Sven Hassel’s novels offered such a refreshing aspect of the war and are so mesmerising because the stories are raw and without any pretence at decency. He took us on an exciting journey with the men of the 5th Company 27th (Penal) Battalion as they swaggered across Europe with the ever present and dangerous T-34s nipping at their heels!
I read my 1st Sven Hassel book when i was a teenager(having bought it for my brother) my dad and i read them all wonderful times...i would have to read it out aloud to my husband...great stuff...and my cat lovely cat is called Sven..
i served in the british army during the seventies, stationed in germany, in munster, and used the same training grounds as sven,paderborn- sennelager.
i and my colleagues felt an affinity with sven and the gang that remains with me today.
i have read all his books and loved them all.