By Erhard Steiniger
It is not often we see WWII from the German perspective but this hardback book Radio Operator on the Eastern Front is the true and dramatic testimony of a German grenadier during World War II. It follows his story from conscription in 1940 through Russian captivity to his return home in 1949.
Erhard Steiniger joined his Wehrmacht unit in October 1940 as a radio operator, a role which required his constant presence with troops at the Front, right in the midst of combat. This was not a role far from the front that carried little danger but rather one where he was rarely far from the front until 1945. He accompanied his division to Lithuania and Estonia and experienced the advances of Operation Barbarossa. He later witnessed intense clashes during the conquest of the Baltic islands and the battles leading up to Leningrad on the Volkhov and Lake Ladoga. He describes the retreat from battles in Estonia, Kurland and East Prussia and his eventual surrender to the Russians. There is an account captivity in Siberia and his eventual return to the arms of fiancée October 1949 as a broken man.
From the first page to the last, this is a lavishly illustrated and captivating eyewitness account of a radio operator experiencing the horrors of WWII first hand.
Size 195x238mm, 320 pages.