He is graphic, at times brilliantly so, but never brutal or bitter. Convicted of deserting the German army, Sven Hassel is sent to a penal regiment on the Russian Front. He and his comrades are regarded as expendable, cannon fodder in the battle against the implacable Red Army. Outnumbered and outgunned, they fight their way across the frozen steppe
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Sven Hassel, whose fact-based tales of Second World Warfare have sold millions, has created another horrific war novel, this time set on the deadly Russian front. The Commissar had the biggest secret of the Russian war: 30 million dollars of Soviet gold hidden behind Russian lines and Porta was determined to make sure his band of prison soldiers got their share.
They were Sven Hassel, whose fact-based tales of Second World Warfare have sold millions, has created another horrific war novel, this time set on the deadly Russian front. They were all prepared to slag through the ice and blood of the Soviet lines, fight like animals, and kill or be killed. The lure of this wealth, the promises of the Commissar, were enough to carry them into the bloodiest battles of the Russian war. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published June 3rd by Cassell first published January 1st More Details Original Title.
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Start your review of The Commissar. Jan 23, John rated it really liked it Shelves: military-war , childrens-or-read-as-a-kid. Porta and our favourites do their best to find the hidden 30 million dollars of Soviet gold from behind Russian lines.
As usual they suffer through the terror of the Russian campaign as they hunt for the gold. Sven Hassel again manages to portray the horrors of the Russian front and sprinkle it with humour.
Yet again we go on an adventure with Sven, Tiny, Porta, the Legionaire etc as they once more get dragged into Porta's latest scam. A far easier read than many of Hassel's books. Jul 21, Otto Thebierdude added it. THis is one of the first books that I bought as a lad that was not Sci-fi or fantasy! I have re-read it loads just love being one of the lads in this group of missfits!! Sep 19, Anna rated it liked it Shelves: sven-hassel.
Porta, Legionnaire and others fight for survival and hunt the Soviet gold. Stringendo un patto con un commissario politico, la cui moglie rimasta nel territorio occupato ha rivelato il piano, Porta riesce a convincere i suoi amici della sezione a tentare l'ardita mossa, assieme al gruppo di conoscenti del commissario stesso, di recuperare l'enorme tesoro, in barba alla guerra, in barba ai sovietici, a Stalin, ai nazisti, Hitler, l'Armata Rossa e la Wehrmacht.
L'azione vera e propria occupa una parta abbastanza esigua dell'intero scritto. E' lo scritto ultimo, e non proprio il migliore, della serie di Hassel, e in quanto tale l'ultimo "declino" dell'insieme che a mio avviso ha raggiunto l'apice con "Monte Cassino".
Maybe I should not say this but a Mans book from beginning to end. Lots of swearing blood and guts. Compliant women and some not so! Stealing Gold with the help of the Russians and showing the German Army not as robots but as coarse as any one on the Eastern front.
Easy to read and could be converted into a film which a lot of Hassel's legion of the Damned have been. Amazing book love it shows the silliness an how gruesome war was.
Ten out of ten would read again Amazing book love it shows the silliness an how gruesome war was. Ten out of ten would read again. Leste den norske utgaven. Muy floja. De las peores. The Commissar chapter by chapter: 1. Panzer Attack Tank battle. Visit to vodka distillery. Confusion during regimental inspection - the general cannot understand that Albert is black. Tiny and Porta get hold of suckling pigs.
The Fat Leutnant Company sent to "rest" behind front lines. Tiny describes his bike ride through Hamburg.
More recipes from Porta. Trouble with the fat leutnant. Booby t 14th -?? Booby trapped safe. Discussion about religion.
Porta goes hunting for a pig. Vera Konstantinovna Description of the Old Man. Army HQ orders that Albert should be scrubbed white.
Bust up between Albert and Julius Heide. Grave digging duty. Old Man and Barcelona go on leave. Gregor leaves the section to be driver and bodyguard for his famous general again. Porta continues his affair with Vera Konstantinovna The Commissar's wife. Negotiations begin to recover the gold which her husband has hidden. Porta visits Wolf to conclude plans for "Operation Riches". The Burial of Gregor's General Everyone returns from leave.
Gregor returns to the section and tells the story of his general's funeral. Description of the Finnish grenade game. Heide gets a letter from his Gauleiter. Tiny gets a letter from his sister, Emilia Louise. Start of operation behind the Russian lines. Meeting With The Commissar Mission continues. Porta tells the long story of General Rottweiler. First meeting with The Commissar. Everyone has a party to celebrate the Russian Christmas.
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