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Eastern Inferno (Electronic book text)
Eastern Inferno (Electronic book text): Hans Roth
Eastern Inferno (Electronic book text): Hans Roth

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Eastern Inferno (Electronic book text)

Hans Roth; Edited by Christine Alexander, Mason Kunze

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This book presents the remarkable personal journals of a German soldier who participated in Operation Barbarossa and subsequent battles on the Eastern Front, revealing the combat experience of the German-Russian War as seldom seen before.Hans Roth was a member of the anti-tank (Panzerjager) battalion, 299th Infantry Division, attached to Sixth Army, as the invasion of Russia began. Writing as events transpired, he recorded the mystery and tension as the Germans deployed on the Soviet frontier in June 1941. Then a firestorm broke loose as the Wehrmacht tore across the front, forging into the primitive vastness of the East. During the Kiev encirclement, Roth's unit was under constant attack as the Soviets desperately tried to break through the German ring. At one point, after the enemy had finally been beaten, a friend serving with the SS led him to a site where he witnessed civilians being massacred en masse (which may well have been Babi Yar). After suffering through a horrible winter against apparently endless Russian reserves, his division went on the offensive again, this time on the northern wing of Case Gelb, the German drive toward Stalingrad.In these journals, attacks and counterattacks are described in you are there detail, as Roth wrote privately, as if to keep himself sane, knowing that his honest accounts of the horrors in the East could never pass through Wehrmacht censors. When the Soviet counteroffensive of winter 1942 begins, his unit is stationed alongside the Italian 8th Army, and his observations of its collapse, as opposed to the reaction of the German troops sent to stiffen its front, are of special fascination.Roths three journals were discovered many years after his disappearance, tucked away in the home of his brother, with whom he was known to have had a deep bond. After his brothers death, his family discovered them and quickly sent them to Rosel, Roths wife. In time, Rosel handed down the journals to Erika, Roths only daughter, who had meantime immigrated to America.Hans Roth was doubtlessly working on a fourth journal before he was reported missing in action in July 1944 during the battle known as the Destruction of Army Group Center. Although Roths ultimate fate remains unknown, what he did leave behind, now finally revealed, is an incredible firsthand account of the horrific war the Germans waged in Russia.

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Imprint: Case-Mate
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 2010
Authors: Hans Roth
Editors: Christine Alexander • Mason Kunze
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 240
ISBN-13: 978-1-283-25914-9
Barcode: 9781283259149
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Books > Social sciences > Warfare & defence > War & defence operations > Battles & campaigns
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects > Military history
Books > History > History of specific subjects > Military history
Books > Humanities > History > World history > From 1900 > Second World War
Books > History > World history > From 1900 > Second World War
LSN: 1-283-25914-1

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