Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front

Written by:
Günter K. Koschorrek
Narrated by:
Nigel Patterson

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
July 2018
9 hours 42 minutes
Gunter Koschorrek wrote his illicit diary on any scraps of paper he could lay his hands on. As keeping a diary was strictly forbidden, he sewed the pages into the lining of his thick winter coat and deposited them with his mother on infrequent trips home on leave. The diary went missing and it was when he was reunited with his daughter in America some forty years later that it came to light and became Blood Red Snow.

The author was a keen recruit at initial training and his excitement at the first encounter with the enemy in the Russian Steppe is obvious. The horror and confusion of fighting in the streets of Stalingrad are brought to life by his descriptions of the others in his unit; their differing manners and techniques for dealing with the squalor and death. He is also posted to Romania and Italy, assignments he remembers fondly compared to his time on the Eastern Front.

This book stands as a memorial to the huge numbers on both sides who did not survive and is, over five decades later, the fulfillment of a responsibility he feels to honor the memory of those who perished. Gunter K. Koschorrek was a machine-gunner on the Russian front in WWII. He lives in Germany, having retired from his job as managing director of a sales company.
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Paul T.

The author took me to a shared experience I had a visual experience, a place little known to our modern world,

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RIchard T.

This book was incredible. Amazing to hear a first hand account of someone who was really there. The book holds your interest from first to last. Excellent narration with flawless pronunciation of German words. Would highly recommend to history buffs.

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Jordan S.

Fantastic book! Unfortunately a terrible narrator can make or break a book.. HOWEVER, This book is Read by far and away one of the best foreign language narrators in the business! Do yourself a favor and listen to this book and the other German/Russian military memoirs he has Narrated.. You will not be disappointed..

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Colin H.

Classic war memoir of a young German soldier caught up in the hell of the Eastern Front, starting with his baptism of fire in Stalingrad, a grueling, brutal odyssey escaping the Russian encirclement and on through the end of the war. Truly a remarkable tale of brotherhood, honor, loss, battle, disillusionment and survival.

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Miles M.

Fascinating account of life on the Eastern Front. Well narrated and well worth a listen

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it's an interesting book but as a former soldier there are several inconsistencies that just don't add up. The main one being the reason he does not mention u it names to the last one being his mention of him being confronted by a Chekosovacian with a Kalashnacov weapon

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