By Willy Peter Reese
A Stranger to Myself: The Inhumanity of warfare, 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 Willy Peter Reese was once in basic terms two decades outdated whilst he chanced on himself marching via Russia with orders to take no prisoners.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 viewpoint on lifestyles at the jap entrance. He documented the carnage perpetrated by way of each side, the destruction which was once exacerbated via the younger soldiers' starvation, frostbite, exhaustion, and their day-by-day fight to outlive. And he wrestled together with his personal sins, with the belief that what he and his fellow squaddies had performed to civilians and enemies alike used to be unforgivable, together with his turning out to be information 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 guys at warfare.
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It wasn’t until I got to the door that I suddenly realized I wasn’t crawling on the deck, I was crawling on the bulkhead – she was over about 60 degrees. I pulled myself out of the doorway and looked out and the quarterdeck was like a long slide. I went straight up on my backside, slid down and got caught by the guardrails, one under my throat and one under my stomach. There was only one other person I saw. That was the midshipman of the watch, and he was leaning against the guardrails with his telescope still under his arm.
We had a crew of between twenty-five and thirty men. My First Lieutenant and second-in-command had been in the Mercantile Marine, but he had retired twelve years ago and become the manager of a hotel in Margate. All the sailors were people from trawlers, not from the navy proper. ’ Like the St Loman, the Windermere joined an anti-submarine group operating off the north coast of Scotland. 13 In this spirit he urged the formation of ‘units of search’ to ‘catch and kill’ enemy warships and U-boats.
It was the bow wave; Vanquisher was crossing the front of the convoy. Too late the mistake was discovered: ‘We went right through her, killing fourteen men,’ Adams remembers. ’ There were appalling scenes; the ship had no emergency medical staff or equipment and the First Lieutenant of Walker was forced to shoot one badly injured man who had been caught in the wreckage. ’ Mercifully Pingers the weather was good and both ships were saved, but it had been a grisly, shocking experience for Walker’s crew.