Adventures in My Youth: A German Soldier on the Eastern by Armin Scheiderbauer

By Armin Scheiderbauer

The writer should be defined as a 'veteran' in each experience of the be aware, even supposing he used to be merely elderly 21 while the battle ended. Armin Scheiderbauer served as an infantry officer with the 252nd Infantry department, German military, and observed 4 years of sour wrestle at the japanese entrance, being wounded six times.This is a phenomenal own memoir, written with nice thoughtfulness and honesty. Scheiderbauer joined his unit through the iciness of 1941/42, and through the subsequent years observed fierce wrestle in lots of of the biggest battles at the jap entrance. His stories of the 1943-45 interval are relatively noteworthy, together with his reminiscences of the large Soviet offensives of summer time 1944 and January 1945. engaging within the sour battles in East Prussia, he was once captured by means of the Soviets and never published till 1947. Adventures in my early life is a distinct memoir - the writer initially wrote it just for his daughter. It hasn't ever been released in any language, formerly.

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I will come back to this later. On the evening of the 15th April the 1st Guards Tank Army left its concentration area and rolled under cover of darkness to the Oder. High above us droned the engines of enemy bombers. Here and there searchlights tore through the darkness. Towards midnight our leading elements reached the Oder crossing points. Isolated shots coming from the bank showed that the enemy was nervous and was expecting our attack at any moment. And then it happened! The night was lit up by signal rockets and muzzle flashes.

Both corps were to combine with elements of Kusnetzov’s and Bogdanov’s armies. From the upper storey of a halfdestroyed building, where my command post was located, one could already see the Brandenburg Gate, where we would meet up with our fighting colleagues. Wide areas of the city were visible from this command post, which took several hours to tidy up. However, as thick soviet conquest - Press 28 Soviet Conquest smoke generally covered the whole area, we had to move our command post closer to the Zoological Gardens.

We entered a long corridor, turned left and then right and finally stood in front of a massive door, similar to that of a treasury. ‘This is where he lived,’ said Shevzov and stood aside to let us through. We inspected Hitler’s reception room, his bedroom, his dining room and his bathroom. Shevzov told us that immediately above Hitler’s quarters lay massive iron plates for protection against bomb and shell attacks. All these years we had sworn to enter the Fascist cave and now we stood in our goal.

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