Red Army Sniper: A Memoir on the Eastern Front in World War II (Greenhill Sniper Library) Audible –

I did not regard myself as a slacker Even in childhood I taught myself to carry out tasks entrusted conscientiously and carefully In war, it is no secret that the casual dont surviveYevgeni Nikolaev was one of Russias leading snipers of World War II and his memoir provides and unparalleled account of front line action in crucial theaters of war Nikolaev is credited with a remarkablekills and his wartime service included time in the siege of Leningrad inHis memoir is not a neutral, apolitical account Far from it Nikolaev asserts, for example, that Finland attacked Russia As a member of the NKVD, it is not surprising that his memoir full of historical misinterpretation and justification of the agencys actionsEqually, Nikoalev is dismissive of his Nazi opponents On several occasions, he discusses his Nazi counterparts as bandits and scum, and implores the reader to take a look, fellows, at the beast of a bastard Ive laid lowIn vivid, arresting recollections he paints his actions in a saintly heroic light He describes the comfort of the German foxholes, wired with telephone connections, relative to the Russians who fasted without food or water awaiting the moment for a perfect shot He claims the Russian soldier was a moral warrior, killing only with head or heart shotsIn addition to describing details of his kills, Nikolaev explains how his life was saved when an explosive rifle bullet struck a watch that he kept in his jacket pocket His life was saved by a surgeon who extracted all the watch parts

6 thoughts on “Red Army Sniper: A Memoir on the Eastern Front in World War II (Greenhill Sniper Library)

  1. Tommy Gunn Tommy Gunn says:

    Don t waste your money at best it is just trash Soviet propaganda When I was kid I used to read Battle Action comic the tales and adventures in that, I m sure, were believable than this book.Here s an example On page 173 174 he recounts an attack by the Nazis in my company there were only twenty three men, including officers, to defend a 500 meter lineThe soldier next to me in the trenchto nobody in particular announced It s startedWell brothers, we won t break this time either Someone heard him and called back It s not the first time we ve beaten the bast s, and we ll do it again now.Damned good hearing considering they had just been subjected to a mortar and artillery barrage If you do the maths each soldier must have been approximately 20meters apart.But defeat the enemy they do They open fire when the advancing troops 2 battalions of German infantry are just 20 meters away The author uses his snipers rifle and takes out all the officers and since the Germans no longer have any command structure the advance falters and turns into a retreat.If you want to read boys own accounts of daring do and Red Army invincibility then this book is for you.If you want to learn anything useful at all then buy Lady Death, the memoirs of Stalin s sniper by Lyudmila Pavlichenko.

  2. M. Pain M. Pain says:

    An honest down to earth account of war told by a frontline soldier during the siege of Leningrad While phraseology of the Soviet era language can now seen strange to us it doesn t detract from the account but underlines the determination of all the Soviet people to resist the German invaders That is how it was then how people thought and believed The memoir brings to life the individual soldiers of the Red Army and gives them a human face with details of the day to day existence and sometimes death and gives an insight into the workings of the army that is of interest to the lay reader as well as the historian The proximity of the front line defences of Leningrad and the closeness of the soldiers to the civilians and their feelings and interactions during the Seige clearly illustrates why the Germans never took Leningrad or conquered the Soviet Union A good, worthwhile read.

  3. Olga Kazantseva Olga Kazantseva says:

    After being translated from Russian people will be able to read this book and to know the brutal truth about WW2 and especially about one of its most tragic chapters blockade of Leningrad This is a real story of a grim courage hero Yevgeni Nikolaev who was at that time little than 20 years old.The book itself is very educating the author describes all details of the art of being a good sniper The narration is full of different events and his comrades in arms, so we have clear understanding of what they were going through often lack of food and ammunition, severe frost, shortage in human resources and many others Unfortunately, the preface written by Nikolaev s granddaughter is very fuzzy if not ironic She is very far from those events and it would be appropriate to tell the readers how she knew him in life as a grandfather.I recommend the book to everyone.

  4. A. Cresswell A. Cresswell says:

    This is a rather interesting book but it s probably going to be a little distant for most readers This was written in the days of good old Russian doctrine when everything they said and did in the Red Army was superior and better than everyone else Consequently the disdain and regard they have for the Germans and their abilities comes across loud and clear and so do the overly heroics actions of the Russian soldiers themselves.The book also lacks the modern author s ability of making the story immersive and nail biting This isn t like that It s all very matter of fact They make everything so simplistic but it does lend itself to a level of authenticity you won t find anywhere else For example a situation is recalled where there is a field of cabbages that have not been harvested and so the women of the town under cover of night harvest the cabbages while being fired upon by the Germans He recalls how he spots 2 women who don t seem to be walking properly and surmises they are Germans dressed as women and so kills them both He then goes on to recount how they the soldiers went out under the cover of darkness to grab some cabbages and then talks about how good the soup was Strange He will mentioned with a simple sentence killed 10 Germans today and then go on about the state of the weather of a colleague Another point in the book mentions a female sniper who he is training who takes to killing like a natural and within 2 weeks is off hunting on her own but she complains about the fact the soldiers are continually being wounded by shrapnel and declines to get injuries stitched up He mentions after the war she became part and parcel of the state party etc Like I said it s not a glory laden book full of heroic deeds just very matter of fact comments that seem to be half for the reader and half for the party censors.

  5. Zak Wagman Zak Wagman says:

    This is an excellent first hand account by one of the world s greatest snipers Nikolaev was one of Russia s leading snipers in World War II and he explains what life was like as a Russian on the frontlines, holding nothing back when talking of Russia s enemies, including the Nazis He has great stories from his time in the field, particularly an episode where a doctor saved his life, and reading his story is fascinating This account compares well with the memoirs of Lyudmila Pavlichenko and Bruno Sutkus all are honest first hand stories from the frontline that teach us about snipercraft and the reality of warfare on the Eastern Front.

  6. Louise L Louise L says:

    Thrilling, brutal and compelling Highly recommend for anyone interesting in World War II memoirs this is one of the best sniper accounts out there.