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  • Pruitt
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    I first found one when I was a teenager in a Pak a Sak Paperback rack in the late 60s. I ordered the series from a place in Arkansas in the 80s when I was laid up and had time to read. The store had the Corgi editions.

    I like the books, but don't expect a lot of accuracy. It could have been the translation from German to English, but I don't buy into things like 88mm cannons on Panthers! Several characters have to be different guys over time. Example, although Big 'Un and Tiny were in one story together, Tiny becomes the Big 'Un after a while.

    Favorite passage? When Tiny comes in and claims he had just urinated on an electric fence! Preposterous, but in character!. Tiny seems to lose too many fingers in the stories. I think it must be a bad translation. Favorite characters? Porta and the Legionnaire!

    Pruitt

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  • Psycho
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    Originally posted by panzermacher
    Yeha I have seen that rumour too. I believe this pic was the real McCoy cuz one of his haters pinted out it Was Sven and he was in a "Danish unit of the Waffen SS, cuz he was wearing the dreaded Totenkopf" LOL it was funny! I think his chief Hater is a man named Erik Haest also from Denmark, He had a site up that done nothing but trash Sven and anyone who read the book series.
    Yep that's the dude.

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  • panzermacher
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    Yeha I have seen that rumour too. I believe this pic was the real McCoy cuz one of his haters pinted out it Was Sven and he was in a "Danish unit of the Waffen SS, cuz he was wearing the dreaded Totenkopf" LOL it was funny! I think his chief Hater is a man named Erik Haest also from Denmark, He had a site up that done nothing but trash Sven and anyone who read the book series.

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  • Psycho
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    Originally posted by panzermacher
    I agree but i seen a picture of Sven and he is in a regular Wehrmacht tankers uniform. I think he was afraid to use Waffen SS back when most of these books were wrote due to the stigma around the SS at the time Peolpe didnt understand the difference between SS and Waffen SS. But nowadays he'd have made a fortune! Yeah I seriously doubt they had Tigers too LOL
    According to some of his haters that is actually a pic of his son.

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  • panzermacher
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    I agree but i seen a picture of Sven and he is in a regular Wehrmacht tankers uniform. I think he was afraid to use Waffen SS back when most of these books were wrote due to the stigma around the SS at the time Peolpe didnt understand the difference between SS and Waffen SS. But nowadays he'd have made a fortune! Yeah I seriously doubt they had Tigers too LOL

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  • Psycho
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    Originally posted by panzermacher
    Heres my theory on Svens books. A lot of the events happened and some of them he may have actually been at, but alot he has taken quite a few liberties with. If any of his 14 books are autobiograhical and nonfiction it would be Legion of the Damned. And Most of his Characters were real people and some are still alive today I think he changed alot of names to protect them from backlash (Some of the things they did could be considered war crimes) IE Obgftr Porta dies in 1943 in Russia but we see him in books form later times A few other characters have passed on in one book to be resurrected in others or some simply vanish!
    To me it seems that the first three books cover the war and they were extremely successful. Because of that they decided to write more books and go into more detail on the big battles/campaigns.

    There was no way a penal unit would get tanks much less Tigers. Some have speculated that maybe he was in the Waffen SS but didn't want to give the wrong impression so he said he was forced to fight in a penal unit. Anything about the Waffen SS sells pretty well in the US so he might have made more money if he had gone with that angle. The Leo Kessler Waffen SS books sell very well over here.

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  • panzermacher
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    PS srry my typing stinks it HAS been a long day!

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  • panzermacher
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    Heres my theory on Svens books. A lot of the events happened and some of them he may have actually been at, but alot he has taken quite a few liberties with. If any of his 14 books are autobiograhical and nonfiction it would be Legion of the Damned. And Most of his Characters were real people and some are still alive today I think he changed alot of names to protect them from backlash (Some of the things they did could be considered war crimes) IE Obgftr Porta dies in 1943 in Russia but we see him in books form later times A few other characters have passed on in one book to be resurrected in others or some simply vanish!

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  • Psycho
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    Originally posted by fatih
    Sorry, forgot to give the link.

    http://www.svenhassel.info/
    That's the one I figured you meant. Only real Hassel site I know of. When I found it back about 1999 we traded messages many times a day. Now there are rarely any messages coming out.

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  • fatih
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    Originally posted by Psycho
    What site are you talking about?
    Sorry, forgot to give the link.

    http://www.svenhassel.info/

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  • Psycho
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    Originally posted by fatih
    I have read them without any order.
    My favourite ones are March Batallion and Wheels of Terror.

    Here is a nice site on series.

    Best Regards
    Fatih
    What site are you talking about?

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  • Psycho
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    Originally posted by General Staff
    Lordy, takes me back many years- 70s? IIRC, SS General was the one when they got out of Stalingrad. That was good. I like'd them all actually- they seemed natural successors to UK comic books only you couldn't fit them into hymn books at Sunday services... Shame...
    Yep that was in Stalingrad while March Battalion takes place outside the pocket during the same time period. I still don't understand how some of those dudes on that Sven Hassel site believe the books aren't fiction (at least most of them if not all).

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  • Psycho
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    Originally posted by Wolfe Tone
    I only ever read one Monte Cassino which was pretty good. They seemed to be all the rage in the mid '70's but didn't see/hear much about them after that.
    He was apparently huge in Europe from the late 50s thru the early to mid 80s. They just reprinted 4 books in 2003 and another 4 in 2004 but have decided not to reprint the last 6 for some reason.

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  • fatih
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    I have read them without any order.
    My favourite ones are March Batallion and Wheels of Terror.

    Here is a nice site on series.

    Best Regards
    Fatih

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  • General Staff
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    Originally posted by Wolfe Tone
    You !
    Errr... Sorry, and wouldn't want to jump the gun (so to speak (and very nervously)), but maybe while you're at it can you put the lads out of their misery over at:

    http://www.armchairgeneral.com/forum...=24972&page=79
    Last edited by General Staff; 25 Apr 06, 17:58.

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