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From the fight for survival against the ferocious Red Army and the icy, shell-ravaged wastes of the vicious Russian winter, to the bloodiest battles on the Eastern Front, Sven Hassel's gripping novels are based on his own experiences in the German army. Convicted of deserting the German army, Sven Hassel was sent to a punishment regiment on the Russian Front. He and his co From the fight for survival against the ferocious Red Army and the icy, shell-ravaged wastes of the vicious Russian winter, to the bloodiest battles on the Eastern Front, Sven Hassel's gripping novels are based on his own experiences in the German army. Convicted of deserting the German army, Sven Hassel was sent to a punishment regiment on the Russian Front. He and his comrades were regarded as little more than dispensable killing-machines, cannon fodder for Hitler's war. His unflinching narrative takes us to the most extreme outposts of war, where soldiers face an inferno of blood and butchery. THE SVEN HASSEL COLLECTION includes all 14 books in Sven Hassel's series and exclusive extra material.


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From the fight for survival against the ferocious Red Army and the icy, shell-ravaged wastes of the vicious Russian winter, to the bloodiest battles on the Eastern Front, Sven Hassel's gripping novels are based on his own experiences in the German army. Convicted of deserting the German army, Sven Hassel was sent to a punishment regiment on the Russian Front. He and his co From the fight for survival against the ferocious Red Army and the icy, shell-ravaged wastes of the vicious Russian winter, to the bloodiest battles on the Eastern Front, Sven Hassel's gripping novels are based on his own experiences in the German army. Convicted of deserting the German army, Sven Hassel was sent to a punishment regiment on the Russian Front. He and his comrades were regarded as little more than dispensable killing-machines, cannon fodder for Hitler's war. His unflinching narrative takes us to the most extreme outposts of war, where soldiers face an inferno of blood and butchery. THE SVEN HASSEL COLLECTION includes all 14 books in Sven Hassel's series and exclusive extra material.

30 review for The Sven Hassel Collection

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andrei

    I read his books when I was a teenager, they made quite a sensation in Romania after initial publish. I went for it by curiosity, hearing that his stories were merely true and him being a WW2 war veteran. It is also interesting to heat things from the defeated perspective. The books are all easy reads, full of funny facts as well as was facts. Beware of the slang language, but isn't it just part of the army? Sven Hassel is not at all some great writer, but he manages to deliver in quite a decen I read his books when I was a teenager, they made quite a sensation in Romania after initial publish. I went for it by curiosity, hearing that his stories were merely true and him being a WW2 war veteran. It is also interesting to heat things from the defeated perspective. The books are all easy reads, full of funny facts as well as was facts. Beware of the slang language, but isn't it just part of the army? Sven Hassel is not at all some great writer, but he manages to deliver in quite a decent manner the story of his life and believe me... he has quite a story. I suspect that not all the facts wrtten might have been true, some could have been augmented to fit the story, but nevertheless it is entertaining, at least was for me at that time. That's why I am giving it 5 stars, but do not expect some philosophical thoughts or mesmerising descriptions in there, the guy was just a soldier who survived to tell the story.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Vlad Popa

    The first time I read this books I was a teenager. It's all about action, but it's also a very good exemplification of the absurdity and futility of war. I just had to read them all, one after the other. The literary part shouldn't be your main focus, but the depiction of people's characters and their reaction under extreme pressure is very realistic. I believe the dryness of the style contributes to the atmosphere. War is not about glory, but about the people who lived and died in it, their stre The first time I read this books I was a teenager. It's all about action, but it's also a very good exemplification of the absurdity and futility of war. I just had to read them all, one after the other. The literary part shouldn't be your main focus, but the depiction of people's characters and their reaction under extreme pressure is very realistic. I believe the dryness of the style contributes to the atmosphere. War is not about glory, but about the people who lived and died in it, their strengths and weaknesses; real people, not heroes. You won't find great words, but common language; heroes didn't fought the war, old men, young men and teenagers fought it. But the book isn't just about tragedy, from time to time, you will find yourself laughing out loud as Sven talks about the war years, the years of his lost youth.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Zoran Cickaj

    You can hate Sven, you can love Sven, you can question his credibility or you can just sit and enjoy one of the funniest, grittiest, saddest novels in the history of books. How many times his characters made me laugh, angry, sad and sometimes even cry. His books shouldn´t be missed, his books in my opinion are masterpieces.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bogdan

    All are good bokes ,but i prefer monte casino, Loke up order before you start to read the colletion

  5. 4 out of 5

    Paramjit Singh

    I am a massive fan of the collection as I read them voraciously in my teenage years and many times since then. The characters had special appeal to me, a number of misfits who hated Hitler and the war but were forced to fight for their survival. The author pulls no punches when he describes the atrocities committed by both sides in the cauldron of the Eastern Front. I still have the paperbacks from all those years ago and am replacing them with the hardbacks

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ionut Catalin

    Simply amazing series... If ww2 is your thing, you should read this series...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Grigore Andrei

    An amazing series of books that is half fiction-half real events that will always keep you interesting.The characters are likeable and really makes you interested in them,as they all have really different personalities.Also this book has the best dark humour moments i have ever read in my life.But also mind,some of the scenes depicted in the book are really graphic,but i liked that as well because it really gives you a feel of how brutal the war was,and what all the people that fought in it went An amazing series of books that is half fiction-half real events that will always keep you interesting.The characters are likeable and really makes you interested in them,as they all have really different personalities.Also this book has the best dark humour moments i have ever read in my life.But also mind,some of the scenes depicted in the book are really graphic,but i liked that as well because it really gives you a feel of how brutal the war was,and what all the people that fought in it went trough.All in all,i recommend all 14 of the books,as they are all amazing !

  8. 5 out of 5

    Valentin Ion

  9. 5 out of 5

    David Tarara

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bito Giorgio

  11. 5 out of 5

    jane donnelly

  12. 5 out of 5

    Phillip Murphy

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cristi Chebac

  14. 5 out of 5

    RafyBuliga

  15. 4 out of 5

    Paul Bearman

  16. 5 out of 5

    Magda

  17. 4 out of 5

    Filip

  18. 4 out of 5

    Torben Hansen

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marculescu

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gabriel

  21. 4 out of 5

    Peeks

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alex Rosu

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cipri

  24. 5 out of 5

    Iasmina Mia

  25. 5 out of 5

    Iuliana Pavalan

  26. 4 out of 5

    Pamintas Oana

  27. 5 out of 5

    Daryl Morris

  28. 5 out of 5

    Florin Baltaru

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nosner Christian

  30. 5 out of 5

    Vlad

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