Jungvolk: The Story of a Boy Defending Hitler's Reich

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This is the wartime memoir of a young boy named Will, who happened to be the nephew of Reinhard Gehlen, the head of Nazi Germany's intelligence agency, Foreign Armies East. After reading this book, however, the reader will wonder who had the most eventful time in World War II, the famous intelligence chief or his little nephew in a small town near the Westwall. Will Gehlen's father, a trolley driver, was drafted into the Wehrmacht to man a Sturmgeschutz assault gun in Russia. His older brother, Len, was enlisted in the Hitlerjugend. The author, only 10 years old when the war began, became a helper at the local Luftwaffe flak battery, fetching ammunition for a quad 40mm gun, while a nearby 88mm battery pounded away. The 88s targeted Allied bombers, with no shortage of success, while the smaller gun fended off fighters trying to destroy the AAA emplacement. It was exciting work for young Will (officially a member of the"Jungvolk") and by the end of the war he had become expert at judging attacks. As fighter raids increased in frequency he noted that the pilots became less skilled, at one point four Thunderbolts flying in a string, one after another, allowing the quad 40 to easily line up its sights. Aside from aircraft kills, Will Gehlen had other adventures during the war, as when his mother dragged him along to visit his aunt in Luxembourg in late autumn 1944. Crossing the lines they didn't find the aunt but met American troops, and became caught up in the fight when the German Army launched a huge offensive, overrunning the village and forcing the US soldiers to retreat with casualties. Mother and son making their way back to Germany was even more perilous, until they discovered that the most secure vehicles in the Reich were mail trucks. No one, not even the SS, tried to interfere with their progress. Gehlen's town was repeatedly battered by bombers and he often had to help with the wreckage or to pull survivors from basements. He witnessed more death than a child should ever see; nevertheless, his flak battery continued firing until US tanks were almost on top of the position. In this book Gehlen, looking back on his unique childhood, provides an intimate glimpse of the chaos, horror and, strangely enough, black humour of life just behind the front lines of Germany in World War II. As seen through the eyes of a child who never knew normality, but was expert in aircraft identification and bomb weights, food-rationing and tank types, one encounters a view of life inside Hitler's wartime Reich that is both fascinating and rare.

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Wilhelm Reinhard Gehlen was one of the thousands of children who were brought up in the 12 year Reich and like all children; he was called up to the Jungvolk and Hitler youth. His childhood was therefore entirely tailored by the National Socialist doctrine. Every child had an education that was watched over by the Party. He attended the Volks School (the Herbert Norkus School) until September, 1944 when lessons were stopped because of the nearing western front. His formal education was resumed in July 1945, after the war, with a new crop of teachers that had been de- nazified by the allied military authority. He left school in 1948 to learn to be an electrician, but the rebuilding program in Germany was not up to full steam at the time and money was scarce. To find something to earn a living, he joined the Foreign Legion and served in Indochina (Annam-Tonkin) and North Africa. After his discharge in 1959, he worked a short while for the International War Grave Commission of NATO, and retired in 1983. He now lives in the Smokey Mountains Area of Eastern Tennessee.

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ISBN 10: 1932033874 ISBN 13: 9781932033878
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Descripción Casemate Books, 2008. Hardcover. Condición: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. 1st Edition. A pristine new unread and unmarked book and D,J. This is the wartime memoir of a boy named Will, who happened to be the nephew of the head of Nazi Germany s intelligence agency, Foreign Armies East. After reading this book, the reader will wonder who had the most exciting time during World War II.Will Gehlen s father, a trolley driver, was drafted into the Wehrmacht to man a Sturmgeschutz assault gun in Russia. His older brother, Len, was enlisted in the Hitlerjugend. The author, only 10 years old when the war began, became a helper at the local Luftwaffe flak battery, fetching ammunition. It was exciting work for Will (a member of the Jungvolk ) and by the end of the war he had become expert at judging attacks. As fighter raids increased in frequency he noted that the pilots became less skilled.Aside from aircraft kills, Gehlen had other adventures during the war, as when his mother dragged him to visit his aunt in Luxembourg in 1944. Crossing the lines they found no aunt but met American troops, and were surprised when the German Army launched an offensive, overrunning the village and forcing US soldiers to retreat with casualties. Making their way back to Germany was even more perilous, until they discovered the most secure vehicles were mail trucks. No one, not even the SS, tried to interfere with their progress.Gehlen s town was repeatedly bombed and he often had to help with the wreckage or to pull survivors from basements. He witnessed more death than a child ever should; nevertheless, his flak battery continued firing until US tanks were almost on top of the position. In this book Gehlen, provides an intimate glimpse of the chaos, horror and black humor of life just behind the front lines. As seen through the eyes of a child, who was expert in aircraft identification and bomb weights, food-rationing and tank types, one encounters a view of life inside Hitler s wartime Reich that is both fascinating and rare.REVIEWS There are no OOB s, weapon specifications, or other hard details of battles and strategy. But what you have is a readable home front account on the German side. And that s not something you find every day. 5/2008 An extraordinary account of a young boy caught up in the middle of a war Frank and even funny at times utterly absorbing Heartily recommended for anyone wanting to know what life was for ordinary people in Hitler s Third Reich, but also for students of history and people who are simply interested in other people s lives. Books Monthly (UK), 7/2008 a real gem, a quiet tour de force. It s very hard to accurately recapture how it feels to be 10 years old again but the author has more than succeeded in doing this we are given a window into home front Germany that is unique in it s perspective. Despite its serious subject matter the book reads as an adventure story from start to finish and I can honestly say I did not want it to end If you buy one book this year make it this one. Miitary Modelingl, 6/2008 a very good read and describes a part of the Second World War that is not often delved into; usually civilians are merely identified as victims or statistics. This book gives them their humanity back. Play , 07/2008 In his first effort, Gehlen, born in 1933 Germany, provides a firsthand look behind Axis lines. . . . Too young for the Hitler Youth (though his big brother attends every meeting), Gehlen s account [focuses] mostly on his home-life: the trials of his overworked mother, the deployment of his father, and the companionship of a Nazi platoon operating weaponry in the fields near his home. Eventually, Gehlen becomes a messenger for the field fighters during multiple attacks, and he recounts intriguing conversations with Nazis, Nazi sympathizers, and Allied soldiers. . . . The memories Gehlen shares are . . . remarkable for the child s perspective they bring to bear on a warring country s ferocious struggle. Nº de ref. del artículo: 001041

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