Blood Red Snow

Blood Red Snow

The Memoirs of A German Soldier on the Eastern Front

Book - 2002
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Gunther Koschorrek wrote his illicit diary on any scraps of paper he could lay his hands on. As keeping a diary was strictly forbidden, he sewed the pages into the lining of his thick winter coat and deposited them with his mother on infrequent trips home on leave. The diary went missing and it was when he was reunited with his daughter in America some forty years later that it came to light and became Blood Red Snow. The horror and confusion of fighting in the streets of Stalingrad are brought to life by his descriptions of the others in his unit: their differing manners and techniques for dealing with the squalor and death. This harrowing book takes the reader to the front line and paints a very human picture of what life was like under relentless Russian attacks in freezing conditions. As Koschorrek says in his introduction, the book stands as a memorial to the huge numbers on both sides who did not survive and is, over five decades later, the fulfillment of a responsibility he feels to honor the memory of those who perished.
Publisher: London : Greenhill ; Pennsylvania, PA : Stackpole Books, 2002
Description: 318 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps, ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781853675089
Branch Call Number: 940.5482 Kos


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Aug 26, 2019

A non-fiction book about the life of a German soldier from 1941 to the end of WW2. The story utilises the diary entries of a real soldier during WW2, but rather than just diary entries, the author uses the diary material entry to weave a gripping story of life from Stalingrad as if it were actually happening in real time. A brief stint in Europe fighting partisans, then back to the Russian front until the end of the war. The story is raw and gritty and describes real-life combat and its consequences to human life. One by one the author's friends are claimed by the war until by the end, just about only the author survives from the original group of soldiers. A very intriguing read which has no storyline or plot as such, but describes in detail the day to day existence of a life in hell.

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