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S/42
06-23-2011, 12:28 AM
I only yesterday got my copy of "Sniper on the Eastern Front: The Memoirs of Sepp Allerberger", and of course the first thing I do is look at the pictures.

OK, I am instantly dismayed to see Wacker says Sepp is holding a self loading sniper rifle (presumably meaning K43) when it is CLEARLY a turret K98. Another photo shows another sniper with what Wacker calls a side rail sniper when AGAIN it is clearly a turret rifle.

Now, this sort of inaccuracy always taints my thoughts before reading a book - is the book worth reading - as in, is it actually Sepp's memoirs, or is it heavily touched by Wacker?

Dave Roberts
06-23-2011, 01:15 AM
Vulch
I will hold my Tongue when it come to this self proclaimed Sniper Expert , I know a Couple Brother`s in Germany who know him personally and they do not speak very highly of this Lame Brain . He just also was associated with a Book from Propaganda Books German Sniper Rifle . Actually used for Pictorial a Number of Rifles that are without a Doubt Reproduction Snipers and also some Scopes & Rings. There was a Number of mistakes as to descriptions of Scopes on Rifles or saying can not tell by Pic what type of Sniper Rifle it is when if You look at the pics with a Magnifying glass You can tell exactly what type they are . I would say the BIGGEST Farce of the Book is one HT in Particular which has a Zeiss Zeilach 8X a Long Key Safety and Double Set Triggers and Silencer , Silencer is Possible but other Part almost made me Vomit in my mouth . Anyone with such Supposed Credentials should be ashamed to be associated with such nonsense
Best Regards :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: . PS Wacker Really showed his :moon:on this Book

S/42
06-23-2011, 06:51 AM
I had heard that of the sniper book, I was HOPING that a historical memoir may have escaped the ineptitude.

We shall see, but I am really not holding my breath :(

kc-10boom
06-23-2011, 09:20 AM
Guh. I'm glad I stumbled onto this thread. My local B&N has a copy of the book in question in stock and I was considering picking it up. I might hold off on that, now.

S/42
06-23-2011, 06:59 PM
I started reading it last night, and, well, yeah...

So, now I look at it as semi-fiction, which makes it easier :biggrin1:

A true shame.

Now if only Hetzenauer wrote memoirs and Wacker doesn't get hold of them :laugh:

mto7464
06-25-2011, 12:02 PM
sniper books on wwii seem to be real popular right now
Which leads people into trying and make a quick buck

Dave Roberts
06-30-2011, 11:53 PM
sniper books on wwii seem to be real popular right now
Which leads people into trying and make a quick buck

My opinion on the Propaganda Series is the k98 & Sniper Book just released is it is Pitiful in the Original Rifles used which in fact are repros not all but many of them , But on the other hand the Original Photos used this part is actually good . In the Original Sniper Pic Section are some interesting never before seen photos .
Best Regards.:boom:

S/42
07-01-2011, 05:55 PM
Finished Wacker's book "about" Sepp Allerberger.

A true disgrace. Pitiful, truly pitiful. The man has NO concept about shooting beyond gallery shooting a .22!!!!!!

He tries to make out that hitting a man sized target at 100 metres (about 104 yards) is a DIFFICULT SHOT? WTF? Oh, and shooting someone at 400 ayards is a "work of art"... I must remember that next time I shoot dinner plates all day at 500 yards during a "mad minute" style shoot. Sure, i am not in combat, but snipers are using precise, aimed shots.

His OVER use of terms to describe the hits is distracting - I lost count of "his head exploded like a ripened melon" and blood spurted like a fountain, and of course EVERY Russian was a barbarian and evicerated every German and pulled a few metres of his intestines out.

I lost count of how many times the Gerbirgsjager division was decimated then suddenly reformed, decimated, reformed....

It reads very poorly as a work of fiction, let alone a supposed biography!!!!!

2 out of 10.

He should be admonished for this incredibly inept representation of this man's life.

Dave Roberts
07-01-2011, 06:43 PM
Finished Wacker's book "about" Sepp Allerberger.

A true disgrace. Pitiful, truly pitiful. The man has NO concept about shooting beyond gallery shooting a .22!!!!!!

He tries to make out that hitting a man sized target at 100 metres (about 104 yards) is a DIFFICULT SHOT? WTF? Oh, and shooting someone at 400 ayards is a "work of art"... I must remember that next time I shoot dinner plates all day at 500 yards during a "mad minute" style shoot. Sure, i am not in combat, but snipers are using precise, aimed shots.

His OVER use of terms to describe the hits is distracting - I lost count of "his head exploded like a ripened melon" and blood spurted like a fountain, and of course EVERY Russian was a barbarian and evicerated every German and pulled a few metres of his intestines out.

I lost count of how many times the Gerbirgsjager division was decimated then suddenly reformed, decimated, reformed....

It reads very poorly as a work of fiction, let alone a supposed biography!!!!!

2 out of 10.

He should be admonished for this incredibly inept representation of this man's life.



One Word about Your report , BRAVO AGREE 100%

S/42
07-02-2011, 12:37 AM
I just cannot believe how BAD it is.

The obviousness of the situations is staggering, but what gets to me is his extreme "graphic novel" style of painting the Russians as evil devils, and the Germans being little angels.

Just mere pages apart was his sickly gross account of Russians supposedly raping a Hungarian restaurant owners wife "till the sperm flowed down her legs and over the mudguards"... and then rammed a flare gun between her legs and fired.... and red lava flowed down her legs.... to the Germans saving a Polish Grandmother, daughter and young baby and tending to the injured cow so the baby could feed (cue out of tune violins at this point)

And then Wacker goes on to cover up Allerberger's lost records of receiving the Ritterkreuz by saying he mailed home the award document in one letter to his parents which was lost... and so he only had the photo from the Field Marshall... oh yawn...

But the oddest thing is how the dates jump all over the place.

A BAD bit of fantasy

rigid1
07-05-2011, 07:19 PM
I agree, I got to about page 60 this winter and haven't been able to pick it up again. I was hoping it would be more factual but sorely disappointed.

S/42
07-05-2011, 07:54 PM
Besides the lack of factual anything, it just has no meat. I was at least hoping for some stalking, laying in wait, preparing etc tension filled episodes, but all you get is maybe 3 lines at best! And then it jumps everywhere again.

HORRID book.

S/42
07-05-2011, 08:14 PM
Another interesting review on Amazon by, oddly, also an Aussie (NOT me):



I bought this book out of curiosity. After having read the book I decided to review it in two parts. If I have missed something in the book that has sent me off in the wrong direction please forgive me but I have looked over the story line in the book twice and I am sure of my findings.

Firstly the book didn't disappoint me, it was an interesting read and a fascinating recounting of the life of a German sniper on the Eastern Front in 1943-44 and the entering into Romania/Hungary during 1945. The book is not for those who don't like reading about torture, death and the descriptions of same. They are graphic. It is written in the same style as that of the 1970's published books author 'Sven Hassel'. Actually I thought that I was reading another Sven Hassel story, it was that close, except differing characters. Anyway an interesting read. I won't say entertaining in these types of books in that the descriptions of the death of soldiers and civilians can never be entertaining.

Secondly and the most controversial part of my review:

It wasn't until I finished the book, which I read in faster than usual time, and went over it a second time that I found some interesting points. The author is an Albrecht Wacker, an arms dealer and photographer who allegedly got the story from an ex-sniper who was on the Eastern Front and wrote this book based on his accounts. Okay so far, but what got me thinking was what was written in the prologue. The author protects himself by explaining that the subject of the book 'Josef Sepp Allerberger' is ficticious as are most of the identities named throughout the book. Although he does say that this has been done to protect the true identity of the sniper from repercussions, from whom is not explained. The writer Albrecht Wacker further explains, in the prologue, that he had to and I quote "fill the gaps in his story, through thorough research to complement and complete it" unquote, where 'Sepp' failed to remember details, which apparently occurred quite a lot. This is somewhat worrying as to the authenticity of the facts given in the book.

The varying tortures and atrocities committed by both sides, and the harrowing descriptions of how soldiers died, both German and Russian, have been well documented in text books and biographies for years now. I began wondering...is this story a true account or one using varing information available and placing it in a written version, similar to the movie version of 'Enemy at the Gates' (which outlines the activities of a Russian sniper at Stalingrad in 1942-43).

Is this book ficticious? To assist, I looked to the photographs, said to be that of the male described as 'Sepp Allerberger'. These could be of anyone. Still, why keep the identity of the real sniper, if there is one, secret and then publish his photo, even though taken years ago, would still be a resemblance to the subject in later life. If the fears of retribution are real, why take the chance. The only photos that I recognised to be authentic was that of Field Marshal Schorner. The one of General Paul Klatt and Major Kloss could be factual and Sniper Hetzenauer I do not know but given the statement that most of the identities are false and not authentic, all these photos could be of anyone. If they are real then poor Hetzenauer has his real name and picture published as a sniper of skill. Will retribution now follow Hetzenauer, as was feared by the subject of this book towards himself, if his identity was revealed, as is outlined by the prologue.

Further in the book it describes an attack by Russians in 1943, where only the front line of the attackers are armed, with the rear lines picking up the weapons of their fallen comrades and charging on. Again visions of 'Enemy at the Gates' movie. In 1943 the Russians were well on their way to fully equipping each and every soldier on the front line and the tactic of pushing one line of soldiers armed with weapons and the rear following lines unarmed, was long gone. Further the author explains that snipers (described as marksmen in the book) including our 'Sepp Allerberger', were responsible for single handedly breaking up entire Russian attack formations, stalling those attacks and forcing whole areas along the Russian line to stay under cover for days at a time.

Again, there is plenty of factual evidence that the Russian Hierachy, while equipping those soldiers pretty well, had no qualms about loss of life to obtain an objective. In fact I would be very surprised if a single marksman would have kept a whole line of soldiers in attack formation to take cover by his/her sniping tactics. What were the Russian senior officers thoughts of this? There is well documented evidence of Russian troops being forced out of their lines to attack German lines, by the Political Commissars. It is most likely the entire Russian line would have attacked whether the sniper was there or not regardless of their losses.

Again as I went through the book a second time, I was struck by the similarities in writing style to the books of 'Sven Hassel', as I have mentioned above. Anyway, I hadn't gone past the first two chapters when I picked up mistakes in the time line, which obviously wasn't found by the sub-editor (pretty poor proofing). Chapter One had 'Sepp' finishing his apprenticeship with his father in February 1943 and being called up for military service,for 6 months of basic training. He was then aged 18. The story has 'Sepp' being declared 'fit for duty' in autumn of 1942. Then the story has young 'Sepp' being sent to the front to join his allotted unit in September 1942! finally arriving in July 1943!

Further, the sniper, 'Sepp' describes hellish conditions with shells bursting around him, bullets, shrapnel etc etc, list goes on. Everyone gets hit, either dead or injured. Sepp comes away from the war with nothing more than a slight head wound. A very lucky person given the conditions described in the book. Again this gave me cause to wonder about the truth of this story.

Some might say that I am being pedantic in the time line and perhaps I am, but the factual accounts and the true identity of this sniper, if there ever was one, is questionable. However it is a good read as a novel of fiction. Three stars for this alone. PS who is this Geoffrey Brooks character, who is also the supposed author, didn't find his name mentioned anywhere in the book.

Buffalohunter
01-28-2015, 03:20 PM
I had heard that of the sniper book, I was HOPING that a historical memoir may have escaped the ineptitude.

We shall see, but I am really not holding my breath :( I just read this book...and while I agree that the author made mistakes...the story was worth the read.....war is truly hell and I think there is a lot of truth in the brutality depicted in the story. I think most people that are experienced shooters will easily see the authors errors...but I believe there is a lot of truth in the story......