Until the Eyes Shut: Memories of a machine gunner on the Eastern Front, 1943-45, Andreas Hartinger
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Until the Eyes Shut: Memories of a machine gunner on the Eastern Front, 1943-45

Author: Andreas Hartinger

Narrator: Tim H. Dixon

Unabridged: 5 hr 33 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Findaway Voices

Published: 09/27/2020

Genre: History - Military - World War Ii

Synopsis

The veteran tells his grandson about his World War II experiences, without pathos, but with gripping, brutal honesty.

Synopsis

The rulers’ mistakes are paid for with the blood of the people. This is shown in history both recent and ancient, time and time again. It was no different for an Austrian mountain farmer’s son who was thrown into the carnage of the Eastern Front. He was in the prime of his youth, and the German Reich was already close to losing the war.

In ripe old age, he remembers those dark hours that have haunted him throughout his life. Manning his machine gun in merciless struggles with a superior enemy, or fighting for survival in brutal close combat, reduced to basest instincts. He also remembers the rock-solid comradeship with his mountain troop, the unexpected gestures of humanity, and an insane destructiveness at a time when the world was out of joint.

This ruthless, honest, and touching real-life account of a simple frontline soldier serves as a reminder to stand up for peace at all times, and to despise war. Until the eyes shut …

About the author

Andreas Hartinger had a profound interest in contemporary history from a young age. During his professional assignments in various crises around the world, he has seen with his own eyes how war takes humanity hostage. He and his grandfather Hans Kahr wrote down the elder’s war memories together. It was painstaking work and it involved innumerable unsettling conversations. What started off as a family project is now available to a broad readership.

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