WAR DIARY 1941 ' 45 : A REPORT.

Kern, Ernst.


Vantage Press, New York, 1st ed., 1993. Vii + 152 pp., photo-ills. D.j., 21 x 14cm. FINE. This is the lesser-heard perspective of a German infantryman who offers the insights of a boy who grew to manhood amid some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, the Ukraine, Caucasus and Carpathians, during World War II, but who nevertheless experienced the infantryman's lot of dirt, drudgery, disease and death. The author was eighteen in early 1941 when he volunteered for military service in the German army, the lesser of the options facing him, and his preference was to join the mountain troops as a Gebirgsjager. The war against Russia started on June 22nd and three days later the author received orders to report for duty to the First Mountain Division, Ninety-Eighth Regiment, at the Mountain Troop Barracks in Mittenwald. From here he went on to experience the Static War on the Mius, 1941/42, the Caucasus Campaign, 1942/43, Intermezzo, 1943/44, retreat during the summer of 1944, and then the last months of war, all of which are recorded in this UNCOMMON book.

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