By Willy Peter Reese
A Stranger to Myself: The Inhumanity of conflict, Russia 1941-44 is the haunting memoir of a tender German soldier at the Russian entrance in the course of international struggle II. Willy Peter Reese was once in simple terms two decades outdated while he chanced on himself marching via Russia with orders to take no prisoners.
Three years later he was once lifeless. Bearing witness to--and partaking in--the atrocities of battle, Reese recorded his reflections in his diary, abandoning an clever, touching, and illuminating standpoint on lifestyles at the japanese entrance. He documented the carnage perpetrated via each side, the destruction which was once exacerbated by way of the younger soldiers' starvation, frostbite, exhaustion, and their day-by-day fight to outlive. And he wrestled along with his personal sins, with the conclusion that what he and his fellow infantrymen had performed to civilians and enemies alike used to be unforgivable, along with his growing to be know-how of the Nazi rules towards Jews, and along with his deep disillusionment with himself and his fellow men.
An overseas sensation, A Stranger to Myself is an unforgettable account of fellows at struggle.
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At daylight the Germans retreated, leaving behind at least 250 dead and some 25 destroyed vehicles. The 88mm SP gun was found with its motor still running and a shell in the breech. The 2AD suffered 29 casualties and the loss of two Shermans and two half-tracks. The 41st took 139 prisoners. Afew hours later, a force of 15 German tanks and 200 paratroopers collided with an outpost company of 4th Infantry protected by four 702nd Battalion Tank Destroyers. After aTD went up in flames, the infantry rushed back into the perimeter of the 78th Armored Field Artillery.
To 2AD's left, the Guards Armoured had already established a crossing at Beringen, and the British gave permission for the 82nd Recon Battalion to cross over that bridge. The 82nd then drove south to clear the far bank in front of 2nd Armored. After making good progress on September 11, the recon troops were counterattacked the next morning and driven back. Two hours later the 82nd attacked again and ran into a roadblock built around a destroyed British armored car. As soon as they tried to bypass this obstacle the 82nd lost five tanks to mines and anti-tank fire.
On September 13, Combat Command A passed over the bridge at Beringen, after which it cleared the opposite banks of the canal. CCB crossed a few days later on a bridge built by Engineers. The 2nd Armored had now arrived at a thin southern peninsula of Dutch territory bordered by Belgium on one side and Germany on the other. On the west side was the Dutch city of Maastricht and on the east, just across the border, lay Charlemagne's medieval capital, the German city of Aachen. But now the 2AD was meeting resistance on every side; the days of fast pursuit were over.
A Stranger to Myself: The Inhumanity of War: Russia, 1941-1944 by Willy Peter Reese