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Mortar Gunner on the Eastern Front (Hardback)

Volume II: Russia, Hungary Lithuania, and the Battle for East Prussia

WWII Greenhill Books Greenhill: WWII Memoirs

By Hans Heinz Rehfedlt
Greenhill Books
Pages: 340
Illustrations: 100
ISBN: 9781784383657
Published: 2nd October 2019


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Returning to his old unit, the grenade launcher, in May 1944, he experienced the heavy defensive battles in Romania as a platoon commander and from August 1944 in East Prussia and Lithuania. After being transferred by ship from Memel to Königsberg in late 1944, he took part in the battles for Ostprussen in the winter of 1944/1945. Constantly exposed to the attacks of Russian bombers and fighter planes and severely wounded by shrapnel on the leg, he manages, with the help of a Russian volunteer and a horse-drawn vehicle from Balga to Rosenberg, from there by ship transport via Pillau to Swinoujscie and by train to Schwerin.

Fleeing the impending Russian imprisonment to the west, he falls into American captivity on 3 May 1945 and is released in July 1945 in the home.

Memories of a corporal and platoon commander in the grenade launcher 1943-1945.

This is the book I have been avidly awaiting following the earlier publication of Volume 1 of Hans Rehfeldt’s extraordinary account of his service with Grossdeutschland on the Eastern Front. Volume 1 was compelling reading and Volume 2 does not disappoint. It is an intense read, taking the reader along with the author as he fights to survive. That he survived against the odds is a story in itself but the eloquence and detail he brings to his account is compelling. As in Volume 1 his story is supported by his sketch maps and photographs that add real value to the account. Quite excellent, and one of the very best personal accounts of combat.

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