Sniper on the Eastern Front (Paperback)
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This book is a rare first-hand account by a ruthlessly efficient German sniper of life and death during the bitter conflict that followed the Nazi invasion of Russia. Josef 'Sepp' Allerberger was an Austrian conscript who qualified as a Wehrmacht machine-gunner and was drafted to the Southern sector of the Front in July 1942.
After being wounded at Voroshilovsk, he experimented successfully with a captured Russian sniper-rifle while
convalescing and returned to his unit as his regiment's only sniper specialist. In the gruelling months that followed, as the German Army was forced to withdraw under almost constant pressure from the Russians, Allerberger became the second most successful German sniper and one of the very few private soldiers to be awarded the coveted Knights Cross.
This harrowing and graphic memoir provides a vivid insight to the atrocious conditions and brutal cruelty of this campaign. There was, we learn, no place for chivalry and few prisoners survived long after capture. Allerberger relates the cunning, discipline and fieldcraft that not only saw him survive during the near constant action but made him such a relentless assassin.
It is a great read and covers just about everything you would want to know about Allerberger, the weapons, techniques and employment of German snipers on the Eastern Front in WWII but does it in a manner and narrative that is never boring and is guaranteed to hold your interest. I read this book in one sitting (I confess to being a bit of a speed reader) and found it so interesting that I have re-read it twice since then as well as referring to it for a few facts now and then. You cannot go wrong in buying this book... It flows and reads like fiction but all of it is true.Argunners Magazine
A must have in your library.
I honestly cannot recommend a better book. It is my favorite book by far. It is gripping and I promise once you start you won't want to stop. It is absolutely amazing. It tells you everything you could possibly want to know about the man, and provides a lot of inside information on both the tactics of a tried and true marksman and the Wehrmacht. The book is just that amazing. I have quoted it for historical projects or just in conversation. It is very very detailed (almost too much in some places). Great book. Would absolutely recommend.Zachary Meiselbach