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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 international warfare II. Willy Peter Reese was once purely 20 years outdated while he stumbled on himself marching via Russia with orders to take no prisoners.

Three years later he used to be useless. Bearing witness to--and engaging in--the atrocities of warfare, Reese recorded his reflections in his diary, abandoning an clever, touching, and illuminating point of view on lifestyles at the jap entrance. He documented the carnage perpetrated via either side, the destruction which used to be exacerbated via the younger soldiers' starvation, frostbite, exhaustion, and their day-by-day fight to outlive. And he wrestled along with his personal sins, with the belief that what he and his fellow infantrymen had performed to civilians and enemies alike was once 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 overseas sensation, A Stranger to Myself is an unforgettable account of guys at conflict.

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Little can be seen of Walcheren's low-lying coast, except for the Westkapelle lighthouse (6) which stands out above the smokescreen released by the defenders, and rolling along the dyke t o p before the north-west wind. Further left, a 15in. shell from the Bombardment Squadron bursts over battery W15 (7). Hidden by the dust of the bombardment, its gun emplacements were one of the first objectives of the commandos once ashore. Deadly t o LCG(M) 101, they w o u l d fall soon after midday, in barely t w o hours' time.

The LCT/LVT combination was a winner, allowing landing craft t o drop their hinged ramp ( 5 ) directly on the beach, or offshore in shallow water, the LVTs carrying the assault troops ashore dryshod, w i t h equipment and tactical units intact. Little can be seen of Walcheren's low-lying coast, except for the Westkapelle lighthouse (6) which stands out above the smokescreen released by the defenders, and rolling along the dyke t o p before the north-west wind. Further left, a 15in. shell from the Bombardment Squadron bursts over battery W15 (7).

Active resistance to the landings at Westkapelle consisted mainly of artillery fire from German coastal batteries. Their accurate fire prevented armoured assault teams landing on Red Beach as planned, and inflicted heavy losses amongst vehicles and landing craft. These could have been still heavier had the gunners fired high-explosive rounds instead of armour-piercing. In the absence of German infantry, however, the defences that littered the foreshore (7) were rapidly circumvented. Obstacles are of little value, unless covered by fire.

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