Friday, 15 March 2013

The Forgotten Soldier - Guy Sager

“The Nation that will insist upon drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to find its fighting done by fools and its thinking done by cowards”

Sir William Francis Butler

Title: The Forgotten Soldier
Author: Guy Sajer
Publisher: Brassey’s
Pages: 465

Content: This book is an autobiography of a young Frenchman of mixed nationality (German father/French mother) from the region of Alsace who joins the German Army in 1942. It is a rendition of war on the Eastern Front as seen through the eyes of a junior soldier. Soldat Sajer was engaged in operations full time from July 1942, when he joined the infantry, to his ultimate surrender in May 1945. All of his fighting was done on the Eastern Front. Few memoirs can compare with this work in range of feeling, depths of self-analysis, or vivid recounting of combat. His work serves as a testament to the universal motivations of the soldier: comradeship, endurance, self-sacrifice and fear. Selected by both the Association of the US Army and the Air Force Association for their distinguished book series, this work transcends language and nationality to address the human race.

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