On the Eastern Front at Seventeen (ePub)
The Memoirs of a Red Army Soldier, 1942–1944
This is the true story of a young Red Army soldier during the Second World War, told in his own words. Recruited into the army aged just seventeen, Sergei Drobyazko’s introduction to battle is a violent one: forced to retreat from his home city of Krasnodar after it is set ablaze by German forces. Later, Drobyazko is captured by the Germans and placed in a concentration camp, where prisoners are reduced to eating scavenged rubbish and bathing battle wounds in urine.
After a daring escape from the camp, he enters service once more, rising to the rank of sergeant in an infantry regiment. During this time, he witnesses the execution of deserters and the routine ill-treatment of German prisoners of war by vengeful Soviet troops. After surviving an attack that decimates his detachment, Drobyazko is almost court-martialled. Seriously wounded in 1944, he retrains as a radio operator, but he never returns to the war front.
In this gripping memoir, Drobyazko sets down his experience of the war as it unfolded around him. He claims to have consulted no historical sources and to have simply relied on his own memory, making this a deeply personal account. Translated into English for the first time, this unique account will be enjoyed by readers with an interest in military history.
An inherently fascinating and riveting read from first page to last, "On the Eastern Front at Seventeen: The Memoirs of a Red Army Soldier, 1942 - 1944" is a unique and seminal contribution to the growing library of World War II memoirs.Midwest Book Review
It is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university library collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.
"...definitely a worthwhile read and addition to any library on the Eastern Front or WWII."WWII and Other Books Reviews, August 2022
I really enjoyed this book, one of the better personal accounts of Russian soldiers, well worth a read, and quite interesting.The History Fella
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The book is an insight and interesting look into Russian wartime actions.Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)
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