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Forgotten Soldier recounts the horror of World War II on the eastern front, as seen through the eyes of a teenaged German soldier. At first an exciting adventure, young Guy Sajer’s war becomes, as the German invasion falters in the icy vastness of the Ukraine, a simple, desperate struggle for survival against cold, hunger, and above all the terrifying Soviet artillery. As a member of the elite Gross Deutschland Division, he fought in all the great battles from Kursk to Kharkov.
Sajer's German footsoldier’s perspective makes The Forgotten Soldier a unique war memoir, the book that the Christian Science Monitor said "may well be the book about World War II which has been so long awaited." Now it has been handsomely republished containing fifty rare German combat photos of life and death at the eastern front. 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 classic.
“I don’t think that anyone who reads [it] to the end will ever forget it.”—New York Times
“Sajer is blunt in explaining his reason for sharing his experiences: ‘to reanimate, with all the intensity I can summon, those distant cries from the slaughterhouse.’ He succeeds in doing just that. . . . This book will remain relevant because it explores the psychology of the soldier at war.”—Military Review
“May well be accorded equal respect with War and Peace as the masterpiece reporting war’s reality.”—David Douglas Duncan, photojournalist and author of This is War! and War Without Heroes
“[[This] may be the book about World War II which has been so long awaited.”—Christian Science Monitor
“A work of soul.”—LIFE Magazine
“Transcends language and nationality to address the human race.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Few memoirs can compare with this work in range of feeling, depths of self-analysis, or vivid recounting of combat. This exception book is highly recommended.”—Library Journal
“[Forgotten Soldier] must be read. . . . An enduring indictment of the evil of war and what it does to man.”—Louisville Courier-Journal
“Eloquent . . . powerful . . . Critics have likened it to All Quiet on the Western Front.”—John Barkham