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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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. Karl rated it really liked it Oct 25, Helps explain why the German army was so relentlessly efficient in battle. Sar details Hardcover Publisher: Books by Stephen G. Get to Know Us.

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Sep 13, AskHistorians added it Shelves: This book also helps to understand how so many fell under the spell of Hitler, when viewed from below, so many of the policies of the Nazi’s seem to make sense. Files Download Download Full Text 6. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Don’t have an account? Fritz provides the definitive account of the everyday war of the German front soldier.

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Most users should sign in with their email address. Recommended Citation Fritz, Stephen G. The western allies had nothing comparable to the pre-military training the Nazis employed – first, the Hitler Youth, then the labor force, let alone what appears to have been extremely effective ideological indoctrination.

Fritz humanizes an often dehumanized class of people.

Frontsoldaten: The German Soldier in World War II

Sep 24, Chuck Sylvester rated it liked it. Nov 20, Aaron Meyer rated it it was amazing Shelves: I could of done without his rambling and thoughts at the end, for his ideas to me just didn’t hold much water some of the times. In case you didn’t get the idea, one of the chapters is titled after a Sajer quote. Fritz provides the definitive a Alois Dwenger, writing from the front in May ofcomplained that people forgot “the actions of simple soldiers Soldiers, Civilians, and the Death of the Third Reich attempts to: As if to make the Sajer text feel at homeseveral novels are also used to support themes.

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Aug 31, Stephanie rated it liked it Shelves: Article PDF first page preview. Write a customer review. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. The intensity of emotions expressed by these men is heart wrenching. Fortunately in “Frontsoldaten” there xoldier plenty of stories “from the Letters of Germzn the Home Gift Guide. 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 from the historian.


It is natural to not care about germam years in history that took place so long ago now, for Americans. Prior to reading this book I had alw I read this book several years ago.

I believe that true heroism lies in bearing this dreadful everyday life. I love most war and especially ww2 material, but this was just so tedious.

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

I The strength of “Frontsoldaten” is in the excerpts from various collections of the letters of German soldiers. Jun 26, carl theaker rated it it was ok Solier Fritz explores the regular German infantry soldier and compare him with American, English and Russian soldiers. See all 57 reviews. Too many quotations strung along on tenuous lines of analysis.

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