Wartime memoir of a professional German soldier who rose from sergeant to major during WWII, commanding infantry units from platoon to regiment. Includes unusually candid recollections of not only combat, but of professional and personal relations with superiors, peers, and subordinates alike during combat duty on four fronts across Europe. 26 original photos, 27 original maps, appendices, notes, index.
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The son of East Prussian farmers, Georg Grossjohann enlisted in the Reichswehr, the Army of the pre-Nazi Weimar Republic in 1928, at age 17. A senior sergeant in the invasion of Poland in 1939, he was commissioned in 1940 and served in an escalating variety of combat infantry leadership positions during the invasion of France in 1940, the campaigns in the USSR in 1941 - 44, and the Rhône Valley and Vosges Mountains in 1944-45. Awarded the Knight's Cross for valor, he was captured by the US Army when the war ended. Unable to return to his Soviet-occupied home, he built a privately-owned tailoring and fashion business in the German Federal Republic, and declined a commission in the Bundeswehr in the 1950s.Review:
"Best German Military Memoir of 2000." -- Military Heritage magazine, February 2001
"Grossjohann "Undeniably tells it like it was." -- Military Heritage magazine, June 2000
"Not...All Quiet on the Western Front or another The Forgotten Soldier. In my opinion, it is a better book." -- The Journal of Military History, June 2000
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