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Book Review: Condemned to Live
Old 01-24-2005, 09:43 PM   #1
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Default Book Review: Condemned to Live

Condemned to Live: A Panzer Artilleryman's Five-Front War
by Franz Frisch and Wilbur Jones
156 pages, 140 pictures, plus maps

Follows the military career of Franz Fritz, a private in the German Artillery Corp. The book is titled a five front war but they count Sicily and Italy as two fronts. The book was written within the last 10 years so the author has had time to reflect on the war. As the author was an artillery man, he saw little direct front line combat. Much of his story contains details of everyday soldier life and their views of the officers. Lots of commentary on interaction with civilians.

Six main chapters covering:
-Training and intro to army
-Poland and France Campaigns
-Soviet Campaign
-Sicily and Italy, as well as life as a POW
-Reflection on Waging War
-Post-War summary of the author

The best parts of the book are the great personal pictures the author took of the many places he was stationed. The book shows a price of $24.95 on the cover. I would wait to get this one used at under $10. Not a bad book, but not on the level of some of the other German memoirs. If you are looking for more details of battles fought try another memoir. If you are looking for a private's view of the German army, check it out.

Jack T

Anybody else read this book? If so post your opinions.
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