A Stranger to Myself: The Inhumanity of War: Russia, by Willy Peter Reese

By Willy Peter Reese

A Stranger to Myself: The Inhumanity of battle, Russia 1941-44 is the haunting memoir of a tender German soldier at the Russian entrance in the course of international battle II. Willy Peter Reese used to be in basic terms 20 years outdated whilst he discovered himself marching via Russia with orders to take no prisoners.

Three years later he was once lifeless. Bearing witness to--and engaging in--the atrocities of battle, Reese recorded his reflections in his diary, forsaking an clever, touching, and illuminating viewpoint on lifestyles at the jap entrance. He documented the carnage perpetrated by way of either side, the destruction which used to be exacerbated by way of the younger soldiers' starvation, frostbite, exhaustion, and their day-by-day fight to outlive. And he wrestled along with his personal sins, with the belief that what he and his fellow infantrymen had performed to civilians and enemies alike used to be unforgivable, along with his starting to be knowledge of the Nazi guidelines towards Jews, and along with his deep disillusionment with himself and his fellow men.

An foreign sensation, A Stranger to Myself is an unforgettable account of fellows at conflict.

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They passed over the island of Husevaag with its German naval look-out post on the southern edge of Vaagsfjord and continued with their bombing run. It was hoped that the 33 Operation Archery - The Commandos and the Vaagso Raid 1 9 4 1 One of the most famous images from Operation Archery- a still photograph taken from film of the raid, hence its grainy nature. The image shows commandos ashore on Maaloy Island just after landing, moving through the smoke screen laid by Hampden bombers. (IWM, N520) presence of these bombers flying low over the observation post would divert enemy attention skywards away from the warships sliding quietly up the fjord.

The Onslow put boarding parties aboard the two Norwegian vessels. The Eismeer remained stationary out in the fjord, unable to generate enough steam to get underway before the action started. It was later sunk by shell fire from the warships. Whilst Onslow was engaged in its little sea battle, Oribi steamed on up the Ulvesund to disembark Capt Birney's Group 5 on Vaagso Island north of the main town. At 1020hrs the group was landed just south of the village of North Vaagso. They went ashore unopposed and immediately set about blocking the road that ran alongside the Ulvesund.

HMS Kenya, in conjunction with Hampden bombers, carried out a practice bombardment on a dummy battery at Stack Skerry to coordinate timings and objectives for the final mission. A further combined rehearsal involving all forces, Exercise 'L2', was later postponed due to bad weather. The practice landings could not go ahead, but Kenya and the RAF once again cooperated in their final rehearsal during another dummy attack on Stack Skerry. Everything so far had gone according to plan and expectations were high that all events and timetables would mesh together completely on the day to ensure an effective amphibious landing.

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