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SS on the Eastern Front
Stormtrooper on the Eastern Front - Fighting with Hitler's Latvian SS
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by: Fay Baker [ AWESOME_ODP ]


There are many personal accounts of World War II, but not many from the German perspective. This account gives a candid insight into the fight with the German SS against the Russians and the horrors encountered. This book published by Pen and Sword, is written by Mintauts Blosfelds and edited by Lisa Blosfelds (his daughter). It tells Mintauts story in his own words.


This is a soft back book, containing 207 pages, with a section of glossy black and white photographs at its centre. Some of the entries are written in a diary style, while others are more detailed. The contents comprise of: List of maps, forward and acknowledgements, notes on the pronunciation of Latvian names, biographical note and an introduction to the six parts. These parts cover training, the Russian front, recovery, return to the Russian front, retreat from the Russians and prisoner of war.

This book gives a unique perspective of a defining time in world history, as there are not many books that give an insight of war from the other side. Having been given a stark choice of serve the SS or be shipped off to a forced labour camp, this is a honest and insightful personal story. Becoming a prisoner of war and being neglected by the Americans that he surrendered to, and having to find another country to call home. The book finishes with Mintautís entry into a displaced persons camp.


The part of the book that touched me the most is the biographical note from Lisa Blosfelds, giving her fatherís history in her own words, from his time in Latvia to becoming a displaced person, coming to England, working in the coal mines of Yorkshire, marrying and raising a family.
Fay Baker takes a look at a Pen and Sword offering titled 'Stormtrooper on the Eastern Front - Fighting with Hitler's Latvian SS'.
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  Mfg. ID: ISBN 9781526760753
  Suggested Retail: £7.99
  PUBLISHED: May 06, 2019

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These German-perspective tales are only scarce in English and more and more of them are being published either after the passing of the individual or self-published. I know of two such and they make fascinating reading simply because of their perspective. As ever more veterans pass away their estates will yield a treasure trove of photos and documents hidden away for so many decades only to be released after their passing. Sad.
MAY 06, 2019 - 01:27 PM