Sniper on the Eastern Front by Albrecht Wacker

Sniper on the Eastern Front

By Albrecht Wacker

  • Release Date: 2008-06-15
  • Genre: Military
Score: 4.5
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Description

Josef “Sepp” Allerberger was the second most successful sniper of the German Wehrmacht and one of the few private soldiers to be honoured with the award of the Knight’s Cross. An Austrian conscript, after qualifying as a machine gunner he was drafted to the southern sector of the Russian Front in July 1942. Wounded at Voroshilovsk, he experimented with a Russian sniper-rifle while convalescing and so impressed his superiors with his proficiency that he was returned to the front on his regiment’s only sniper specialist. In this sometimes harrowing memoir, Allerberger provides an excellent introduction to the commitment in fieldcraft, discipline and routine required of the sniper, a man apart. There was no place for chivalry on the Russian Front. Away from the film cameras, no prisoner survived long after surrendering. Russian snipers had used the illegal explosive bullet since 1941, and Hitler eventually authorised its issue in 1944. The result was a battlefield of horror. Allerberger was a cold-blooded killer, but few will find a place in their hearts for the soldiers of the Red Army against whom he fought.

Reviews

  • Remarkable

    5
    By 1shot1kilk
    Through the eyes of a young german sniper this read is truly a must. Will keep you on the edge of your seat up until the very last page. Written much like The Forgotten Soldier this story shows the trials and hardships of a soldier regardless of allegiance.
  • Sniper on the Eastern Front

    5
    By G.J.R. 144
    Gripping, suspenseful, and, at times, thoroughly horrifying, Sniper on the Eastern Front is a must read for anyone interested in World War II, sniping, the German Wehrmacht, or 20th century history. It is certainly one of the best books I have ever read. Be warned, this is not a book for the faint of heart, for the accounts of Soviet torture are extremely graphic and brutal. It is important to understand that in order to provide an accurate description of combat on the Eastern Front, the author must include these disturbing accounts. Once again, I highly recommend this book.
  • Great story

    5
    By cephren
    Captivating book. Clearly outlines the horrors of war
  • Valid first hand account

    2
    By Tim in Tennessee
    As the son of a Pacific theater WWII veteran of the US 3d Marine Division, I know that a soldier's memory fades as to most of the finer details of events experienced decades earlier. This is natural. This book is the same. My father would not discuss much of the war and the brutalities he witnessed until later in his life. This author's account is much like my fathers's was. Generalities are all that he recalls except for the few especially memorable events usually involving the deaths of friends or the enemy. I enjoyed the book. My first time to read an accounting of German soldier versus Red Army in WWII. It was a very interesting perspective--that of a soldier whose entire military career was spent constantly on the retreat. It is really a good story of survival.
  • Great story

    5
    By Iamspy007
    This is one of those books that once you start you can't put it down. This is told from real life experiences. Some of the stories are not for the timid. I read it once and find myself reading it a second time. It would make for a good movie but it may not be one that is not politically correct.

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