By Willy Peter Reese
A Stranger to Myself: The Inhumanity of conflict, Russia 1941-44 is the haunting memoir of a tender German soldier at the Russian entrance in the course of international conflict II. Willy Peter Reese was once purely two decades previous whilst he came across himself marching via Russia with orders to take no prisoners.
Three years later he was once lifeless. Bearing witness to--and engaging in--the atrocities of battle, Reese recorded his reflections in his diary, abandoning an clever, touching, and illuminating point of view on lifestyles at the jap entrance. He documented the carnage perpetrated by means of either side, the destruction which was once exacerbated via the younger soldiers' starvation, frostbite, exhaustion, and their day-by-day fight to outlive. And he wrestled along with his personal sins, with the conclusion that what he and his fellow squaddies had performed to civilians and enemies alike was once unforgivable, together with his transforming into wisdom of the Nazi rules towards Jews, and along with his deep disillusionment with himself and his fellow men.
An foreign sensation, A Stranger to Myself is an unforgettable account of guys at warfare.
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Courtesy Akira Takizawa 'Taki') had three platoons each armed with three LMGs and two Scm grenadedischargers ('knee mortars'), plus a two-gun HMG platoon. 7cm AT guns, and an ammunition platoon. The regiment had some 1,100 horses - which served well in China, but were withdrawn for deployments in South-East Asia and the Pacific islands; there these units operated on foot. Some units in SE Asia at least partly equipped rifle/sabre companies with bicycles. Most infantry divisions were assigned a 730-man reconnaissance regiment (sobaku rentai) , also a cavalry branch unit; these gradually replaced the cavalry regiments.
The Waffen-SS basically paralleled the Army organizations, and used Army tactical manuals. Senior SS divisions possessed an SS-Aufklarungs Abteilung, although many of the later, lower-grade divisions had an SS-Fusilier Bataillon instead. *** During the Russian winter snowshoes were provided to bicycle and mounted squadrons, and regimental mounted platoons might use them too. Some of these units, especially bicyclists, were also ski-trained. In North Mrica motorcycles and Kubelwagen cars replaced horses and bicycles.
If the leaders are not satisfied at the end of the day, they will postpone sending out the patrol, and will devote another day to the preliminaries. Some of our men are a little too inclined to think of a patrol at four or five [o'clock] in the afternoon, and send it out that same night. To be worth a damn, a fighting patrol must start off with an odds-on chance... not six-to-four or even money, but a good two-to-one bet. To make this possible, your information has got to be really good and up to date.
A Stranger to Myself: The Inhumanity of War: Russia, 1941-1944 by Willy Peter Reese