Altner, Helmut.


Spellmount, Staplehurst, 1st ed., 2002. Vii + 248 pp., 32 photo-plates + 12 maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. Here is a teenager’s vivid and moving account of his experiences as a conscript during the final desperate six weeks of the Third Reich’s existence, supplemented with notes and photographs to illustrate how his experiences fitted into the overall picture. After some basic training on the Eastern Front, the author was caught up in the massive Soviet assault on Berlin, fought against turncoat ‘Seylditz-Troops, then retreated successfully before taking part in the defence of the western suburb of Spandau, where he became one of the only two survivors of his company of teenagers.~~~~~

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