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9781781590041

Sniper on the Eastern Front

by Wacker, Albrecht Code: 47043 Format: Paperback / 192 pages Publication date: 17/05/2012 Availability: Available. Usually dispatched same business day from Sydney, Australia Price: AU $29.99

 This book is a rare first-hand account by a ruthlessly efficient German sniper of life and death during the bitter conflict that followed the Nazi invasion of Russia. Josef Sepp Allerberger was an Austrian conscript who qualified as a Wehrmacht machine-gunner and was drafted to the Southern sector of the Front in July 1942.After being wounded at Voroshilovsk, he experimented successfully with a captured Russian sniper-rifle whileconvalescing and returned to his unit as his regiments only sniper specialist. In the gruelling months that followed, as the German Army was forced to withdraw under almost constant pressure from the Russians, Allerberger became the second most successful German sniper and one of the very few private soldiers to be awarded the coveted Knights Cross.This harrowing and graphic memoir provides a vivid insight to the atrocious conditions and brutal cruelty of this campaign. There was, we learn, no place for chivalry and few prisoners survived long after capture. Allerberger relates the cunning, discipline and fieldcraft that not only saw him survive during the near constant action but made him such a relentless assassin.

Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
Availability: Available. Usually dispatched same business day from Sydney, Australia
Publisher: PEN & SWORD BOOKS LTD
Publication date: 17/05/2012
Country of publication: UNITED KINGDOM
Weight: 332 g
Dimensions: 234mm X 156mm
Code: 47043