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The Washington Post calls Sven Hassel a brilliant storyteller,â and his series of novels about life in Hitlerâ s army have sold in the millions. In this wartime adventure, his cast of characters is caught up with the Disciplinary Regiment,â a tank regiment that doesnâ t actually have a tank to its name. Consisting of a bunch of hardened killers dressed in filthy rags and stinking to high heaven, theyâ re engaged in fighting a brutal battle against the Russians. Then suddenly the orders change: theyâ re sent to Hamburg, where their next assignment will be guard duty for the bestial Gestapo.
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Born in 1917 in Fredensborg, Denmark, Sven Hassel joined the merchant navy at the age of 14. He did his compulsory year's military service in the Danish forces in 1936 and then, facing unemployment, joined the German army. He served throughout the Second World War on all fronts except North Africa. When the war ended in 1945 he was transferred between Russian, American and French prison camps, and upon returning to Denmark, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for treason. He began writing LEGION OF THE DAMNED during his time as a prisoner of war. His 14 Second World War books, which draw on his own encounters and experiences as a soldier, have sold over 53 million copies worldwide and have been published in more than 50 countries. He peacefully passed away in Barcelona in 2012, where he had resided since 1964.Review:
Hassel's books of war are the most powerful I have ever read
In essence this is an expose of the absurdity of war, and a moving plea for peace. As such, it takes its rank with far milder books, such as ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT―NEWSDAY
He is graphic, at times brilliantly so, but never brutal or bitter. He is, too, a first-rate storyteller―WASHINGTON POST
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Book Description Corgi, 1971. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110552087793
Book Description Transworld Publishers Ltd, 1971. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0552087793