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Panzer Gunner

From My Native Canada to the German Ostfront and Back. In Action with 25th Panzer Regiment, 7th Panzer Division 1944-45
Written by: Bruno Friesen
Narrated by: David de Vries
Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
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Panzer Gunner is a unique memoir of a Canadian serving in a German armored division. Bruno Friesen explains what it was like to fight in a tank on the Eastern Front and provides details on the battlefield performance of the Panzer IV tank. Six months before World War II erupted in 1939, Bruno Friesen was sent to Germany by his father in hopes of a better life. Friesen was drafted into the Wehrmacht three years later and ended up in the 7th Panzer Division. Serving as a gunner in a Panzer IV tank and then a Jagdpanzer IV tank destroyer, Friesen experienced intense combat against the Soviets in Romania, Lithuania, and West Prussia.

©2007 Bruno Friesen (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Ryan
  • 2018-05-03

Turning a war novel into an English Lit Project

Two and half hours in and the most existing thing to happen is a whorehouse recap. Too much about how someone else might tell the story. Not like "their version" but comparing literary styles.

Yep... returning this one.

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  • jacob
  • 2018-05-10

strangest WW2 book you will ever read.

the only WW2 book that talks about farts. the author does not alude to any suffering, fear, or trauma. if one didn't know better , you would think he was playing a game and not fighting on the Eastern front. a strange book.

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  • Jeremy J
  • 2019-07-31

Disappointed

When I got this audio book, I was expecting a memoir from a German-Canadian that had served as a gunner in a Panzer and talk about hit combat and his memories of it. What I got seemed more like historical research about German tanks than anything else.

I disliked when it went "In this chapter..." or talked about statics or using other books as references to talk about the Panzer IV or Jadpanzer. There seemed to very little information about his service and almost no talk about his fellow comrades that he must have been close to especially in a 5 man crew.

The narrator at times sounds like he inhales before talking which can get take you away and he seems to be talking a mile a minute which made it hard to comprehend or recall anything about this book.

I tried to listen through the entire thing twice but I could not find myself able to finish it.

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  • David Yarbrough
  • 2019-10-01

Panzer Gunner

Good read but a little too technical and not enough personal stories for me. Great research book for students of the Panzer IV.

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  • Jesse W.A.
  • 2018-12-20

Not something you hear everyday!

This book gives the listener amazing insight into what an allied born individual has to go through while fighting for the enemy side and coming back to “face the music”. Really amazing to listen to someone who had this unique experience.

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  • Steven Z.
  • 2019-07-31

Great reading. Inside story of Panzer Gunner.

I loved it! Not often do you get the inside look at a Panzer Mk IV as well as a Jagpanzer V.