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Blood Red Snow

The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front
Written by: Günter K. Koschorrek
Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Gunter Koschorrek wrote his illicit diary on any scraps of paper he could lay his hands on. As keeping a diary was strictly forbidden, he sewed the pages into the lining of his thick winter coat and deposited them with his mother on infrequent trips home on leave. The diary went missing, and it was when he was reunited with his daughter in America some 40 years later that it came to light and became Blood Red Snow.

The author was a keen recruit at initial training, and his excitement at the first encounter with the enemy in the Russian Steppe is obvious. The horror and confusion of fighting in the streets of Stalingrad are brought to life by his descriptions of the others in his unit; their differing manners and techniques for dealing with the squalor and death. He is also posted to Romania and Italy, assignments he remembers fondly compared to his time on the Eastern Front.

This book stands as a memorial to the huge numbers on both sides who did not survive and is, over five decades later, the fulfillment of a responsibility he feels to honor the memory of those who perished. Gunter K. Koschorrek was a machine-gunner on the Russian front in WWII. He lives in Germany, having retired from his job as managing director of a sales company.

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Worth reading.

One of the best german eastern first hand accounts I’ve yet found. I would quite put it up there with E.B Sledges edge of your seat read “with the old breed” but it does have something that Sledge didn’t. This book has one of the best first hand accounts of amazing leadership, and very poor leadership and how each can raise the troops up or make them completely fail.

“Two recruits went missing from our barracks in Poland, upon questions their comrades it became apparent they did not desert they were simply gone... this was not an uncommon event in Poland” little tid bits such as these really help put you into the shoes of the individuals and the horrors faced by all sides

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  • fill
  • 2018-08-04

Great Book

Liked the story from a grunts point of view on the Eastern Front. Narrator was good except the English accent. Thought a German accent would have been more realistic but maybe too hard to understand?

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  • Joseph
  • 2019-06-13

Russian Front

Its good to hear the other side of the story. Good narration, (few mispronounced words), but overall great story, interesting

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  • S. H. Moore
  • 2019-05-31

Simply one of the best.

Whether you are looking for a German WW2 story. WW2 in general, or just a first hand accounting of war in general, Blood Red Snow is a vivid real telling of some of the ugliest most brutal combat in modern history. Splendid telling of a terrible experience. 5 stars.

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  • Tefft Smith
  • 2019-05-29

War is hell!!

A well written, riveting account of the horrors of ground combat and the understandably dehumanizing emotions it engenders in those misfortuned to experience it. Fascinating to experience it vicariously and from a German soldier’s experience, giving me all the more gratitude that I personally was spared the misfortune. Also, it made all the more understandable how the Nazi regime manipulated so many young men and women, thrusting them into the caldron of the total terror of “kill or be killed, brutally.”

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  • Candace
  • 2019-05-15

Good

Great book, easy to lose track through all the battles. There is an attempt to make a connection with the people in the story but it is difficult due to the amount of casualities suffered, it seems as if he ceases to go into detail about his comrades later on in the story. But it is a truly somber story of survival

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  • Joe Jordan
  • 2019-05-14

Great

A different prospective on the war on the Eastern Front during WW2. showed the hardship of a soldier no matter his affiliation.

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  • Mathew
  • 2019-05-12

Humanizing the average German soldier

In today's interpretation of history Germany is a nation that must bare the guilt of some murderous mad man who assumed power through means of sedition and went on to try and take over the world. We're sort of encouraged to look at the German citizenry of the time to be in favor of genocide, and imperialism, This book puts a plethora of human faces on the people we've been told were "the bad guys". It shows they were normal people who were turned into the cudgel of the actual bad guys. The author does describe meeting people who bore our archetypal image of a German soldier who is barbarous, but he describes meeting a lot of people who were just normal people dragged into a terrible war. He wasn't in the SS so maybe that's why he wasn't engaging in barbarous acts, but I did feel compassion for the author and his comrades on the front lines.

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  • An Amazon Buyer
  • 2019-04-08

Interesting, but oddly ironic

Very interesting for it's insight into the war, especially the eastern front. But two things make it difficult. First, the author talks about the war as if they were the victims of it, rather than the aggressors. He often bemoans the war's ravages as if the Russians had wanted it and perpetrated it. Second, the reader's British accent, complete with very British expressions, make it so you have to remind yourself that it's a story by a German.

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  • jacob
  • 2019-03-22

why the British accent?

I can't wrap my mind around as to why they used a British accent... not wasn't only the accent, it was also the fact that British slang was used. the entire experience left me feeling like I was listening to a children's novel, except with bloodshed.

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  • Phil D.
  • 2019-03-21

Good listen.

A glimpse into the life of a German soldier on the eastern front. Well written.