The Forgotten Soldier: Fiction or Fact? Edwin L. Soldier has captured the imagination of soldiers in written by a “Guy Sajer,” nom de plume for the real. Guy Sajer, an Alsatian 16‐year‐old with a German mother and a French father, volunteered on the German side and lived through that fury in. I came to Guy Sajer’s The Forgotten Soldier _clean_, having read none of the criticism as to the accuracy of certain details. I leave this to others.

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He even at one point has a good thing to say about Adolf Hitler. Sajed Books See all Books. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. They fear the Russians. Thanks for telling us about the problem. His vivid descriptions of the Russian landscape, combat against the Bolsheviks, the bombings of cities in Germany and their aftermath, are amazing.

The desperation and constant battering of missions that never end is relatable in a lesser scale of coursewhile trying to sustain anything close to an individual personality in land of pure horrid.

Gug account compels close, deep interest. At the end of woldier day most soldiers are more or less the same. So I have stayed as I am, without regret, separated from the normal human condition.

The Forgotten Soldier

After working as a journalist and writing historical novels, he taught classics in Athens untilwhen he became Professor of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin. He doesn’t ever seem to accept that Germany had invaded the continent, and that people without an army fighting for them, had the right to fight back – by whichever means available.

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He offers insights into the human condition which, unfortunately, may not have surfaced outside of wartime circumstances. What bliss to see a man survive the depths of hell on earth! The three books were sensationally published even while the war raged about him, and make a fascinating prelude to the post-war The Cruel Sea. Sep 06, Ben rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sajer tells me how they died.

With all that in mind this is still a read about a brutal time for a young man. The battle scenes do go on a little long, though, and it’s the kind of book that requires significant mental breathers. We’re thrown in with Sajer and his companions when they first arrive on the Eastern front, and there isn’t really a chance to get to know the characters befor things start to happen to them–I suspect this is why it took me a while to get emotionally involved but when I did One does not want to forget the horrors of the Nazis, but in recognizing the horror of the experience for men caught up in it, there is a hope for forgiveness and reconciliation.

The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer. Popski’s Private Army Details. He fought back and forth across the Eastern Front for the last several years and was by the end of the way a veteran of more fighting than most people see in a 30 year career though he was not yet 19 years old.


It is buy, at its best in describing battlefield horrors instead of the mundane. And what did he see? He went to Berlin but found life there little different from the war zone in the Ukraine: Paths of Glory Details. This helps in understanding a crucial fact of war that After research i will say there is just so much evidence pointing to Sajer being authentic and so little evidence pointing to him being a fraud that I will conclude that 10 STARS!

The Forgotten Soldier, by Guy Sajer.

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This is a very fine book for those, who want to saje about the agonies and pain of German soldiers. The Road To Stalingrad Details. As that Spec Ops guy notes: Both men became millionaires. The Forgotten Soldier Details.

Very moving, thoughtful and intellegent, and very very sad. A Storm in Flanders Details. All too soon he is witness to the horrors of the fighting that follows the fallout from the Wehrmacht’s defeat at Stalingrad and the first retreat from the Don.

And not even a German, but a French man. Through the eyes of Guy Sajer, I have rediscovered the putrid horror of war and the interminable depth of the human soul.

In the epilogue, because the author’s Father was French, he was released immediately, on condition that he enlist in the French Army.