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To the Gate of Hell
The Memoir of a Panzer Crewman

Author(s)Armin Böttger
Language(s)English text
Format: Hard cover, 6.25" x 9.5"
Pages: 256 pages
Photos: 200 wartime photos
Publisher: Frontline Books
ISBN: 9781848326439

Item No. FL-6439 Price: $39.95

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Until seriously wounded on the Eastern Front in August 1944, Armin Böttger experienced the horrors of the Second World War from the perspective of a panzer radio operator. In his very personal account, Böttger relates in a sober and realistic manner the fighting and experiences on and behind the front. He details his involvement in battles across Europe in honest terms.

He describes vividly the cruelty and senselessness of war, along with the injustices and irritations of army life. The author was by no means a hero: he admits that he volunteered for the Wehrmacht to avoid taking his school leaving exams (but obtain his Abitur leaving certificate). He also concedes that he lied about his health in an attempt to avoid being sent to the Eastern Front and was determined to stay alive at all cost.

The book features almost 200 photographs taken by the author during the war and includes images taken in action.

Also available from this publisher:

Hirschfeld The Memoirs of Karl Doenitz

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