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Rolf-Dieter Müller's 'The Unknown Eastern Front'

Postby andyhib101 on 18 Nov 2012 23:15

Can anyone recommend Rolf-Dieter Müller's English version of 'The Unknown Eastern Front'? I can't find a review other than on Amazon. Thanks.
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Re: Rolf-Dieter Müller's 'The Unknown Eastern Front'

Postby Jeff Leach on 15 Jan 2013 20:13

I didn't know much about the subject - German foreign soldiers on the Eastern Front - and found the book a useful introduction. With each nation Mr Müller tries to explains, why they fought for the Germans, how they were treated and what units (or types of units) they served in and what was their fate.

As an introduction to the subject I would recommend the book. Part III of the book - The Eastern European Nations might contain enough information to recommend the purchase to those that have familiarity of the Eastern Front. Müller makes a claim that it was the eastern volunteers that allowed the Germans to hold out as long as they did against the Russians. Now if he would only write a whole book on that subject.
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Re: Rolf-Dieter Müller's 'The Unknown Eastern Front'

Postby Michate on 16 Jan 2013 09:32

I guess it is the translation of "An der Seite der Wehrmacht".

The German book is perhaps useful as an introduction to the topic, but not if you already have at least basic knowledge about the topic of foreign soldiers in German service, or as German allies. IMHO it is a bit superficial.
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Re: Rolf-Dieter Müller's 'The Unknown Eastern Front'

Postby Richard Hargreaves on 16 Jan 2013 21:16

Michate wrote:I guess it is the translation of "An der Seite der Wehrmacht".

The German book is perhaps useful as an introduction to the topic, but not if you already have at least basic knowledge about the topic of foreign soldiers in German service, or as German allies. IMHO it is a bit superficial.


I'm very much with Michate on this one - it's good as an introduction, but quite a lot of the specific subjects are better covered in individual volumes, such as Thomas Schlemmer's excellent book on the Italians on the Ostfront: http://www.ifz-muenchen.de/band_91.html

Another overview, but only in German, is Gosztony's Hitlers Fremde Heere which you can pick up for under 5 Euros.
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