At Leningrad's Gates The Combat Memoirs of a Soldier with

  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • At Leningrad's Gates The Combat Memoirs of a Soldier with Army Group North
  • William Lubbeck
  • English
  • 22 July 2015
  • 9781932033557

10 thoughts on “At Leningrad's Gates The Combat Memoirs of a Soldier with Army Group North

  1. Bogdan Bogdan says:

    Like other have observed before me this book wasn`t very detailed about the actual war or the Leningrad offensive but pluses on the personal side of living the eventsAnd that`s not at all so bad as it soundsAnd another thing that worth to be mention is that this book was written at the end of his life not after the war so I uite understand that the author hasn`t the vivid pictures in his head like it was at the time of the fightingLike I said there are a lot of small things from the daily life in the period of the war and after it that I was curious about and Lubbeck explains them in accurate detail Also his life it`s an interesting story on it`s whole so I felt that it wasn`t a lost time like other readers have perceived it to bePs I was just thinking about this book and I remember that the Wehrmacht when on the eastern front had organized a lot of shows with music dancing and singing for the soldiers aspect that it has a centered role in the second Ash fiction book that I`ve also read recentlyAnd another thing that I remember and I found it very peculiar was that the soldiers had the right to go home at least on one or two weeks in half I year when it could be the case

  2. Leftbanker Leftbanker says:

    Did Not Finish I got tired of the character saying how he wasn't a Nazi how he thought Hitler was a big stinker Of course that's what he's going to say when writing for an American audience What do you expect him to say? Hitler made a lot of sense to me back then While I enjoyed the perspective of his point of view I couldn't take his careful rewriting of history

  3. Jonathan Jonathan says:

    An ok memoir not so much down in the nitty gritty of combat as most memoirs but written as a general overview of his childhood combat experiences and post war life Written honestly it feels would be rated much higher if he had taken the time to give personal details Over all not a bad book though

  4. Jill Kent Jill Kent says:

    Good memoirThis book is of a general memoir It is not real in depth or gritty combat wise it is like a personal story telling of the 58th division If you are looking for detailed descriptions of combat on the Eastern Front this book is not for you the overall story is a good read and an excellent overview of life before during and after the war

  5. Rockossack Rockossack says:

    Guess this will teach me to better read reviews in the future as there was plenty of comments warning about the depth of the bookI am not saying that this was a bad account I just think that it was too shallow for a war memoir especially when you compare it to some of the other memoirs available I think it is also evident that the book was geared mainly towards American readers and felt that it was an instrument for fulfilling Lubbeck's desire to become American himself While the book offers insights into Lubbeck's life as a soldier it does not go into deeper details of his combat nor his rear guard experience save for a few selected stories This might be because the book was written decades after the war itself but I still feel like that this could have been fleshed out had there been any intention for detailsFinally even though I am not challenging the Lubbeck family's attitude towards the nazi regime of the time I am still wondering about the necessity of having to emphasise it so often that the family was really against them It borderline feels apologetic to me for being German or for being German who had lived the better part of his life in the United StatesI would say that the book is worth a reading despite it not being what I was looking for

  6. Themistocles Themistocles says:

    Oh boy this must be the blandest most indifferent personal war memoir I've ever readGranted it was written decades after the facts but still if you go by it the war was something along the lines of must get Anneliese backunit moved a bitI must be the best in all I dophew that was close You would think there were barely any dead on the Eastern frontWhat also really got on my nerves was the writer's self serving de nazification The book is apolitical to an extreme degree save a few comments of the my family never liked Hitler sort However when you're dealing with nazism being apolitical and pretending to be against Hitler while doing your best to satisfy his goals well just ain't gonna cut it My family dealt with a PoW slaves in a nice way and even let them have dinner at the same table occasionally? Seriously? What a loadThere are a few interesting parts where you get to learn some of the details of everyday soldiering at the front but not too many Apart from that at some point it felt so boring I just abandoned the book two thirds into itDon't waste your time there are lots of much much better memoirs out there

  7. Steve Adair Steve Adair says:

    Great First Hand View of The German Army at the Russian FrontThis a great first hand view of the German army at the Russian front The descriptions of being in a foxhole with Russian aircraft bombing and strafing artillery and mortar rounds exploding all around and killing comrads and friends made me almost feel like I was in the foxhole He offers a chilling description of the initial shock of see friends and comrades being killed and wounded

  8. Steven R. Felstein Steven R. Felstein says:

    A very good bookA uniue look at the war from a German soldier point of view I enjoyed it very much I enjoyed reading the Ted Roosevelt uote on immigrants from other countries who assimilate I wish people would think this way today getting rid of hyphen between their home country and their new adopted country

  9. Brian Totten Brian Totten says:

    Pleased to read another memoir of my ancestor's trialsA wonderful story worthy of our times even now Powerful yet down to earth an historian's treat Absolutley worth your time

  10. Mark W Mark W says:

    Good personal account of the life of a German Soldier with coverage before during and after the war

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At Leningrad's Gates The Combat Memoirs of a Soldier with Army Group North[PDF / Epub] ☉ At Leningrad's Gates The Combat Memoirs of a Soldier with Army Group North By William Lubbeck – This is the remarkable story of a German soldier who fought throughout World War II rising from conscript private to captain of a heavy weapons company on the Eastern FrontWilliam Lubbeck age 19 was d Gates The PDF Ê This is the remarkable story of a German soldier who fought throughout World War II rising from At Leningrad's MOBI :↠ conscript private to captain of a heavy weapons company on the Eastern FrontWilliam Lubbeck age was drafted Leningrad's Gates The PDF ↠ into the Wehrmacht in August Leningrad's Gates The Combat Memoirs eBook Î As a member of the th Infantry Division he received his baptism Leningrad's Gates The Combat Memoirs eBook Î of fire during the invasion of France The following spring his division served on the left flank of Army Group North in Operation Barbarossa After grueling marches admidst countless Russian bodies burnt out vehicles and a great number of cheering Baltic civilians Lubbeck's unit entered the outskirts of Leningrad making the deepest penetration of any German formationThe Germans suffered brutal hardships the following winter as they fought both Russian counterattacks and the brutal cold The th Division was thrown back and forth across the front of Army Group North from Novgorod to Demyansk at one point fighting back Russian attacks on the ice of Lake Ilmen Returning to the outskirts of Leningrad the th was placed in support of the Spanish Blue Division Relations between the allied formations soured at one point when the Spaniards used a Russian bath house for target practice not realizing that Germans were relaxing insideA soldier who preferred to be close to the action Lubbeck served as forward observer for his company dueling with Russian snipers partisans and full scale assaults alike His worries were not confined to his own safety however as news arrived of disasters in Germany including the destruction of Hamburg where his girlfriend served as an Army nurseIn September Lubbeck earned the Iron Cross First Class and was assigned to officers' training school in Dresden By the time he returned to Russia Army Group North was in full scale retreat Now commanding his former heavy weapons company Lubbeck alternated sharp counterattacks with inexorable withdrawal from Riga to Memel on the Baltic In April Lubbeck's company became stalled in a traffic jam and was nearly obliterated by a Russian barrage followed by air attacksIn the last chaotic scramble from East Prussia Lubbeck was able to evacuate on a newly minted German destroyer He recounts how the ship arrived in the British zone off Denmark with all guns blazing against pursuing Russians The following morning May he learned that the war was overAfter his release from British captivity Lubbeck married his sweetheart Anneliese and in immigrated to the United States where he raised a successful family With the assistance of David B Hurt he has drawn on his wartime notes and letters Soldatbuch regimental history and personal memories to recount his four years of frontline experience Containing rare firsthand accounts of both triumph and disaster At Leningrad's Gates provides a fascinating glimpse into the reality of combat on the Eastern Front.