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Joseph F. Askew from Beaconsfield wrote on 21/05/2020 at 01:08:
I had just entered my teens and my dads friend, who worked for Corgi Books gave me a copy of 'BlitzFreeze'. I devoured it! The dark 'gallows' humour that prevailed through out that and the rest of his books kept me entertained for the next few years. The horrors of warfare, the whole Nazi set up and the sheer brutality of survival in some of the theaters of war led me to investigate them personally as I grew up (Casino, Paris, Torgau, Berlin etc), . OK some say it was fiction, but speaking with a now dwindling group of survivors from that era, a number recount the horrors of battle, very similar to what was written. Yes I was sad when a character was killed off, disappointed when one was not. I tend to revisit the books every 8-10 years, just to remind me how brutal war can be. R.I.P and thank you.
I had just entered my teens and my dads friend, who worked for Corgi Books gave me a copy of 'BlitzFreeze'. I devoured it! The dark 'gallows' humour that prevailed through out that and the rest of his books kept me entertained for the next few years. The horrors of warfare, the whole Nazi set up and the sheer brutality of survival in some of the theaters of war led me to investigate them personally as I grew up (Casino, Paris, Torgau, Berlin etc), . OK some say it was fiction, but speaking with a now dwindling group of survivors from that era, a number recount the horrors of battle, very similar to what was written. Yes I was sad when a character was killed off, disappointed when one was not. I tend to revisit the books every 8-10 years, just to remind me how brutal war can be. R.I.P and thank you.
David Rico from Madrid wrote on 11/05/2020 at 15:03:
Thank you Sven. Your books are a relevant part of the background of my mind. I appreciate so much your work. Rest in peace camerade. Kind regards to all the Sven's lovers.
Thank you Sven. Your books are a relevant part of the background of my mind. I appreciate so much your work. Rest in peace camerade. Kind regards to all the Sven's lovers.
Mark from London wrote on 06/05/2020 at 21:22:
Read every book at least twice over from a boy through to my military service. Helped me get through many a lonely night on guard duty. I don't think there was a barracks in the British Army you wouldn't find one of Sven's books........
Read every book at least twice over from a boy through to my military service. Helped me get through many a lonely night on guard duty. I don't think there was a barracks in the British Army you wouldn't find one of Sven's books........
Gary Malcolm wrote on 27/04/2020 at 17:19:
The Sven Hassel books helped me get through a bike accident in which I lost my leg . I got totally immersed in the book series and read each one. I was on Facebook one day and founds notice a bit back thatSven Hassel had died And was absolutely amazed that they were real people and not a work of fiction as I would have loved to have thanked him for helping through his work to get me through the worst part of my life and if possible I would be so happy to convey in some way my thanks and gratitude to the rest of the bunch inc Old Man. Porta. Tiny. Legionnaire. Heide. Barcelona-Blom. Gregor Martin. Wolf. Thanks & kind regards Gary
The Sven Hassel books helped me get through a bike accident in which I lost my leg . I got totally immersed in the book series and read each one. I was on Facebook one day and founds notice a bit back thatSven Hassel had died And was absolutely amazed that they were real people and not a work of fiction as I would have loved to have thanked him for helping through his work to get me through the worst part of my life and if possible I would be so happy to convey in some way my thanks and gratitude to the rest of the bunch inc Old Man. Porta. Tiny. Legionnaire. Heide. Barcelona-Blom. Gregor Martin. Wolf. Thanks & kind regards Gary
Graeme Fairclough from Sunderland wrote on 03/04/2020 at 00:22:
I started reading Sven’s books when I was 15 having a cheeky smoke in the shed- the first I read was A Bloody Road to Death. I was hooked and searched bookstores and car boot sales until I had the whole collection. I am 41 now and downloaded them on my kindle to read again. An awesome collection. I have a German Shepard who I named Sven. People often ask me, why did you name your dog after the football manager..... I DON’T THINK SO. RIP Sven and thank you.
I started reading Sven’s books when I was 15 having a cheeky smoke in the shed- the first I read was A Bloody Road to Death. I was hooked and searched bookstores and car boot sales until I had the whole collection. I am 41 now and downloaded them on my kindle to read again. An awesome collection. I have a German Shepard who I named Sven. People often ask me, why did you name your dog after the football manager..... I DON’T THINK SO. RIP Sven and thank you.
james fear from nottingham wrote on 21/03/2020 at 20:35:
As a 15 year old i well remember finishing legion of the damned with a lump in my throat, i very quickly devoured all the others published at that time, i'm now 65, iv'e no time for the numpties who prattle on about whether Sven really did this or that, the works are as He clearly said fiction based on fact' the books made me smile, laugh and almost cry, ( not many writers can do that ) the man was in my humble opinion brilliant at what he did, thank you Sven R.I.P.
As a 15 year old i well remember finishing legion of the damned with a lump in my throat, i very quickly devoured all the others published at that time, i'm now 65, iv'e no time for the numpties who prattle on about whether Sven really did this or that, the works are as He clearly said fiction based on fact' the books made me smile, laugh and almost cry, ( not many writers can do that ) the man was in my humble opinion brilliant at what he did, thank you Sven R.I.P.
John Divver from London wrote on 26/02/2020 at 23:50:
Thanks for keeping me entertained from 1980 to around 1985..... I absolutely loved those books.
Thanks for keeping me entertained from 1980 to around 1985..... I absolutely loved those books.
Jamie Cross from Near Newmarket, Suffolk wrote on 13/02/2020 at 19:06:
As a Ex Soldier, Medal Dealer and collector, the books of Sven Hassel have had a big effect on my life, The truth about war, Politics and people can be found in these pages from, any of his books, As a Medal dealer I have seen the awards that he describes within the books, and have a greater respect for the awards won by men who did there best in the worst of times, My site www.thirdreichmedals.com show many of these awards , medals and badges, so if you want to learn more about them or even own an Iron Cross please drop by my web site- .
As a Ex Soldier, Medal Dealer and collector, the books of Sven Hassel have had a big effect on my life, The truth about war, Politics and people can be found in these pages from, any of his books, As a Medal dealer I have seen the awards that he describes within the books, and have a greater respect for the awards won by men who did there best in the worst of times, My site www.thirdreichmedals.com show many of these awards , medals and badges, so if you want to learn more about them or even own an Iron Cross please drop by my web site- .
Marco from Manchester wrote on 27/11/2019 at 23:03:
I read Legion of the Damned and Wheels of Terror in the early 1970s whilst at boarding school in a bleak part of the UK. They were passed around from boy to boy and then back again. Such a terrific writer, funny, compassionate, and at the same time horrifying. I really should read them all again.
I read Legion of the Damned and Wheels of Terror in the early 1970s whilst at boarding school in a bleak part of the UK. They were passed around from boy to boy and then back again. Such a terrific writer, funny, compassionate, and at the same time horrifying. I really should read them all again.
Dale Harding from Newcastle, Australia wrote on 11/11/2019 at 14:10:
As a child, I witnessed my brothers and uncle reading Sven Hassel novels. I wasn't allowed to read them until I was, maybe 13? I was engrossed immediately and read every novel I could find. They bring home the bloody, horrifying truths of war. Too many novels and movies glorify war. To this day, every time I go into a second hand book store, I ask for Sven Hassel or the WWII section.
As a child, I witnessed my brothers and uncle reading Sven Hassel novels. I wasn't allowed to read them until I was, maybe 13? I was engrossed immediately and read every novel I could find. They bring home the bloody, horrifying truths of war. Too many novels and movies glorify war. To this day, every time I go into a second hand book store, I ask for Sven Hassel or the WWII section.
Alan from Auckland wrote on 04/09/2019 at 07:47:
I do have all his books then. First read them when I was about 14 and decided 40 years later to get his entire collection.
I do have all his books then. First read them when I was about 14 and decided 40 years later to get his entire collection.
Dave Meacock from Rhosymadoc Wales UK wrote on 05/08/2019 at 12:08:
I first read Legion of the Damned in 1970 as it was virtually obligatory reading for every member of the British Army Of the Rhine with copies of several of your fathers' books in every room in the barracks. I am about to read it again 50 yrs on and care little whether the story is true or fictional as now like then it is a bloody good read.
I first read Legion of the Damned in 1970 as it was virtually obligatory reading for every member of the British Army Of the Rhine with copies of several of your fathers' books in every room in the barracks. I am about to read it again 50 yrs on and care little whether the story is true or fictional as now like then it is a bloody good read.
Mark from South Africa wrote on 26/06/2019 at 13:26:
Thanks to Sven Hassel for his books, and to his family for keeping his legacy alive. I first read Blitzfreeze in 1978, as a young grade 10 school-boy, and together with all of my friends eagerly read each of his novels as they became available. Having served in the military and in combat in the Angolan bush-war in 1980's, I learnt first hand how memories blur, when one's first instinct is to try to stay alive , and how important your comrades are to you. Fights might break out over minor things, but you are always willing to share your toothbrush, razor and even underpants with your comrades. We were always hungry, and drank all alcohol that we could get our hands on. Reading about another young man, who also had to endure horrible things, but survived, and went on to live a full life, was a great inspiration to me personally. I will always be grateful that he had the courage to write about his experiences, and only wish that he could have known how his stories would help another generation of young men on the other side of the world to recover from the madness of war.
Thanks to Sven Hassel for his books, and to his family for keeping his legacy alive. I first read Blitzfreeze in 1978, as a young grade 10 school-boy, and together with all of my friends eagerly read each of his novels as they became available. Having served in the military and in combat in the Angolan bush-war in 1980's, I learnt first hand how memories blur, when one's first instinct is to try to stay alive , and how important your comrades are to you. Fights might break out over minor things, but you are always willing to share your toothbrush, razor and even underpants with your comrades. We were always hungry, and drank all alcohol that we could get our hands on. Reading about another young man, who also had to endure horrible things, but survived, and went on to live a full life, was a great inspiration to me personally. I will always be grateful that he had the courage to write about his experiences, and only wish that he could have known how his stories would help another generation of young men on the other side of the world to recover from the madness of war.
Ufuk SIRIM from MERSIN TURKEY wrote on 23/05/2019 at 19:34:
best writer I have ever read. I am reading over and over for years.
best writer I have ever read. I am reading over and over for years.
Dougie Quinn from Aberdeen wrote on 10/05/2019 at 13:58:
I've always enjoyed reading Sven's books and I continue to read them again and again when I get fed up with newer authors.
I've always enjoyed reading Sven's books and I continue to read them again and again when I get fed up with newer authors.
Paul Fogerty from Worthing wrote on 27/03/2019 at 20:43:
Just returned to read the series again after 40 years. I am close to finishing Legion of The Damned and am being drawn in again.
Just returned to read the series again after 40 years. I am close to finishing Legion of The Damned and am being drawn in again.
Gary from Buckley UK wrote on 16/03/2019 at 14:03:
Like many I read svens books when I was very young, I still read them now many years later. Even today they still have relevance and put life in perspective. Thanks Sven.
Like many I read svens books when I was very young, I still read them now many years later. Even today they still have relevance and put life in perspective. Thanks Sven.
Mikko from Kuopio wrote on 06/03/2019 at 19:23:
I remember buying my first book form a car boot sale when I was about 14 in 1988, I cannot remember the name of the book but it must have made an impact because I kept on returning to the car boot sale every week to try to find more. I have returned to Sven again as I am older, and I find that the characters are people I want to revisit in our times. Even though the background is a horror war, which is fading from human memory, the characters will always keep it from being just mere history, we the reader are wrapped up in their lives. Maybe nowadays with our modern media, we forget that everyone who dies is a character, who should have their own book.
I remember buying my first book form a car boot sale when I was about 14 in 1988, I cannot remember the name of the book but it must have made an impact because I kept on returning to the car boot sale every week to try to find more. I have returned to Sven again as I am older, and I find that the characters are people I want to revisit in our times. Even though the background is a horror war, which is fading from human memory, the characters will always keep it from being just mere history, we the reader are wrapped up in their lives. Maybe nowadays with our modern media, we forget that everyone who dies is a character, who should have their own book.
Paul wrote on 22/02/2019 at 04:09:
Love the series , read it many times. Buying them up again for another round. The last in the series the glorious defeat, when is it released RIP Sven Answer: So far in Norwegian, Danish and Finnish
Love the series , read it many times. Buying them up again for another round. The last in the series the glorious defeat, when is it released RIP Sven Answer: So far in Norwegian, Danish and Finnish
Utkan wrote on 16/01/2019 at 17:58:
ello,i am a really big fan of sven hassel.Just finished ss general and its my 5th svens hassel book in this month.I love him,but i am furious there is general called Paul Augsberg in \"Ss general\" book.When i search him,there is no person called it.Is these names fiction ?Why i cant find him ? And also is barcelona blooms name is his real name ? And.....Sorry too many questions .I want to buy svens book about berlin defence.Is it possible ? I know he did not finish the book,but it will definetly worth it.Even i will die wondering the end of the book.Thanks. Answer: Sven´s books are novels not historical book, but based on his experience in WWII, and therefore part is fiction. The only 50 pages of the last novel is available so far only in Danish, Finnish and Norwegian.
ello,i am a really big fan of sven hassel.Just finished ss general and its my 5th svens hassel book in this month.I love him,but i am furious there is general called Paul Augsberg in \"Ss general\" book.When i search him,there is no person called it.Is these names fiction ?Why i cant find him ? And also is barcelona blooms name is his real name ? And.....Sorry too many questions .I want to buy svens book about berlin defence.Is it possible ? I know he did not finish the book,but it will definetly worth it.Even i will die wondering the end of the book.Thanks. Answer: Sven´s books are novels not historical book, but based on his experience in WWII, and therefore part is fiction. The only 50 pages of the last novel is available so far only in Danish, Finnish and Norwegian.

 

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