By Willy Peter Reese
A Stranger to Myself: The Inhumanity of struggle, Russia 1941-44 is the haunting memoir of a tender German soldier at the Russian entrance in the course of global struggle II. Willy Peter Reese was once simply two decades previous whilst he discovered himself marching via Russia with orders to take no prisoners.
Three years later he used to be lifeless. Bearing witness to--and partaking in--the atrocities of conflict, 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 by means of either side, the destruction which used to be exacerbated through 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 squaddies had performed to civilians and enemies alike was once unforgivable, together with his becoming wisdom of the Nazi guidelines towards Jews, and together with his deep disillusionment with himself and his fellow men.
An foreign sensation, A Stranger to Myself is an unforgettable account of fellows at warfare.
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Photos taken as she pulled into Montevideo, however, show that the ‘Coronel’ battle honour had been removed. 3cm G7A torpedoes S h i p ’s c o m m a n d e r s Kapitän zur See Conrad Patzig 1936–37 Kapitän zur See Walter Warzecha 1937–38 Kapitän zur See Hans Langsdorff 1938–39 General construction data The third of the three pocket battleships was laid down at the Marinewerft in Wilhelmshaven in October 1932. Construction took almost two years, the ship being launched in June 1934. The naming ceremony was carried out by the daughter of Admiral Spee in the presence of the CinC Navy, Admiral Raeder.
Scheer would be acting alone, her only contact with other German ships being the supply ships which would refuel her at pre-determined locations and a few German auxiliary cruisers she passed en route. Admiral Scheer departed Brunsbüttel undetected on 27 October and anchored at Dusavik Bay, Tavanger, in Norway on the following day, the British still unaware of her presence. Atrocious weather conditions shielded her breakout out into the Atlantic via the Denmark Straits on the night of 31 October 1940 and in a war cruise covering a total of over 46,000 nautical miles, she succeeded in sinking 17 enemy merchant vessels totalling over 113,000 tons.
Admiral Graf Spee was of welded construction. The weight saving provided by this method as compared to the more traditional riveted construction helped allow this class of ship to mount a main armament turret of the same size and weight as that carried in battleships such as the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, yet remain at the same approximate displacement as a heavy cruiser. 5 knots. It was typical of most diesel-powered warships that the spaces between the ship’s double bottom, and in the bilges, were used for fuel bunkerage, the Admiral Graf Spee being capable of carrying a full load of up to 3,347 cubic metres of diesel oil.
A Stranger to Myself: The Inhumanity of War: Russia, 1941-1944 by Willy Peter Reese