read online Textbooks Panzers on the Vistula: Retreat and Rout in East Prussia 1945Author Hans Schufler –

This WWII memoir of a Nazi officer is one of the most revealing firsthand accounts of the German retreat on the Eastern Front A second lieutenant of the th Panzer division, Hans Schufler commanded a Jagdpanther tank destroyer in rearguard actions against the Red Army in East Prussia inThen, as an infantryman, he took part in the doomed defense of Danzig before escaping across the Baltic in a small boat His personal story offers a rare glimpse into the chaos and suffering endured by tens thousands of soldiers and civilians during the collapse of the Third Reich in the east Along with vivid descriptions of the appalling conditions in Danzig and the fear and panic that gripped the city, Schuflers account provides valuable insight into the German armys tactics as they fell back before the Soviet advance While acute shortages of men, equipment, ammunition and fuel crippled the defense, the soldiers went on fighting for a lost cause in the face of certain defeat

15 thoughts on “Panzers on the Vistula: Retreat and Rout in East Prussia 1945

  1. John M. Bannerman John M. Bannerman says:

    As usual with the latest generation of histories of the Eastern Front Great Patriotic War, the books fails to examine both sides of the events The whinging about Soviet atrocities ignores the horrendous behaviour of the German forces in the East of Europe, and does not ever really recover from the chauvinism displayed That said it highlights one of the less well documented aspects of the collapse of Nazi Germany in Eastern Europe and has some indications of quality research As a portrayal of the camaraderie of the fighting men in the Heer, it succeeds in conveying of the emotional content than the military operations, and as a source providing a back drop to the operations it is most useful.

  2. AWP AWP says:

    A really well out together book depicting the fortunes of this panzer division by the people who were there This was a particularly nasty phase of the war and opened my eyes about the behaviour of the allies and so called neutral countries of the Baltic The killings written about by air attacks by the Americans and British show just how well we followed the Geneva convention and how history is controlled by the victors A savage war with savage actions but well worth reading The author comes across as honest and obviously knowledgeable having been there.

  3. schlockhorror schlockhorror says:

    The rather plodding style of this effort is bad enough, but what completely undermined its credibility for me is that it is yet another example of a German supposed memoir that features an Improbable Church Organ Interlude.This is something of a cliche in writings from the German perspective I first encountered it in fiction, in The Eagle Has Landed he saw to his astonishment that a paratrooper sergeant in camouflaged jump jacket was sitting at the organ, his red beret on the seat beside him He was playing a Bach choral prelude, one highly appropriate to the season, for it was usually sung to the old Advent hymn Gottes Sohn ist kommen Hans Altmann was thoroughly enjoying himself A superb instrument, a lovely church Higgins, Jack The Eagle Has Landed p 353 Penguin Books Ltd Kindle Edition.Yes, the sensitive and cultured Nazi paratrooper takes a break from winning the war to play the church organ movingly and with skill Funnily enough something oddly similar happens in various Sven Hassel books, where Porta, the lovable Berlin wide boy, is also a maestro on the church organ and frequently takes a break from winning the war to play the church organ movingly and with skill The cliche does not exist only in fiction Nazi Panzer ace Hans von Luck also relates the story of how he was in Rittershofen toward the end of the Battle of the Bulge Wandering the streets, he came to the village church, which lay in ruins Climbing over the rubble, Luck came to the pipe organ, which remained undamaged As one of his men pumped the bellows, Luck sat down to play Bach s Danket Alle Gott At the sound of music, soldiers and townspeople alike began coming out of their hiding places to listen as he takes a break from winning the war to play the church organ movingly and with skill.This is clearly such a favoured piece of bull5hit among German diarists that it came as no surprise at all to find a version of it here as well In the semi darkness we entered the nave of the church, which had suffered little from the war The colonel looked searchingly around, then a small smile lit up his battle weary face He silently indicated that I should sit down on a bench He and the driver then went up some steep stepsI was suddenly startled A quite strange sound reached me through my battle damaged ear the organ roared out, overcoming the murdering sounds, soon enabling me to forget the war around A unique, nostalgic feeling overcame me, and the gloomy church suddenly seemed so light Sch ufler, Hans Panzers on the Vistula Kindle Locations 1071 1076 Pen and Sword Kindle Edition.You have to laugh, really Sorry, I just don t believe it and as someone once said, the only bad thing that is ever in any autobiography is the writer s memory.

  4. Kindle Customer Kindle Customer says:

    This story truly captures the dying days of the war and the stubborn nature of the war The remarkable efforts of the German soldiers, not fighting for the Nazi cause, fighting to allow their civilians to escape the clutches of the communists No political statements here, no blame or denial, just a fighting soldiers story

  5. Seagoon Seagoon says:

    I ve now read quite a few book written by German soldiers and find them very interesting to see things from the enemy s viewpoint.

  6. Carole_S Carole_S says:

    If you re looking for the cut and thrust of Jagdpanther operations, then this story isn t it It is however a narrative in the broad brush about the collapse of the German forces in East Prussiain the final months of WW2.

  7. CFive CFive says:

    Give as a little flavour of what it must have been like and there are some interesting details but overall I though it could have done with some pepping up as it reads a bit like a second party travelog.

  8. Stephen Stephen says:

    One of the better books about this chapter of WW2.Schaufler s book is a poignant account of the mass evacuation from Danzig and the heroism of the Wehrmacht, fighting at the bitter end of the war.

  9. Customer j winnig Customer j winnig says:

    I enjoyed reading this book It sheds light on a little known and covered time at the end of world war two

  10. Mr. Nigel Stanbridge Mr. Nigel Stanbridge says:

    the book is very interesting about the war in the north east you dont hear a lot about it so its good to get historical facts from someone who was there

  11. andre andre says:

    Um bom livro, por m j li melhores sobre o mesmo assunto

  12. J. Groen J. Groen says:

    There are few descriptions of panzer battles with Soviet tanks in this book There is one description of a Jagdpanther fighting a destroying a company of Soviet tanks probably the reason for the front picture , but that is about it However, this book is worth the read for other reasons It is a compelling description of death and destruction in Eastern Prussia at the end of World War II After almost four years of doing this to the Russian people, the Soviets were returning the favor What this book describes as my headline depicts is hell on the Vistula Slaughter, destruction, etc and innocent German civilians trying to get away from this alive Further, the role of the German soldier was noble he was trying to save the lives of his fellow countrymen This is all told from a first person perspective, an individual who was there Books like these are important so that we can have documentation of the horror and tragedy of war.

  13. Marc L. Tavasci Marc L. Tavasci says:

    The last days of World War II on the Eastern Front, especially in the area formerly known as Prussia, were chaotic and horrific for almost everyone on the German side Incessant attacks by Russian planes, artillery, tanks and infantry taxed the small German forces to the utmost, and thousands of civilians were caught in the middle as they tried to escape the onrushing Russian forces as well.The author served in the 4th Panzer Division and was one of those who were trying to hold back the Russians in order for the civilians to make it to safety This book covers his experiences in that hectic, crazy time, and it s a disjointed tale of retreat, suffering, hunger, bravery and deprivation There is very little combat related by the author himself, but several very good passages from the experiences of others help provide examples of the bitter fighting It s only at the end when the author manages to board a small ship for the journey back to Germany that his story stays on one path There are a couple short chapters at the end which relate the stories of some who ended up in Russian captivity, and these definitely confirm the author made the right choice to try and return to Germany There are also a few instances in which either the author or the translation is incorrect, such as when American Superfortresses bomb German positions there were no Superfortresses in Europe and various assertions by the author that planes bombing them in the night were American, when they most likely were Russian.There s a good selection of photos in the middle and a collection of maps at the beginning of the book which I didn t find very helpful Overall, a fairly good, quick read which could have used editing to improve the narration.

  14. isabelle sayer isabelle sayer says:

    This book is unique It combines the right amount of first person accounts and events of the siege of Danzig in March 1945 That being said, there were some minor errors that you should be aware of 1 Hans Schaufler never commanded a Jagdpanther tank destroyer Before I picked the book up I found it odd that it said he commanded a Jagdpanther, as he was the communications officer for Panzer Regiment 35, this implies that he wasn t ever supposed to lead ard vehicles into battle I am unsure of where this originated.2 The caption where it says the book details the tactics employed by the Wehrmacht as it retreated isn t entirely false, perhaps I have a different definition of tactics but the book never truly explains what the movements of multiple units was or what they were called, rather just focusing on the movement of the 4th Panzer Division, never going in depth about the specifics of the German retreat All told this is a fine book, not really a memoir but not a blow by blow history I feel it is also important to note that Schaufler is not the main protagonist of the story, rarely, in fact do we hear from him Instead it is of a compilation of accounts from multiple German soldiers, while also filling in some vital historical information during and after the book there is a nice timeline at the end