Read The Forgotten Soldier book reviews & author details and more at Amazon. in. In “The Forgotten Soldier” Guy Sajer tries to unravel this mystifying state. When Guy Sajer joins the infantry full of ideals in the summer of , the German army is enjoying unparalleled success in Russia. However. The Forgotten Soldier: Fiction or Fact? Edwin L. Soldier has captured the imagination of soldiers in written by a “Guy Sajer,” nom de plume for the real.

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It’s like watching a kid shrivel emotionally and die intellectually, if that makes sense. His previous books include the bestselling Rebels and Redcoats, written in conjunction with Richard Holmes. Retrieved March 28, Jun 29, Raymond rated it really liked it. Buy 31, Akshay Gowda rated it it was amazing Shelves: An enthralling but appalling story’ Francis Wheen, author of Karl MarxThe cold, one-dimensional figure of Lenin the political fanatic is only a partial truth.

A second period of leave forgottrn later in the memoir – is cancelled before he can even reach his destination, the whole train transport being reversed – back depressingly to the front.

The part that really got me, though, is when Sajer meets his father a Frenchman, who fought on the French side in the Great War during a brief leave to Berlin. I read this book while enduring Officer Candidate School. I’ve heard this referred to as a classic and I now know why. Acts of War Details. Ultimately, Sajer tells of a soldier’s epic psychological journey.


Trivia About The Forgotten Sol But in peacetime one should never, even for an instant, long for war!

It is a most worthy effort but Sajer does not have the literary skills of Erich Remarque. I’d place this on a level with All Quiet on the Western Front.

More importantly, we lie to ourselves when we make the Nazis into superhuman villains. A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston.

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And what do the extreme conditions of war reveal about a man’s basic instincts, his courage or his fear, his urge for self-preservation or self-sacrifice? The best War Memoir I’ve ever read! He’s just a dumb kid in the beginning. The Poles smile back, especially the girls. All too soon he is witness to the horrors of the fighting that follows the fallout from the Wehrmacht’s defeat at Stalingrad and the first retreat from the Don.

Sajer tells me how they died.

The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer

When Guy Sajer joins the infantry full of ideals in the summer ofthe German army is enjoying unparalleled success forgottej Russia. Jul 18, Iuli rated it it was amazing Shelves: How does killing change a man? Sep 06, Ben rated it it was amazing Shelves: For anyone seeking the prespective of a common German soldier, this book is an invaluable work.

Even to the last chapter I was spellbound. He takes us on a journey through two brutal Russian winters, being bombarded by artillery, taking part in battles where his division was outnumbered sometime by thirty to one. The Eastern front in all it’s horrible form. At times in this memoir Sajer comes out with some truly shocking comments – “Throughout the war, one of the biggest mistakes was to treat German soldiers even worse than prisoners, instead of allowing us to rape and steal – crimes which we were condemned for in the end anyway.


They were people with ideals, capable of courage and victims guu their own demons. He went to Berlin but found life there little different from the war zone in the Ukraine: The New York Times.

As with every book of this kind everyone would tend to be a little skeptic that the actions portrayed actually took place. The Kappillan of Malta Details. The photos of troops battling through snow, mud, burned villages, and rubble-strewn cities depict the hardships and destructiveness of war. He fought back and forth across the Eastern Front for the last several years and was by the end of the way a veteran of more fighting than most people see in a 30 year career though he was not yet 19 years old.

He offers insights into the human condition which, unfortunately, may not have surfaced outside of wartime circumstances.

The Forgotten Soldier

Everyone should read it to realize how our problems and pain are minuscule and how lucky we are. This is not a book that goes into great details about historic facts. I read Sajer’s thr 20 years ago and I was deeply impressed by it. This is no glamorization of war.