Laffin, John.


1st ed., 1965. Xviii + 238 pp., photo & other plates. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Nr.FINE. The author believed that for too long the image of the German soldier had been distorted by the atrocities of the Nazis. This book aims to give the ordinary German soldier his due through a story that traces the background and influences that shaped the character of the German soldier from the time of Frederick the Great to the end of the Second World War. It includes an illuminating account of the creation of an officer corps during the years of German unification and of the attitude of the individual soldier to the increasing militarism of the years before the First World War. It also includes a graphic account of the ill-fated campaign during the Russian winter of 1942, culminating in the defeat at Stalingrad, and pays tribute to German tenacity and resourcefulness.

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