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The author could be described as a veteran in every sense of the word, even though he was only age 21 when the war ended. Armin Scheiderbauer served as an infantry officer with the 252nd Infantry Division, German army, and saw four years of bitter combat on the Eastern Front, being wounded six times.
This is an outstanding personal memoir, written with great thoughtfulness and honesty. Scheiderbauer joined his unit during the winter of 1941-42 and, during the following years, saw fierce combat in many of the largest battles on the Eastern Front. His experiences of the 1943-45 period are particularly noteworthy, including his recollections of the massive Soviet offensives of summer 1944 and January 1945. Participating in the bitter battles in East Prussia, he was captured by the Soviets and not released until 1947.
Adventures in My Youth is a unique memoir - the author originally wrote it only for his daughter. It has never been published in any language until now.
©2003 Helion and Company (P)2017 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By Alek on 01-07-18

Heartfelt, vivid and sober story

An absolute pleasure, quite eloquently written and performed. Other biographies can learn much from this one.

Compelling story of a pious youth brought up by war. Starkly vivid view of the life in and around the frontline, from the perspective of a junior infantry officer. Subject of crimes was directly dwelled upon at great length, perhaps by the nature of very active frontline career. My impression is that the author was honest throughout, especially considering the fact that this manuscript was not intended to be published.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Philip B. Mcmahon on 11-26-17


Best ww2 autobiography I’ve listened to. And I’ve read/listened to a lot! Very recommended.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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2 out of 5 stars
By phphoto on 12-09-17

A disjointed story.

It was a bit of a struggle to finish it as the storyline felt somewhat disjointed. There seemed to be a lot of editing going on here from the author. It did not feel like a warts and all revelation of the life of a soldier on the Eastern front. Rather it seemed like a very self censored and selectively sanitised recollection.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 03-16-18

very interesting listen but quite dry. <br /><br /><br />

interesting listen but it was very much facts and events based. Not much about how he felt about the war.

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