George Forty - WWII German Infantryman at War 1939-1945
Ian Allan Ltd | 2002 | ISBN: 0711029296 | 128 pages | PDF | 56 MB
This book looks at the lot of the average Landser, the German "Grunt", who fought through Blitzkrieg, in the Western Desert, and in the horrific frozen wastes of Russia against the most implacable of foes.
Most of the photographs in this book come from private collections and have not been published before, many from Feldwebel Gerhard Sandmann who joined the German Army at Northeim in September 1939 and fought from May 9, 1940, through Belgium, Holland, and France. He was then involved in the capture of the Channel Islands, saw service on the Eastern Front, was wounded, and convalesced in Berlin before seeing service in the Occupation Army in Holland. He was captured by the U.S. Army in Belgium in 1944.
WWII German Infantryman at War uses experiences such as these to evoke what World War II was like at the sharp end by way of the soldiers' own stories and images.