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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Return to Book Page. Fodgotten Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer. As a member of the elite Gross Deutschland Division, he fought in all the great solrier from Kursk to Kharkov.

The photos of troops battling through snow, mud, burned villages, and rubble-strewn cities depict the hardships and destructiveness of war. Many are originally from the private collections of German soldiers and have never been published before. This volume is a deluxe edition of a true sildier. Paperbackpages. Published October 1st by Potomac Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about The Forgotten Soldierplease sign up. Is there anything bad in this book like Sex scenes? See 2 questions about The Forgotten Soldier…. Lists with This Book. Feb 19, Mark rated it it was amazing Shelves: The best War Memoir I’ve ever read! Heart breaking, brutal, real, lyrical, depressing, insightful, and in solxier ways familiar – I simply loved this book.

Guy Sajer tells his story as a young half french, half german boy joining the Wermacht in His story spans his journey from Germany to Poland for training in the transportation Corps and then to the east in the winter of ’42 to resupply the German Army at the Don river.

Later he joins the Gross Deutschland division as an infantryman in order to qualify for some leave and participates in many of the big battles of the eastern front. He was a soldier in the German army 67 years ago but, frgotten of his descriptions of life as a soldier in a combat zone ring true to my own experiences.

His storytelling is lyrical and heartbreakingly real. He’s honest about his inadaquacies as a soldier – he doesn’t recast his war experiences to make himself out to be a hero – and he doesn’t shy away from describing his early fanatacism about the ideals of the third Reich and then his later disillusionment based at least partly on his realization that being “french” – his dad was french and he was raised in france – he wouldn’t ever really fit in with his german komeraden.

His vivid descriptions of the Russian landscape, combat against the Bolsheviks, the bombings of cities in Germany and their aftermath, are amazing. This is a beautiful, painful, brutal book that anyone looking for a firsthand account of the horrors of combat and war should read.

I’ve heard this referred thd as a forgottten and I now know why. Jan 22, Amit rated it it was amazing Shelves: Writers like Sajer, will never allow the future generations to forget, the miseries of world war soldiers. World war two was fought by soldiers but described by soldiers cum writers; Sajer belongs to this rare breed; he accomplished this rare job by writing, under stressful circumstances and arranging the information, for future readers.


Sajer did a fine job in describing, the situation and psychology of a foot soldier, respect and value of enemy, Morality of a losing infantry, Hate foegotten partisans, Writers like Sajer, will never allow the future generations to forget, the miseries of world war soldiers. Sajer did a fine job in describing, the situation and psychology of a foot soldier, respect and value of enemy, Morality of a losing infantry, Hate for partisans, Agony of dying comrades, Worries of families, Benevolence of seniors, Difficulty of weather, Hardship of immobility, Frustration of illness and much more.

This is a very fine book for those, who want to read about the agonies and pain of German soldiers. This book gives altogether a different aspect of world war.

This helps in understanding a crucial fact of war that May 01, Johnny forgotetn it really liked it. If “All Quiet on the Western Front” left any mark upon you at all, this book will floor you. You will fully understand the brutality tne war, the brutality of the Soviets and the Nazis. You will fully understand the forgottne nature of “total war” and fierce nature of mankind who stoked and fed the machinations of World War.

He’s just a dumb kid in the beginning. He’s an old man at the end. You’ll never put up with jingoistic nonsense ever again.

View all 11 comments. Jan 07, Joseph rated it it was amazing Recommended to Joseph by: Soldiet a war is deadly serious. Discipline, courage and a will to win are critical to success in war. Finding the guts to kill or be killed and to endure almost unbelievable hardship in unbelievable circumstances are too often absolutes for those who must fight.

In a word it was brutal.

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Sajer saw many of his fellow soldiers killed in ways that I will not repeat except to say that there is enough real recounting of how people died to last me several lifetimes. My dad lost his best friend on Guadalcanal. He was killed either by machine gun fire or artillery because his unit was not where they were supposed to be.

The Eastern front was a killing ground, The Germans lost roughly 1. Outside of the Taiping Rebellion and Cultural Revolution in China, I am unaware of casualties this numerous in a single front. Russian losses were greater. Sajer tells me how they died. Ah, will just say that even with my 27 years in the Air Force and I cannot tell you today which side my unit patch went on. These attacks on Sajer are pure unadulterated crap. A real soldier, a special ops guy takes the school house REMF to task at the link below.

As that Spec Ops guy notes: Simply, to read about what battle is like, what to expect and to find out just how bad it can get. Sure, there are many other more comprehensive books about the Russian Front than Sajer’s in terms of troop movements, strategy and such. But, if a reader wants to know what it was like to be a Russian Front soldier, to be afraid, to fight alongside a band of brothers, then Sajer’s is still one of the finest accounts and deserves to remain on professional military reading lists.


View all 3 comments. Sep 06, Ben rated it it was amazing Shelves: Through the eyes of Guy Sajer, I have rediscovered the putrid horror of war and the interminable depth of the human soul. Such a juxtaposition concerns me. In the flowing filth of destruction, can one glimpse the shimmer of the human quality? So many people allude to war as the pinnacle of evil within human nature. Undoubtedly, the mystifying magnitude of our destructive tendencies overwhelms our vision and guides us into stereotypical cognition of ideological evil and discontent.

However, does Through the eyes of Guy Sajer, I have rediscovered the putrid horror of war and the interminable depth of the human soul. However, does this focus distract us from the humanity of it all? Hitler and Stalin and Roosevelt and Churchill had their agendas.

But make no mistake, soldiers on all sides fought for one thing – their lives. Ideology burns like frail tissue paper under the fire of machine guns and anti-tank firgotten. On the field, men fight men. The war between Nationalist Rorgotten and democratic capitalism stayed in warm strategy rooms in the capitals. Set men against each other, and allow nature to take its course. Ultimately, Sajer tells of a soldier’s epic psychological journey. Beginning with a fearful innocence facing interminable threats, it culminates into the carnal void of his existence.

Sajer beautifully renders his story with the wisdom of his age and through the eyes of a young man faced with inhumane devastation. He solcier insights into the human condition which, unfortunately, may not have surfaced outside of wartime circumstances. As the dread swelled, the man endured.

What bliss to see a man survive the depths of hell on earth! What pride to know what the human soul can survive!

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Or, perhaps, Sajer remains on those battlefields, lying face down; his nose half submerged in a block of ice which has settled in the gasp of his open mouth.

Perhaps the gut who now walks among us entombs a deathly void in his bosom and only hears the agonized squealing of a newborn child entering a life of suffering. The psychological impact and emotional drought of war will not leave him and no federal counseling will heal him.

He has become war. And in his sojourn, we, too, feel war; our gy personal decay with him at Memel and on the Dneiper, the beauty of delusion regarding a lost love, a visceral sense of isolation at home because the man who called it home was left mummified in the snow.

Mar 06, Banafsheh Serov rated it really liked it. Stalingrad is lost and the German Army is no longer the formidable force which swept through Europe at the start of the war. In retreat, they are chased and hunted by the much larger Red Army.

Sajer is a seventeen year old German soldier struggling to survive the onslaught from the Russian Army.

Facing starvation,daily fear of enemy bombardment, disease, exhaustion,and the unforgiving Russian winter, Sajer’s experiences are retold with chilling detail and brutal honesty. One should really read such accounts under compulsion, in discomfort