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With the German Guns (Paperback)

Four Years on the Western Front

WWI

By Herbert Sulzbach
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781848848641
Published: 23rd April 2012

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At once harrowing and light-hearted, Sulzbach's exceptional diary has been highly praised since its orginal publication in Germany in 1935. With the reprint of this classic account of trench warfare it records the pride and exhilaration of what to him was the fight for a just cause. It is one of the very few available records of an ordinary German soldier during the First World War.

“One of the most noteable books on the Great War. It is a book which finely expressed the true soldierly spirit on its highest level; the combination of a high sense of duty, courage, fairness and chivalry.” Sir Basil Liddell Hart

This is an invaluable eye-witness account of life at the lower levels of the German Army during the First World War, written by a reasonable, tolerant and patriotic German.

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History of War, John Rickard

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Forces War Record June 2016

This is an important book at several levels. The author was a German Jew who fought through WWI as a German soldier, received two Iron Cross awards, remained in Germany until 1937, fled the Nazis to England and was commissioned in the British Army. An engaging story that is well-told.

Firetrench

This is a cracking book by a quite unique individual.

This book cover his experiences in WW1 from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on 28th June 1914, and his subsequent enlistment, to the end of the war in 1918 and his discharge on 8th December. It is a very honest book and, written as a diary, no attempt has been made to moderate views in any particular areas and, at times, some of the language can be a touch dated. The writer captures the camaraderie and spirit of the German Army during the war and especially captures the affinity between the various Arms and the mutual respect that existed, most notably between the infantry and the artillery. He neatly details how welcome he is made by the infantry when he moves into the trenches as an artillery observer with good communications (some things never change!).

This is an excellent book that is an excellent description of the German soldier’s view of the war. It is quite superb and I recommend it to anyone interested in this period.

ARRSE - untallguy

With the German Guns is a contemporary account of the First World War from the perspective of one German Officer. Since its publication in 1935 its has become a classic, sharing the ordinary soldier's view of the war and the soldiery spirit at the front.

Herbert Sulzbach's first person diary focuses on four years of trench warfare and is a valuable contribution to the overall individual story of the First World War, more so than many other such accounts perhaps, as the author was German.

OCAD Militaria Collectors Resources - Olivier Dorrell

Really interesting story of a German officer in WW1 . What was amazing was that right up to the end the soldiers hung on and believed in at least a stalemate when everyone back home was "done" with the war.

Amazon Reviewer

First person accounts of a historical event can never be matched by the historian. Sulzbach was a very interesting man, and his book is very well worth a read and to add to ones WW1 library

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