Book Review: “Radio Operator on the Eastern Front: An Illustrated Memoir, 1940-1949”

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Authors Erhard Steiniger & Anthony Tucker-Jones (http://atuckerjones.com) will publish the book “Radio Operator on the Eastern Front: An Illustrated Memoir, 1940-1949” in 2021 (May 14). Mr. Steiniger has three books to his credit and Mr. Tucker-Jones has a dozen.


I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this book as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of violence. The book follows the life of Erhard Steiniger as he lives through the war years.


Steiniger lived I the German-speaking Sudetenland area of Czechoslovakia. After Germany took over, he was drafted on October 12, 1940. After arriving in the Wermacht he received training as a radio operator. He was assigned to the 151 Infantry Regiment, 61 West Prussian Infantry Division. His primary service was on the Eastern Front ranging over Estonia, Latvia, and Russia.


After capture by Russian troops in 1945, he served as a POW in Russia. In 1949 he was finally allowed to return home. He tells tales of his time in combat and how he survived. He also tells of atrocities he saw carried out by both the Russians and Czechs.


I thoroughly enjoyed the 6+ hours I spent reading this 320-page WWII history. It is primarily a biography of Erhard Steiniger. The book includes several photos of Steiniger and his comrades. It was a little different to read of the war from the Axis point of view. I like the selected cover art. I give this book a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

  • The “World War II Resources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 520 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

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