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Thursday, May 04, 2006

"Sniper on the Eastern Front": An Amazing Little Book

Well, I actually finished reading this book a while ago. It is a short book and very easy to read. I don't know what else to say other than it really is an amazing little book! It is an autobiography but the author didn't write it himself, he related the events to a professional writer. I was quite impressed at the level of detail in the book. The author apparently has an extremely good grasp on all his WWII experiences. I can definitely recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the history of WWII, or the Eastern Front. It is quite fascinating to see how snipers were used, not only in static position fighting, but also in open engagements. Some of the techniques the author used to sap the morale out of Soviet charges is particularly amazing. One of the most striking aspects of this book are all positively horrible things that the author witnessed. I'm talking about things that can keep you awake at night! Let me tell you, if you have ever wondered why some combat vets refuse to EVER talk about their experiences, you will begin to understand after reading this book. Did I mention that it's an amazing little book?

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