At Leningrad's Gates The Combat Memoirs of a Soldier with
- 256 pages
- At Leningrad's Gates The Combat Memoirs of a Soldier with Army Group North
- William Lubbeck
- 22 July 2015 William Lubbeck
[PDF / Epub] ☉ At Leningrad's Gates The Combat Memoirs of a Soldier with Army Group North By William Lubbeck – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 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.