Stephen G. Fritz. Frontsoldaten: The German Soldier in World War II. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, x + pp. $ (cloth), ISBN. In exploring the reality of the Landser, the average German soldier in World War II, through letters, diaries, memoirs, and oral histories, Stephen G. Fritz provides. Frontsoldaten: The German Soldier in World War II. Stephen G. Fritz, Author University Press of Kentucky $ (p) ISBN

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James Lucas’ “Soldiers on the Eastern Front”is far more interesting and informative. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.

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Explore the Home Gift Guide. Fritz provides the definitive a Alois Dwenger, writing from the front in May ofcomplained that people forgot “the actions of simple soldiers I believe that true heroism lies in bearing this dreadful everyday life. Garrett Olinde rated it really liked it Mar 01, Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. This book is terrible without the benefit at least of being interesting while being terrible.

Fritz provides frobtsoldaten definitive account of the everyday war of the German front soldier. When trying to make a point, say worlv moral of the soldier in August spldier, Fritz will give several examples from that period, and then throw in a quote fromyou can’t help but wonder what in the Reich does that have to do with anything?

The personal documents of these soldiers, most from the Russian front, where the majority so,dier German infantrymen saw service, paint a richly textured portrait of the Landser that illustrates the complexity and paradox of his daily life. Mike Beadle rated it really liked it Oct 02, Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.

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It is easy to see why these young men, raised in the Hitler Youth, the socialist work force, and finally the Wehrmacht believed what they were told, especially after the devastation and poverty visited upon Germany after WWI.


The author gives a very good account of the Nazi party and regime’s contribution to the mental and spiritual or emotional development of the frontline German soldiers and the incredible degree of unit cohesion that characterized the Wehrmacht. As if to make the Sajer text feel at homeseveral novels are also used to support themes. However it makes one wonder why so much fiction is needed?

This is a great book for those who want to understand the German soldier. While 95 per cent of the action takes place in Russia, Author Fritz will have you waist deep in snow and toss in thoughts from France or North Afrika, you want to reread the paragraph wondering did I get that right? Fritz does not appear to have conducted a single interview on his own. Some concepts such as the Nazification of much of the regular non-SS troops still controversial and debated todaythe affirmation of the Landser’s existence from the feeling of camaraderie, and the importance of the Volksgemeinschaft ideal appear frequently throughout the book and become repetitive.

The book was separated not in terms of time period in fact, the time periods were mixed all together, which I think took away a neat aspect in seeing how their headspaces would have changed as the war went on but subject matter, I suppose.

FritzEast Tennessee State University. Most users should sign in with their email address. It is natural to not care about four years in history that took place so long ago now, for Americans.

This book is well worth the time. Reading it made me very happy to be living in a relatively peaceful era far, far removed from the battlefield.

Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. This book is intense. Related articles in Google Scholar. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Dec 09, Ken rated it it was amazing. Fascinating to see the similarities and differences between how you’d expect “normal” soldiers would react and how these soldiers, in the midst of large-scale ethnic cleansing programs and riding high on propaganda of hate and intolerance, dealt with the war.


In summary, I liked most of the book and would recommend it, but only to those interested in trying to understand what motivated the Landser of WWII.

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Paperbackpages. Recommended Citation Fritz, Stephen G. Aug 27, Sean McGuffin rated frontsoldateen liked it. Jan 19, Amanda rated it really liked it. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

The geographical and chronological transitions are often muddled. Those lines, written by German combatants, are valuable in themselves and make this book worthwhile, but I had hoped for a bit more historical contextualization and look for a bit more substantive contribution crontsoldaten the historian.

“Frontsoldaten: The German Soldier in World War II” by Stephen G. Fritz

Nov 20, Aaron Meyer rated it it was amazing Shelves: When the war was finally over, and his country lay in ruins, the Landser faced a bitter truth: If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. The excerpts from soldiers’ diaries and letters were fascinating and really helps the reader get a sense of the very real feelings occurring within the soldiers while these things were being written.

The spirit of the individual Landser kept the Wehrmacht together in the face of overwhelming events and it is the spirit of these letters that keep this book together, which otherwise might be subtitled – “The Forgotten Soldier: Fritz does a remarkable job of painting a picture of the “average” German infantry soldier or Landser by pulling quotes from diaries, letters and interviews. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

The strength of “Frontsoldaten” is in the excerpts from various collections of the letters of German soldiers. Jun 10, Joe rated it it was ok Shelves: For example I was not greatly interested in the description of the effects of rain, mud, snow, cold, heat, pests.