When Guy Sajer joins the infantry full of ideals in the summer of
1942, the German army is enjoying unparalleled success in Russia.
However, he quickly finds that for the foot soldier the glory of
military success hides a much harsher reality of hunger, fatigue
and constant deprivation. Posted to the crack Grosse Deutschland
division, with its sadistic instructors who shoot down those who
fail to make the grade, he enters a violent and remorseless world
where all youthful hope is gradually ground down, and all that
matters is the brute will to survive. As the biting cold of the
Russian winter sets in, and the tide begins to turn against the
Germans, life becomes an endless round of pounding artillery
attacks and vicious combat against a relentless and merciless Red
Army. A book of stunning force, this is an unforgettable reminder
of the horrors of war.