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    Are there any first and account books you guys would recommend on reading?

    Some i have enjoyed reading very much
    Panzer Commander - Hans Von Luck
    Sniper on the Eastern Front - Memoirs of Sepp Allerberger
    Blood Red Snow - Gunter K. Koschorrek (Eastern fornt MG gunner)

    P.S If you guys are aware of a good German Infantry or American Infantry books let me know.

    Thanks
    D

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    A Foot Soldier For Patton is one of my favorites ones. I haven't read it since I finished around a year or two ago but it was a very good book.

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    "The forgotten Soldier" by Guy Sajer. An excellent read, it really puts you in a mud covered, lice infested, tattered German uniform in the frozen wastes of the Eastern front. Cheers,
    Dave.

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    Ernst Junger, Storm of Steel (WW1)

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    A few i have have read over the past few years,and really enjoyed are ( in no particular order of preference )
    Stanley Weintraub " Silent night " about the xmas truce of 1914
    Hajo Herrmann " Eagles wings " Luftwaffe pilot
    Gottlob Herbert Bidermann " in deadly combat " Eastern front memoirs
    Wilhelm R Gehlen/Don a Gregory " Two soldiers,Two lost fronts " War diarys from Stalingrad and North Africa campaigns
    Herbert A Werner " Iron Coffins " U-boat commander memoirs
    I found all these a great read
    Cheers MP40

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    To add to the thread....
    I just about finish reading 'Walking Away from the Third Reich' and i would, put it on my top 5 favorite books. It a great story about a soldier in 79th Artillery, 1st mountain division. He is first put as a gunner and then becomes a FO. Very good

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    Quote by sandgroper View Post
    "The forgotten Soldier" by Guy Sajer. An excellent read, it really puts you in a mud covered, lice infested, tattered German uniform in the frozen wastes of the Eastern front. Cheers,
    Dave.
    One of my favorites!

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    I am currently reading Rommel by Desmund Young which may be not a true first account but the Author had interviewed many high ranking german and British officers as well as Frau Rommel and there son Manfred and has included much of there testimony in the book.

    Regards Mark

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    Hi D,
    Walking away from the third reich is my favourite too!
    Here are some more crackers in no particular order!!

    Soldat-Reflections of a German soldier by Siegfried Knappe
    Through hell for Hitler by Henry Metelmann
    Eastern Inferno-The journals of a German Panzerjäger by Mason Kunze
    The outermost frontier by Helmut Pabst
    At Leningrads gates by William Lubbeck
    Heaven & Hell-War diary of a German paratrooper by Martin Pöppel
    Adventures in my youth by Armin Scheiderbauer
    Condemned to live by Franz Frisch
    Grenadiers by Kurt Meyer
    Dance of death by Erich Kern
    I Survived by Godfrey Lias
    I flew for the Führer by Heinz Knoke
    The good soldier by Alfred Novotny
    Twilight of the Gods by Thorolf Hillblad
    Panzer Gunner by Bruno Friesen
    SS Panzergrenadier by Hans Schmidt

    Those are all of the German first hand account books I have.
    My latest book purchase was Normandiefront, D-day to Saint-Lô Through German Eyes, which although not written by one Soldat mainly concentrates on a few men with input from Americans too and is a quality read!
    My favourite American book has to be 'Tonight We Die As Men'.

    I hope this has helped you?
    Cheers
    Jay

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    All great recommendations

    I also enjoyed Sniper Ace, Bruno Sutkus

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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