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By Franz A. P. Frisch

ISBN-10: 1572491795

ISBN-13: 9781572491793

«Condemned to dwell: A Panzer Artillerymans Five-Front War», is an account by way of an Austrian draftee of his time within the German military earlier than, in the course of, and after global conflict II. The ebook used to be co-written via Franz Frisch and Wilbur Jones, Jr. because the publication was once written greater than 50 years after the shut of the warfare, it truly is even more of a memory of what it was once wish to serve within the German military instead of describing real battling and campaigning. Mr Frisch served from the start of the struggle until the top, and spent years in a PoW camp in Italy after the battle.

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I turned myself into the hospital about three weeks before Christmas, and was not alone. So many thousands of German soldiers were incapacitated by frostbite and the cold. Medical personnel did the best they could and were happy not to be on the front lines. For me, the frostbite meant I was sent home to recuperate. In time, I knew I cheated the Russian winter, but it may have saved my life. While at home recuperating, I got my first vacation to study one semester at the Technical University in Vienna.

Of course, I also fought for my country as every good soldier must, but nothing was ever more important to me than survival. I. Joe" American common soldier. For nine years, I always stayed a private. The main reason, I believed, was not my performance or my conduct, but that I had certain "political baggage" on the family side. Before army service, I was a member of the international boy scouts very much engaged with the Catholics, Fascism, and Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss. The group I was associated with had pledged allegiance to the anti-Nazi Dollfuss.

France, 1940. 8 Chapter One camp in Vladivostok, and the other was on the Italian front. So I suppose it was natural that I did my duty for my country. Compared to the way I look today, army service actually changed me physically very little. I am now 5-foot-6, about the same as in the war. I was around 160 pounds during the war, not far from my weight today, although placed differently. As a motorized soldier I always rode in a vehicle and never marched anywhere. The exceptions were in 1942 after we were withdrawn from the Russian front, when I marched during training in Czechoslovakia and in the closing weeks walking north before I was captured.

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