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eBook The Good Soldier: From Austrian Social Democracy to Communist Captivity with a Soldier of Panzer-Grenadier Division "Grossdeutschland" epub
  • ISBN: 0966638999
  • Author: Alfred Novotny
  • Genre: Biographies
  • Subcategory: Leaders & Notable People
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: The Aberjona Press (October 8, 2002)
  • Pages: 160 pages
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Alfred Novotny was an outsider in many different ways - an Austrian with a Czech surname who came from a Socialist household, yet served in the elite Grossdeutschland division on the Eastern Front. Vlasov's soldiers fought with the Germans on the Oder in April 1945 and against the Germans near Pilsen in early May 1945 (see p 182-183 and p 401 of Anthony Beevor's The Fall of Berlin 1945). Novotny, not unlike old Soviet official history, must have equated the numerous Russian Hiwis ("Hilfwillinge" or voluntary support workers) with "Vlasovtsy".

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For example, on June 10, 1940, at least 150 captured black soldiers were separated and murdered by Großdeutschland in the Erquinvillers area. Novotny, Alfred (2002), The Good Soldier: From Austrian Social Democracy to Communist Captivity with a Soldier of Panzer-Grenadier Division Grossdeutschland, Bedford, Pennsylvania: Aberjona Press, ISBN 66638-99-9.

The Good Soldier : From Austrian Social Democracy to Communist Captivity with a Soldier of the Panzer-Grenadier Division Grossdeutschland. The Good Soldier is an insightful and revealing memoir of the son of a staunch Austrian Social Democrat family who served in Panzer Grenadier Division 'Grossdeutschland' during some of its most momentous battles, and survived four years of Soviet captivity.

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The Good Soldier is an insightful and revealing memoir of the son of a staunch Austrian Social Democrat family who served in Panzer Grenadier Division 'Grossdeutschland' during some of its most momentous battles, and survived four years of Soviet captivity. Panzer Grenadier Division 'Grossdeutschland' was one of Germany's premier fighting units on the Eastern Front up until the very end of the war - Alfred Novotny became a veteran soldier of this formation, being captured by the Red Army in 1945.

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Alfred Novotny was born in Vienna on 1 April 1924, and was perfectly placed to suffer the ancient Chinese curse: "May you live in interesting times." His times were interesting and deadly, but that he survived them is not the greatest surprise. Rather, what stands out is that Fred never lost his compassion, nor his humanity, nor his mind.

Growing up in 1930s Vienna, the former home of a young, frustrated, and fuming artist named Adolf Hitler, Fred was the stepson of an ardent Social Democrat. As such, he grew up with a visceral and deep dislike and distrust of their rival parties, including the National Socialists, or "Nazis." Although the political situation in Austria throughout the 1930s was stormy, the German annexation of Austria absolutely ended effective opposition to the "New Order."

Attracted by the superficial benefits of unity with Germany and the evident achievements of the Nazis, young Alfred gradually parted ways with his stepfather. He performed his duty to the Reich when called up for service in the Labor Corps, and later proudly served in the most elite division of the German Army in World War II, Panzer-Grenadier Division "Grossdeutschland" ("Greater Germany").

From 1942 forward, Fred saw more than his share of combat. Starting with action as a member of a hurriedly-armed labor detachment in the famous British naval and commando raid at St. Nazaire, France, in March 1942, Fred later joined the Grossdeutschland Division in time to participate in some of the most well-knownand most bloodybattles of the war on the Eastern Front. During the Germans last great offensive in the Soviet Union in 1943, Fred fought at Poltava and in the titanic clash of thousands of tanks at Kursk. Wounded there, he later returned to his unit and fought in the long series of fiercely-contested defensive battles that ended only when the Soviets occupied much of eastern and central Germany and Austria. . . and when Hitler and the Thousand Year Reich were finally destroyed.

Like so many members of German units, Fred was happy to surrender to the US Army at the end of the war, but under the terms of inter-Allied agreements reached months before, units which had fought only against the Soviets were turned over to the Red Army, en masse. Thus began the ordeal after the ordeal2½ years in Soviet prison camps.

After being freed from Soviet captivity, Fred eventually escaped the old world and the old conflicts . . . and started a new life in the United States, free of the competing "isms" of Europe that had wreaked misery on millions.

Supported by detailed commentary by author/historian Marc Rikmenspoel, The Good Soldier contains 62 illustrations, including original diagrams and sketches drawn before the war and during the author's captivity; comprehensive documentary authentication of the author's military service; and extensive wartime photography.

Comments: (7)
Ddilonyne
well written kind of short reminiscence of a former Eastern front German soldier of WW2.It has the specifics -names -units - pictures and is written in a manner like any veteran remembering would use,Specific conversations are lacking,but having listened to my fathers WW2 tales they rarely had specific language,He remembered the general idea,but didnt recreate whole conversations.
Having read the SAJER book Forgotten SOldier previously I now question what that really was.WAS it real? PARt real? Or a novel?IT was written in a much different style.How could those conversations be recreated? I doubt they could.
NOVOTNY is the real deal.No doubt.
His career prewar as a waiter(with apprenticeship)no doubt was the prologue to a career in Hospitality services.That a waiter would get that much training is very interesting.

I found it interesting that immigrants like him after WW2 were very conflicted about coming to the US.One gets the impression that on the whole he would have preferred to remain where he was,in AUstria.HE did pretty well in the US,IN PEORIA ,ILL.no less
Shaktiktilar
Alfred Novotny was an outsider in many different ways - an Austrian with a Czech surname who came from a Socialist household, yet served in the elite Grossdeutschland division on the Eastern Front. In addition to his war experiences, the narrative includes his early childhood and training as a restaurant apprentice in Vienna, as well as his 2 year experience as Prisoner of War in Soviet Georgia and his subsequent marriage and move to the US where he became a successful hotelier.

The unexpected tidbits make this book so interesting - the brutal training outside Berlin (and the fact that he was considered "soft" because of his Austrian background), the weather at Kursk (I had no idea much of it took place in heavy rain), the spacing of the foxholes, the description of the equipment (infantry wanted no part of the German halftracks), the sudden romance created by war, etc.

The description of his transport via rail and life as a prisoner in post war Russia was particularly fascinating - his status as an Austrian would win him privileges depending on how "Red" Austrians voted in the most recent election. And his Russian captors were a fascinatingly unpredictable combination of brutal and humane.
Fek
The very large number of typos and grammatical errors is unacceptable and irritating.

That being said, this (very short) book is a collection of memories by a veteran of the "Grossdeutschland Division" (GD) that spans his youth in Austria, his duty in the Reichsarbeitsdienst, his fighting with the GD on the eastern Front from 1943 to 1945, his four years of internment in a Soviet POW camp and finally his immigration to and life in the USA. Each chapter of memories is preceded by valuable introductions which put Novotny's recollections in the larger context (Austria annexation, battles, GD regimental and divisional history, etc). That architecture, as well as the time period covered, are interesting and make this book very different from The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer (another GD veteran). Also different from Sajer's is the large number of photos from the author as well as Novotny's military papers ("The Forgotten Soldier" does not have a single picture or military paper of Sajer).

However, I found some statements seemingly contradictory. On the one hand, Novotny corroborates Sajer's accounts that the soldiers of even the elite GD division were frequently (1943 and later) starving and wearing ragged uniforms:
-"we were always hungry" (p39)
-"...food was becoming scarce. We were all starved" (p65)
-"our uniform became rags' (p62)
But on the other hand he praises the GD's logistics:
-"There was no doubt about it: we were very well equipped and supplied. I found the supply system within the GD always to be trustworthy" (p42)
-"...excellent equipment and supplies... We were part of something special indeed" (p76).
Maybe it's just me, but I'm confused.

On page 112 Novotny mentions "2 million who had fought under General Vlasov". That is absurd: Vlasov's "Russian Army of Liberation" had only one active unit, the 600th Infantry division, so around 20,000 men, and others in formation (Himmler's idea, grudgingly accepted by Hitler who despised Slavs). Vlasov's soldiers fought with the Germans on the Oder in April 1945 and against the Germans near Pilsen in early May 1945 (see p 182-183 and p 401 of Anthony Beevor's The Fall of Berlin 1945). Novotny, not unlike old Soviet official history, must have equated the numerous Russian Hiwis ("Hilfwillinge" or voluntary support workers) with "Vlasovtsy".

Novotny's memoirs lack the pathos of "The Forgotten Soldier" and are rather dry. Neither negative or positive: a question of taste.
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