Top positive review
Vivid and thought provoking factual account of WW2 ordinary soldier
December 16, 2017
Written in the immediate aftermath of WWII, it bares the facts of the diabolic decisions made under armaggedon type situations, no holds barred.
To me, it is the second world war's "All Quiet on the Western Front" as an anti war tome. This is because amidst all the blood, fury, gore and egoistic
superiors, the author and his Russian prisoner are questioning the point of it all. As an empathetic human, I had to put the book down and walk away to do something else to let the tension inside me calm down. When the author is confronted with an horrific moral dilemma in the final section,
I pondered for days after, the emotional trauma this man must have faced during the rest of his life on his embattled return to his destroyed homeland. I am glad he wrote this book when he did and am amazed that people criticised him for doing so. Hopefully, for him personally, it released some of his internal revulsion and horror; for we readers today, it is a clear insight into what ordinary soldiers endured physically, morally and mentally without the embellishment of
Hollywood drama and the blurring of such events that time tends to cause.