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I'm looking for some non-fiction/fiction titles that would go well with ASL and the Beyond Valor module. I just picked up the 2nd Ed. rules and that module, any suggestions?

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My all-time favorite 1st person account is "The Forgotten Soldier" by Guy Sajer. His mother was French and his father was German so he was conscripted into the Wehrmacht Motor Pool on the Western Front. He later winds up in the Grossdeutschland Division on the Eastern Front in the winter. Just the best read you'll have in a while.

I couldn't find it for a long time then I ran across several copies at my local used bookstore. Do yourself a favor and pick this book up.
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I should just point out some folks feel Forgotten Soldier is either full of errors or fabricated.
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i agree with robert
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Enemy at the Gates is appropriate, and one of John Hill's primary inspirations while designing the original Squad Leader. I haven't gotten to reading it myself yet, however.
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The Forgotten Soldier is a great book. I think the criticism of the book are unwarranted. It is a memoir written by a soldier, not historical analysis written by an academic. The criticisms come from people judging it as a piece of academic writing. Human memory, especially episodic memory, is faulty, constructive, reconstructive and reproductive. This book may have the wrong date when Grossdeutschland was in such and such a village area, but his experiences as a front line soldier on the eastern front ring true.

(He did not get conscripted, he volunteered)

Now if you really want books that line up with the crazy war movie quality stuff that happens in ASL read the fiction from Leo Kessler like the Assault Battalion Wotan or Stormtroop Edelweiss series!
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I'd recommend both Cross of Iron and Crack of Doom by Willi Heinrich.

Very good Eastern Front historical fiction that would make a good companion to Beyond Valor or SL Cross of Iron!
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Awesome guys, I have read the Sajer book right before my Storms of Steel Kursk game arrived...and I really enjoyed it, I will look into these others see what I can find. Whenever I get a new wargame I like to read something from the period/theme, etc., I'll start tracking down some of your suggestions.

Thanks again!
 
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bk_otj wrote:
The Forgotten Soldier is a great book. I think the criticism of the book are unwarranted. It is a memoir written by a soldier, not historical analysis written by an academic. The criticisms come from people judging it as a piece of academic writing. Human memory, especially episodic memory, is faulty, constructive, reconstructive and reproductive. This book may have the wrong date when Grossdeutschland was in such and such a village area, but his experiences as a front line soldier on the eastern front ring true.


Actually, the criticisms go deeper than that.

Stated simply, there are much better autobiographical books out there from a German perspective. Soldat by Siegfried Knappe is quite good, for example.
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for the action style:

http://groovyageofhorror.blogspot.ca/2007/02/blitzfreeze-by-...


for the historic style:

http://www.amazon.com/With-Backs-Berlin-Tony-Tissier/dp/0750...

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Eastern Inferno

Stalingrad- Antony Beevor

199 days the battle for Stalingrad.

And a little tenuous but Hitlers traitor
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Rindis wrote:
Enemy at the Gates is appropriate, and one of John Hill's primary inspirations while designing the original Squad Leader. I haven't gotten to reading it myself yet, however.


Make sure you get the William Craig book "Enemy at the Gates"
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/435556.Enemy_at_the_Gates

not the film version which is based on about 3-4 pages of that book.

The Sajer book 'Forgotten Soldier' is disputed over historical accuracy, and for a while it was thought he was really a Waffen SS volunteer, but this has been revised to some extent. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Sajer
I don't think anyone disputes he served in the German military on the East Front, but in which unit is more problematic.
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Günter K. Koschorrek: Blood red snow
Infantryman's memoirs and notes from the eastern front.
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/815783.Blood_Red_Snow
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Sajer's book is a good read whatever its flaws might be (and I suspect that they're numerous and non-trivial); and Enemy at the Gates and Beevor's Stalingrad are 2 really good general histories of the infamous battle; so I second all those suggestions. To add to the list I’d recommend Richard Overy’s Russia's War: A History of the Soviet Effort: 1941-1945- for a good study of the war from the Soviet side; and pretty much any book about the Russian Front from Osprey Publishing. The potted histories of the Osprey Campaign Histories are particularly useful, but there are fascinating books relevant to the Russian Front across the company’s ranges.
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US Army pamphlet 20-269: Small Unit Actions During The German Campaign In Russia

You can read it for free online, and it might give you a few good ideas for your next game ASL game
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Tigers in the mud by Otto Carius is well worth a read. A German panzer commanders view.
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