At Leningrad's Gates: The Combat Memoirs of a Soldier with Army Group North

At Leningrad's Gates: The Combat Memoirs of a Soldier with Army Group North

William Lubbeck


This is the awesome tale of a German soldier who fought all through global battle II, emerging from conscript deepest to captain of a heavy guns corporation at the japanese entrance.

William Lubbeck, age 19, used to be drafted into the Wehrmacht in August 1939. As a member of the 58th Infantry department, he acquired his baptism of fireplace through the 1940 invasion of France. the next spring his department served at the left flank of military staff North in Operation Barbarossa. After grueling marches amidst numerous Russian our bodies, burnt-out cars, and loads of cheering Baltic civilians, Lubbeck's unit entered the outskirts of Leningrad, making the inner most penetration of any German formation.

The Germans suffered brutal hardships the subsequent iciness as they fought either Russian counterattacks and the brutal chilly. The 58th department was once thrown from side to side around the entrance of military workforce North, from Novgorod to Demyansk, at one element combating again Russian assaults at the ice of Lake Ilmen. Returning to the outskirts of Leningrad, the 58th was once positioned in help of the Spanish "Blue" department. family among the allied formations soured at one aspect while the Spaniards used a Russian bathtub apartment for aim perform, no longer knowing that Germans have been stress-free inside of.

A soldier who hottest to be on the subject of the motion, Lubbeck served as ahead observer for his corporation, dueling with Russian snipers, partisans and full-scale attacks alike. His concerns weren't restrained to his personal protection; besides the fact that, as information arrived of mess ups in Germany, together with the destruction of Hamburg the place his female friend served as a military nurse.

In September 1943, Lubbeck earned the Iron move top quality and used to be assigned to officials' education tuition in Dresden. by the point he lower back to Russia, military crew North used to be in full-scale retreat. Now commanding his former heavy guns corporation, Lubbeck alternated sharp counterattacks with inexorable withdrawal, from Riga to Memel at the Baltic. In April 1945 Lubbeck's corporation grew to become stalled in a traffic congestion and used to be approximately obliterated through a Russian barrage by way of air attacks.

In the final chaotic scramble from East Prussia, Lubbeck was once in a position to evacuate on a newly minted German destroyer. He recounts how the send arrived within the British region off Denmark with all weapons blazing opposed to pursuing Russians. the subsequent morning, may perhaps eight, 1945, he realized that the struggle used to be over.

After his unlock from British captivity, Lubbeck married his sweetheart, Anneliese, and in 1949 immigrated to the U.S. the place he raised a profitable family members. With the help of David B. damage, he has drawn on his wartime notes and letters, Soldatbuch, regimental background and private stories to recount his 4 years of frontline adventure. Containing infrequent firsthand bills of either triumph and catastrophe, At Leningrad's Gates offers a desirable glimpse into the truth of strive against at the japanese Front.

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