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We Will Not Go to Tuapse

From the Donets to the Oder with the Legion Wallonie and 5th SS Volunteer Assault Brigade ‘Wallonien’ 1942-45
Written by: Fernand Kaisergruber
Narrated by: Paul Woodson
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: History, Military
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Until recent years, very little was known of the tens of thousands of foreign nationals from Norway, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, France, and Spain who served voluntarily in the military formations of the German army and the German Waffen-SS. In Kaisergruber's book, the listener discovers important issues of collaboration, the apparent contributions of the volunteers to the German war effort, their varied experiences, their motives, the attitude of the German High Command and bureaucracy, and the reaction to these in the occupied countries. 

The combat experiences of the Walloons echoed those of the very best volunteer units of the Waffen-SS, although they shared equally in the collapse of the Third Reich in May 1945. Although unapologetic for his service, Kaisergruber makes no special claims for the German cause and writes not from any postwar apologia and dogma but instead from his firsthand observations as a young man experiencing war for the first time, extending far beyond what had been imaginable at the time. His observations of fellow soldiers, commanders, Russian civilians, and the battlefields prove poignant and telling.

©2016 Fernand Kaisergruber (P)2018 Tantor

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  • DAVIS J BEAM III
  • 2018-03-28

Why did it end at Cherkassy?

It was a great audiobook, but why did it end at Cherkassy? I wanted to hear the story until the end. I guess that I will have to buy the book

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  • theinglebaby23
  • 2018-10-10

Pretty good

Good story, but not a lot of specific details about combat. There’s plenty, but not told in a way that really brings it out (like some more notable memoirs do).

But definitely a good listen - you hear an honest thoughts and experiences of a non-German volunteer in the SS. Something you don’t get very often anywhere else - including the history books.

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  • 1SG Milo, US Army, (Ret.)
  • 2020-01-19

Simply a good story

This story is of Dutch men who fought for the Germans against the Soviets. They were mot Nazis but boys seeking adventure. In hindsight it all seems so foolish, yet they stuck it out. Nothing is more honorable then doing one's duty not for some ideal but for a comrade.

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  • Ben
  • 2019-09-01

very enjoyable

I really enjoyed this unique memoir written from his non German perspective.
I also enjoyed the many personal observations and descriptions.
enjoy...