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Mon Apr 9, 2018, 01:22 PM

Im reading again Guy sajer forgotten soldier

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Iíve read it three times once in the 1980s and then last year. And again today after sajer transfered to infantry and completed training. As he describes the battle of belgerod in summer of 1943 I am thinking Guy sajer is in battle of Kursk.

And what I am thinking is sajer was a landser and as we all know as infantrymen you have no clue where your at higher ups make those decisions. And sajer first language was French,Just my observations.

As in how some question if this is authentic. I do think sajer served in Gross Deutschland I do not feel in reading this. That it should be taken as battle history of the GD on east front. But rather one mans personal experiences that were written after the war. Who perhaps struggled with the horror and memories of east front.

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Reply Im reading again Guy sajer forgotten soldier (Original post)
TEB Apr 2018 OP
Aristus Apr 2018 #1
TEB Apr 2018 #2
Aristus Apr 2018 #3
TEB Apr 2018 #4
BigOleDummy Apr 2018 #5
TEB Apr 2018 #8
braddy Apr 2018 #6
TEB Apr 2018 #7
braddy Apr 2018 #9
TEB Apr 2018 #10
braddy Apr 2018 #11
DashOneBravo Apr 2018 #12

Response to TEB (Original post)

Mon Apr 9, 2018, 01:42 PM

1. He and his book have come under a certain amount of controversy

regarding the veracity of his story. It doesn't detract from the shattering experience of reading about life on the Eastern Front in WWII.

Incredible memoir.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 9, 2018, 01:46 PM

2. I agree

But I do feel by reading that sajer served in Gross Deutschland on east front

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Response to TEB (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 9, 2018, 01:47 PM

3. Me too.

n/t

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Response to Aristus (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 9, 2018, 01:48 PM

4. In what I was thinking

To sajer he may have asked what is nearest city. In battle of belgorod in summer of 43 to him he may have never heard of Kursk so this is what Iím basing my thoughts on

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Response to TEB (Original post)

Mon Apr 9, 2018, 02:31 PM

5. Its been ....

many years since I've last read it. Very powerful work.

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Response to BigOleDummy (Reply #5)

Mon Apr 9, 2018, 03:16 PM

8. Agree

And in reading it again I admire the veteran august wiener the Mg -42 gunner that sajer was his Assistant gunner he saved those boys hide Hans and sajer.

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Response to TEB (Original post)

Mon Apr 9, 2018, 02:48 PM

6. A moving book, and the controversy doesn't really have any effect on what makes the book so

 

important to read.

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Response to braddy (Reply #6)

Mon Apr 9, 2018, 03:03 PM

7. What I take from the book

Is sajers constant suffering as landser now thank god as former infantry I never suffered as him or comerades

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Response to TEB (Reply #7)

Mon Apr 9, 2018, 04:03 PM

9. During that 1973 alert my artillery unit was drawing cold weather gear, and I really did not want

 

to fight in Russia.

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Response to braddy (Reply #9)

Mon Apr 9, 2018, 04:16 PM

10. Yes

After I caught PCs from Bragg I ended up in west Germany as mech infantry. It was late 85 I do think we could have checked Warsaw Pact in our AO. As in terrain choke points but we would have paid dearly to stop them with our wreckage.

Now in North Germany very flat terrain armor has maneuver territory I do think the Warsaw Pact would have made gains and encircled nato ,My opinion is all.

Very thankful it never happened

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Response to TEB (Reply #10)

Mon Apr 9, 2018, 05:06 PM

11. In 1985 I was in a LRRP unit for 5th Corp, it was a very tense time for NATO, if the Communists

 

missed that 84, 85, window, then they would miss their chance for many years to come, and miss it they did.

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Response to TEB (Original post)

Mon Apr 9, 2018, 06:41 PM

12. Ill have to check it out

Iíve never heard of it.

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