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Looking for uncommon german memoirs in english

Post by book lover » 13 Nov 2005 00:13

Hi I mainly collect German memoirs. army,waffen ss ,luftwaffe and foreign volunters.The good and the bad.The ones by main stream publishers are easy to locate.The ones privately printed or printed by unknown publishers are hard to find.Here are a few examples of ones I have found in the last year.

A SEARCH INTO DESTINY by Paul John Von Ruland 1991
MY WAR DIARY by Otto Renger 1996
A MAN WORTH KNOWING by Hans-Georg Neumann 1996
SHADES OF GRAY byArthur Naujoks & Michael Eldredge 2004
THE WAY WE ACTUALLY WERE by Walter Auer 2003
OATH OF ALLEGIANCE by Robert Dietz 1992
THROUGH HELL TO LIFE by Oskar Kropf 1993
AGAINST THE ODDS by John Stieber 1995

I found these by hours of random searching on the internet using key words.Any more unusual titles out there?Please help me if you can.
I am currently reading A STRANGER TO MYSELF by Willy Peter Reese.Recomended.

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Post by jmark » 13 Nov 2005 00:58

I recently published an English translation of a rarely seen German memoir. It's called:
AN INFANTRYMAN IN STALINGRAD by Adelbert Holl

If you want to know more, check it out on my website:
http://www.leapinghorseman.com

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Jason

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Post by book lover » 13 Nov 2005 01:43

Thanks Jason,I already have it.Excellent book!Looking foward to your future publications.

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Post by Tom Houlihan » 13 Nov 2005 02:10

You might want to try http://www.aberjonapress.com

They have some, but then again, my opinion might be a shade biased...

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Post by Marc Rikmenspoel » 13 Nov 2005 18:24

Have you read Pawn of War, by Rudi Steibritz? He ended up in Australia after the war, and wrote his memoir in English for publication there. I got my copy cheap from the Aberdeen Bookstore (http://www.aberdeenbookstore.com), Tom at Aberdeen has various other obscure memoirs too, I'd check through his lists, if you haven't already.

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Post by book lover » 17 Nov 2005 18:30

Thanks Tom and Marc.I already have those titles.
I just found another one Called A BERLINERs LUCK by Fred Simon.It is about a german who moves from the USA in 1932 back to germany.He fought with th 3rd panzer division in Russia until wounded in 1942.Moves back to usa in 1952.Interesting!

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Post by Robert Westby » 18 Nov 2005 06:06

If you can find it for a reasonable price, "The Outermost Frontier" by Helmut Pabst is outstanding. He was an artilleryman and the book is basically his diary from June 22, 1941 until his death in autumn 1943. One of the best first person accounts of the Russian campaign I've ever read.

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Post by fsbof » 19 Nov 2005 08:09

"In Deadly Combat," by Gottlob Herbert Bidermann, is a well written account of his experiences on the Eastern Front from 1941 to 1945, revealing his gradual disillusionment with the war.

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Post by book lover » 29 Nov 2005 00:21

Hi,I just found another "unknown memoir".TORN BETWEEN TWO COUNTRIES by Herbert Petersen.1998
It is an autobiography of a german immigrant in the USA who went back to germany in 1939.He was drafted and spent some time on the russian front.He was transfered to the obscure freies indian(Indian Legion) Where he trained Indian pow's to fight for a free India.Interesting to say the least!.There is an execlent picture of him with the rare leaping tiger Indian arm shield.
Anymore of these unknowns out there?

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Post by book lover » 08 Dec 2005 16:50

Hi,I found another memoir on the field grau forum called HANS;FROM COLOGNE GERMANY TO VENICE FLORIDA by Herbert Schellenberger ,2001.Fought in Russia
Does anybody know where I can get a copy or does somebody have one for sale?
How can I contact the author?His phone number seems to be unlisted.Please help.Thanks.

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Post by tom_deba » 11 Dec 2005 00:13

ALfred Regeniter - memoirs of Artillery officer, title: "Knight Gunner"

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Post by Tremel » 19 Jun 2006 11:41

Hi book lover.
could you recommend any memoirs that are worth looking out for. I have the more common titles but would like to collect more. Could you also list a few more of the books which you have. It sounds as if you have a really great collection. your help would be much appreciated.

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Re: Looking for uncommon german memoirs in english

Post by Ken S. » 27 Nov 2019 17:14

How about: "Hitler's Great War" by Ernst Baur ?

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Re: Looking for uncommon german memoirs in english

Post by book lover » 15 Dec 2019 13:48

Just picked up a copy of "Hitlers Great War".Thanks for the heads up.Exactly what I am looking for.

I also picked up a copy of "Assault from within" Only 5 bucks for a first edition hard cover.

Here are some more titles I recently acquired:

"Life can be cruel" H R Furmanski. Pow in Russia

"Diary of a young lieutenant". Michelle Kaiser

"Pavel's Journey" Pavel Jelovcan

"Through the Eyes of the Enemy" Manfred Gutzke

"Driven West, Taken East: A World War II Memoir of the Eastern Front". Vilnis Bankovics

"For All It Was Worth". Bernhard R. Teicher

"The Crusade of a Walloon Volunteer". Gerry Villani

"Wiking: A Dutch SS-er on the Eastern front". Henk Kistemaker. Excellent !!

"Until the Eyes Shut: Memories of a machine gunner on the Eastern Front" Andreas Hartinger

"Son of Oldenburg". Charles P Koubik

"Memories of a Lost Generation: German War Letters". Steve Nicklas


"Mortar Gunner on the Eastern Front" Vol I and Vol II. Hans Heinz Rehfeldt

"Blood and Soil: The Memoir of A Third Reich Brandenburger" Sepp de Giampietro

Any more out there?

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Re: Looking for uncommon german memoirs in english

Post by BasedGodfrey » 24 Dec 2019 11:11

I own two memoirs which I think could be relevant to the discussion here:

Firstly, one I have not seen often online is SIEG HEIL! War Letters of Tank Gunner Karl Fuchs, 1937–1941 compiled, edited, and translated by Horst Fuchs Richardson, with historical commentary by Dennis Showalter, published by Archon Books in 1987. I am not sure if it is a first English edition, though. It’s in hardcover with an orange dust jacket. I also have no clue whether this book is well-known or not, so forgive my ineptitude.

The other memoir I own is Hitler At My Side written by Lieutenant General Hans Baur, chief pilot to Adolf Hitler, published by Eichler Publishimg Corporation in 1986. What makes my copy of these more well-known memoirs unique is that it is signed by Mr. Baur; I only realized my luck after my trip to the book store! These memoirs have been reissued as I Was Hitler’s Pilot more recently.

I hope this helps in some fashion or another.

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