Boy Soldier: A German Teenager at the Nazi Twilight by Gerhardt B. Thamm

By Gerhardt B. Thamm

“As a 15-year-old boy I fought in brief in a conflict. My struggle was once neither noble nor heroic. I observed the horrors that no 15-year-old boy may still ever see. I got here into warfare merely by way of happenstance, and survived it in basic terms by way of luck.”
Gerhardt B. Thamm grew up on his grandfather’s farm in reduce Silesia, the hinterlands of Germany. In early 1945 this land, close to the Czechoslovakian and varnish borders, grew to become a battleground. The Soviets captured decrease Silesia in February, and Thamm, like a lot of his Hitler formative years highschool classmates, was once conscripted to struggle at the jap entrance till the previous couple of days of global conflict II, experiencing firsthand fearsome barbarity and atrocity. Thamm’s relatives used to be deported from Silesia in 1946 to West Germany. Gerhardt Thamm arrived within the usa in 1948. The 17-year-old Thamm joined the U.S. military an analogous 12 months and served greater than two decades as an enlisted man.
“Maybe, simply possibly, I fought during this struggle to flee the barbarity. perhaps I wrote this booklet to nonetheless the memories.”

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