The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer
If there is one book that you have to read this year, it is this one.
I don’t really know how to begin to describe it and to tell all of the thoughts, questions, and emotions it provoked. It is hands down one of the best books that I have ever read. It is one that will stick with me for a very long time.
Sajer isn’t a historian, but his account as a soldier of the Wehrmacht, Großdeutschland Division to be exact, fighting on the Eastern Front depicts the war in a way that you won’t find in text books or in a lecture. His writing enables the reader to take a peek at what he experienced, which ends up creating some very powerful images that stick in your mind.
This book….just wow. Go read it, enjoy it, soak it up. It’s an absolutely extraordinary memoir.