Five years, four fronts : a German officer's World War II by Georg Grossjohann
By Georg Grossjohann
After Hitler’s invasions of Poland and France got here the Russian Front–and that’s while the genuine battle started.
An infantryman who rose from the enlisted ranks to regimental command in strive against, Georg Grossjohann fought on 4 diverse fronts in the course of global conflict II, yet observed such a lot of his fighting–from 1941 to 1944–against Russians within the Soviet Union and Romania. He offers shattering glimpses of the horror and chaos of the battle, in addition to profound insights into lifestyle within the Wehrmacht.
Five Years, 4 Fronts chronicles the strive against studies of Grossjohann and his males as they triumphantly roll throughout Poland, France, and the sunny steppes of the Ukraine, simply to finally maintain grinding defeats within the unending, freezing plains of the Soviet Union and the bleak, darkish Vosges Mountains of France. Grossjohann was once a soldier’s soldier, revered by way of his males, undaunted by means of his superiors, and, as could be saw during this uncooked, brutally sincere account, now not afraid to name the photographs as he observed them.
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They never quite succeeded in taking the town named after the Soviet dictator, but the battle did seriously weaken the Germans, who could not replace the enormous losses they were sustaining . . while their Soviet enemies could. The Soviets launched their winter offensive in late 1942 and cut off the Sixth Army around Stalingrad, while driving the rest of Army Group B back from the Don. Simultaneously, they attacked to drive the Germans out of the Caucasus entirely. By the end of January 1943, the quarter million German and Axis soldiers who were encircled at Stalingrad had been reduced to 90,000—all of whom were captured by the beginning of February.
They always willingly gave me what they had—sometimes a couple of fresh eggs or a few slices of their exquisite homemade bread. I reciprocated now and then, with a little bottle of cologne or a bar of good soap, things we soldiers from time to time received from the Axmy canteen. Both were highly appreciated, especially by the daughter of the house. It was pitiful how this nice relationship was later changed due to bad mistakes in the political realm. Surely it was not only those mistakes, but also the fact that we were stuck at the Mius.
Given this sort of attitude, it is understandable that at Ludwigslust, we East Prussian grenadiers were only met with the greatest suspicion! When our new humble, commoner regimental adjutant timidly asked his noble colleague if our officers could use the officers' mess of the cavalry regiment for a social event, he was turned down out of hand. The excuse was that the cavalry mess was home to so many valuables, including gifts from the former reigning houses of Mecklenburg, that we could not be allowed entry.