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This book is outstanding on two levels. Albrecht Wacker has done a real service in recording Mr. Allerberger's experiences.

This book is outstanding on two levels. First, as a biographical memoir of the Eastern Front during WWII, it's a brutally honest portrayal of a 19 year old soldier's loss of innocence and youth as an infantryman in a doomed army. This book is highly recommended for students of war, sniper operations, WWII history and for those who just love a good, historical war story.

Josef "Sepp" Allerberger was the second most successful sniper of the German Wehrmacht and one of the few private soldiers to be honoured with the award of the Knight's Cross

Josef "Sepp" Allerberger was the second most successful sniper of the German Wehrmacht and one of the few private soldiers to be honoured with the award of the Knight's Cross. An Austrian conscript, after qualifying as a machine gunner he was drafted to the southern sector of the Russian Front in July 1942. Wounded at Voroshilovsk, he experimented with a Russian Josef "Sepp" Allerberger was the second most successful sniper of the German Wehrmacht and one of the few private soldiers to be honoured with the award of the Knight's Cross. Wounded at Voroshilovsk, he experimented with a Russian sniper-rifle while convalescing and so impressed his superiors with his proficiency that he was returned to the front on his regiment's only sniper specialist.

Josef Sepp Allerberger was the second most successful sniper of the . There was no place for chivalry on the Russian Front.

Josef Sepp Allerberger was the second most successful sniper of the German Wehrmacht and one of the few private soldiers to be honoured with the award of the Knight’s Cross. In this sometimes harrowing memoir, Allerberger provides an excellent introduction to the commitment in fieldcraft, discipline and routine required of the sniper, a man apart. Away from the film cameras, no prisoner survived long after surrendering.

Josef Sepp Allerberger was the second most successful sniper of the German Wehrmacht and one of the few private soldiers . com User, February 1, 2006

Josef Sepp Allerberger was the second most successful sniper of the German Wehrmacht and one of the few private soldiers to be honored with the award of th. .com User, February 1, 2006. I started reading this book one morning and devoured it by the time I went to bed - I could not put it down. I found the book to be well written, fast paced, and gruesome. The author uses an easy writing style that draws you into Sepp's (the German sniper the book is about) horrible world of high intensity warfare in the meatgrinder of the Eastern Front. Away from the film cameras, no prisoner survived long after surrendering

Josef Sepp Allerberger was the second most successful sniper of the German Wehrmacht and one of the few private soldiers to be honored with the award of the Knight’s Cross (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). Russian snipers had used the illegal explosive bullet since 1941, and Hitler eventually authorized its issue in 1944. The result was a battlefield of horror.

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Josef Sepp Allerberger was the second most successful sniper of the German Wehrmacht and one of the few private soldiers to be honoured with the award of the Knight's Cross. In this memoir, Allerberger provides an introduction to the commitment in fieldcraft, discipline and routine required of the sniper.

In 2005, a book titled Sniper on the Eastern Front: The Memoirs of Sepp Allerberger, Knight's Cross ISBN 1-84415-317-7 was published, written by Albrecht . Wacker, Albrecht (2005,2006), Sniper on the Eastern Front: The Memoirs of Sepp Allerberger, Knight's Cross.

In 2005, a book titled Sniper on the Eastern Front: The Memoirs of Sepp Allerberger, Knight's Cross ISBN 1-84415-317-7 was published, written by Albrecht Wacker based on interviews with Allerberger. This translation into English is an abridged version of the book Im Auge des Jägers. ISBN 1-84415-317-7 Pen & Sword Military. Wacker, Albrecht (2000), Im Auge des Jägers, ISBN 978-3-932077-27-2.

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Josef “Sepp” Allerberger was the second most successful sniper of the German Wehrmacht and one of the few private soldiers to be honoured with the award of the Knight’s Cross. An Austrian conscript, after qualifying as a machine gunner he was drafted to the southern sector of the Russian Front in July 1942. Wounded at Voroshilovsk, he experimented with a Russian sniper-rifle while convalescing and so impressed his superiors with his proficiency that he was returned to the front on his regiment’s only sniper specialist. In this sometimes harrowing memoir, Allerberger provides an excellent introduction to the commitment in fieldcraft, discipline and routine required of the sniper, a man apart. There was no place for chivalry on the Russian Front. Away from the film cameras, no prisoner survived long after surrendering. Russian snipers had used the illegal explosive bullet since 1941, and Hitler eventually authorised its issue in 1944. The result was a battlefield of horror. Allerberger was a cold-blooded killer, but few will find a place in their hearts for the soldiers of the Red Army against whom he fought.

Comments: (7)

Gajurus
As an avid WWII reader, I’m always looking for the next good book I can sink my brain-teeth into. For the past little while I’ve been “catching up” on accounts of the Eastern Front (I use to read only Western/Southern Europe accounts) and then almost exclusively from the Landsers point of view. Some of the best first person perspective reads I have experienced are Guy Sajers’ “Forgotten Soldier” and several of the Stackpole publishers books such as “Tigers in the Mud” and the Panzer Aces series… basically as of late I like a clean read of what-was-happening in the field as opposed to statistics of “how many” and precise dates (I’m pretty sure I’ve covered those statistical books a few hundred times already).

So on the list of good reads, I put this one at 4.5 stars. The reason not 5 was that it is a thin book, so it reads pretty quickly, and I believe Sepp didn’t write it himself, instead he was interviewed for his story and someone else wrote it up for him so some interpretation comes through. Still, this was the first book I have read about any Sniper/Marksman activity during WWII and I found the perspective refreshing, even if the subject matter is rather intense. To that point, the descriptions of atrocities that Sepp observed are some of the more disturbing that I have read in many books, and I understand that they were uniquely so in that in my excitement to share what I was reading with a friend I found that I would fall way short when trying to describe them and must have appeared a bit kookie in finding any joy from such abominable subject matter. So with a fair warning for not reading this on a full stomach I give this a two “thumbs up”!
Jusari
"Sniper on the Eastern Front" confirms all the horror stories that one has read and heard about the war on the Russian Front in World War II. It's an enlightening memoir and chronicle of how a young German soldier became a one of the most highly decorated Wehrmacht snipers fighting the Russians and all the ordeals he and his comrades went through. It provides insights on tactics and skills developed by both sides in the fighting as well as the terrible ordeals German soldiers went through. It does provide convincing anecdotes on how barbaric the Soviet soldiers were toward their enemies, civilian and military, On the other hand it could be pointed that The main criticism is that the book is a little light on the ordeals that the German army put the Russians through in the course of invading the Motherland. It provides a weak justification for a "preemptive" war against a Communist dictatorship, although Stalin would have certainly liked to take out Nazi Germany and the West as a whole at some point--although it is highly improbably that it was planned for later in 1941 as the book asserts. Another revelation provided by the veteran sniper is the extent to which German troops on the Eastern Front used and appeared dependent on an early methamphetamine drug developed by Nazi scientists to keep their armies going and alert in face of the exhaustion and continued stress of battling the dogged Russian army.
LONUDOG
This well-written book presents the most horrific depiction of combat, wounds, death, mutilation and appalling atrocities I have ever encountered in print, and I have read many accounts of warfare. However, most of the other books, letters, reminiscences and the like only mention the dreadful acts whereas Mr. Wacker describes the violence and its effects on the mind and body vividly. Given the intricate detail recalled and the years which have passed since their occurrence, one might question Mr. Allerberger's memory and Mr. Wacker's literary license. Nevertheless, the 178-page book read like a 500-page one. After two or three pages of unremitting gore and violence, I found myself having to put the book down and clear my head.
Ultimately, I question how anyone exposed to such horrors can ever reintegrate successfully into society, or even maintain a tenuous grasp on sanity. If you have the stomach, it makes for morbidly fascinating reading.
Thetalas
Sniper on the Eastern Front is the heartrending biographical memoir of Josef “Sepp” Allerberger, an Austrian farmboy who served as a marksman (a word preferred over "sniper" by Wermacht soldiers) in the German Wermacht Alpine Division on the Eastern Front. This book is outstanding on two levels. First, as a biographical memoir of the Eastern Front during WWII, it's a brutally honest portrayal of a 19 year old soldier's loss of innocence and youth as an infantryman in a doomed army. As such, the ugliness of war and the graphic twin evils of Fascist Germany and Soviet Russia at each other's throats are plainly described using the unique vehicle of viewing life through the telescopic perspective of a German sniper. And secondly, this book is a genuine historical relic of sniper development, capabilities and techniques in the German Army circa WWII. For these two reasons I can happily award this book by German historian and arms expert, Albrecht Wacker, five stars. The book does have a few shortcomings. There are a few cases where incorrect English military words are used. The German Army disliked the term "sniper" and used the German word for "marksman" in its place. American military veterans, for whom the word "marksman" merely denotes basic competency with a rifle, will take a while to get used to this substitution. And there is one glaring moment when the POV shifts unexpectedly from a third person historical narrative to a first person personal narrative. Both of these issues may be the result of difficult translation work from the German to the English language. Also, this is a "warts-and-all" view of life as a soldier. No veteran would be shocked by the way soldiers discuss issues like defecation, sex and killing. But some people won't get it and may find the descriptions to be too over the top for their sensitivities. Albrecht Wacker has done a real service in recording Mr. Allerberger's experiences. This book is highly recommended for students of war, sniper operations, WWII history and for those who just love a good, historical war story. Highly recommended.
Sniper on the Eastern Front: The Memoirs of Sepp Allerberger, Knight's Cross download epub
Historical
Author: Albrecht Wacker
ISBN: 1844153177
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: Historical
Language: English
Publisher: Pen and Sword; First Edition edition (June 15, 2008)
Pages: 196 pages