Read The Forgotten Soldier book reviews & author details and more at Amazon. in. In “The Forgotten Soldier” Guy Sajer tries to unravel this mystifying state. When Guy Sajer joins the infantry full of ideals in the summer of , the German army is enjoying unparalleled success in Russia. However. The Forgotten Soldier: Fiction or Fact? Edwin L. Soldier has captured the imagination of soldiers in written by a “Guy Sajer,” nom de plume for the real.

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Feb 12, Dhiraj Sharma rated it it was amazing. One is cherished for the solcier that count while the other will bring a peace only dreamed about.

Feb 11, Kamal Anwar rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: May 01, Johnny rated it really liked it. We learn of efforts by the British to seize Enigma material from U-boats, how Germany’s so-called Grey Wolves were sajsr always brave or invincible, and the role of American submarines in bringing Japan to its knees.

Sajer beautifully renders his story with the wisdom of his age and through the eyes of a young man faced with inhumane devastation. The hunger, sleeplessness, cold, depravity, tiredness and constant stuggle for survival take their toll on the foggotten who is hardly out of his teens.

It often strikes me with horror that peace is really extremely monotonous. He has long since established a sooldier as a popular historian with a particular interest in good soldiering.

So I have stayed as I am, without regret, separated from the normal human condition. Sure there may be some areas that the author has muddled, but has also been implied he may have a bit to hide.

The Road Past Mandalay Details. But thereupon, some of the author’s buddies and others from the division came forward and confirmed much of what he wrote.

If you want to read a story about what war is really like, then read this book.


They turn to one of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful men. He believes in the anti-communist part of the cause, which is more understandable. Aug 05, Handrick added it. The War of the Running Dogs Details. The detailed descriptions of Ukraine were another personal highlight of interest. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz.

So I’ll split the difference. In he volunteered to become an infantryman in the elite Gross Deutchland division in exchange for a one week leave in Germany. But first they must sow confusion and soldisr in the ranks of their enemies.

The Forgotten Soldier

However, he quickly finds that for the foot soldier the glory of military success hides a much harsher reality of hunger, fatigue and constant deprivation. The devastating true story of a young Franco-German soldier trapped in the lethal machinery of total war on the Eastern Front in the Second World War.

How does killing change a man? View all 3 comments. Sajer has his share of asides and oddities. Three members of the patrol were killed. He’s honest about his inadaquacies as a soldier – he doesn’t recast his war experiences to make himself out to be a hero – and he doesn’t shy away from describing his early fanatacism about the ideals of the third Reich and then his later disillusionment based at least partly on his realization that being “french” – his dad was french and he was raised in france – he wouldn’t ever really fit in with his german komeraden.

What pride to know what the human soul can survive!

The best part of this book for me at this stage in my life was hearing the similarities between an average German soldier in WW2 and knowing how close his s Meh. And what do the extreme conditions of war reveal about a man’s basic instincts, his courage or his fear, his urge for self-preservation or self-sacrifice? They were people with ideals, capable of courage and victims of their own demons. This was the war at sea as it really was. Sajer does a fantastic job of getting across the bonds between him and his gyy.


Yet, pain is international, and the raw experience of war at its worst is what saves The Forgotten Soldier. The ending was moving. As if she were still alive. Mar 06, Banafsheh Serov rated it really liked it.

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The cast of colourful characters includes an American who devised plunging boats to attack the British, then switched sides and tried to help the Royal Navy defeat Napoleon; a sooldier monk who created submersible boats to assist the cause of Irish liberation; and a spy who, during the American Civil War, hid Confederate submarine secrets in her bonnet.

At some point he seems to realize that the only thing he’s really fighting for is self-preservation. He was killed either by machine gun fire or artillery because his unit was not where they were supposed to be. He built a state based on terror.

Feb 19, Mark rated it it was amazing Shelves: Is one of a number of books about his former enemy. Supporters of the work argue that historical facts of strategic troop movements can be found elsewhere, and that the strength of this particular work is in the emotion and the visceral experience, and I’ll have to agree. This is soldiwr very fine book for those, who want to read about the agonies and pain of German soldiers. Want to Read saving…. As the war progresses, and following a brief respite of sorts during leave in Berlin where he witnesses a terrifying daytime Allied air raidSajer and his comrades foggotten ‘volunteered’ into the elite Grosse Deutschland division as infantry.