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Adventures in My Youth: A German Soldier on the Eastern Front 1941-45

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Armin Scheiderbauer

Narrated By: James A. Gillies

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: August 2017

Duration: 11 hours 28 minutes


The author could be described as a 'veteran' in every sense of the word, even though he was only aged twenty-one when the war ended. Armin Scheiderbauer served as an infantry officer with the 252nd Infantry Division, German Army, and saw four years of bitter combat on the Eastern Front, being wounded six times.

This is an outstanding personal memoir, written with great thoughtfulness and honesty. Scheiderbauer joined his unit during the winter of 1941/42, and during the following years saw fierce combat in many of the largest battles on the Eastern Front. His experiences of the 1943-45 period are particularly noteworthy, including his recollections of the massive Soviet offensives of summer 1944 and January 1945. Participating in the bitter battles in East Prussia, he was captured by the Soviets and not released until 1947.

Adventures in my Youth is a unique memoir-the author originally wrote it only for his daughter. It has never been published in any language, until now.


  • Alan B.

    Fascinating story from the Eastern front, the story that we are not told growing up

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Daniel V.

    I little dry, and removed on the writing. There are better anecdotal first person stories about WW2. But, this is a part of WW2 that i didn't know about so it was absorbing nevertheless. Excellent situational knowledge about the eastern front from the German perspective. Also fascinating how the Russians treated their German POW's. Worth the listen.

  • Colin C.

    It’s a slightly odd read or listen. And I have satiated myself on very many texts, accounts and memoirs of this period. To begin (and I mean the first 3-4 hours) it’s VERY slow burn to start that was at times irritating. Although I do not doubt the books personal authenticity at all, sections of the story are pure filler including interminably long rambles about the virtues of various German villages and barrack towns as well as dry verbatim recounts of military manuals and classical strategies such as Von Clausewitz. It did lead me to wonder if the author was being paid by the line or page ... However, it slowly warms up and I have to say that by half way though the author starts to gather pace, focus and vigour. Towards the end of the war are the most fascinating observations and the period in which the author was in Russian captivity - for up to 2 years after the war - are very interesting indeed. It grew on me slowly and was interesting ... Worth listening to for sure but not a page turner. There are other frontline German perspective memoirs that are more commanding and compelling reads.

Adventures in My Youth: A German Soldier on the Eastern Front 1941-45

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Adventures in My Youth: A German Soldier on the Eastern Front 1941-45, Armin Scheiderbauer