The Commissarby Sven Hassel Published 03 Jun 2008
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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 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.
"The Commissar" Reviews
one of the best from the series. the first part has its usual content, as the second has a strong resemblance to Jaroslav Hasek's Svejk. Porta and The Little one are somehow adorable in their rough manners and made us forget for some moments that we are reading a serious book. a book which should be translated and given to all the military men the world around. perhaps they would learn something about war...
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.
14th - ?? ???? ????! 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. 2. 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 trapped safe. Discussion about religion. Porta goes hunting for a pig. 3. Vera Konstantinovna Description of the Old Man. Army HQ orders that Albert should be scrubbed white. Bust up between Albert and Julius Heide. Porta cooks Pork Chops � l'Alba. 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". Oberfeldwebel "His Excellency, War Minister" Sally flies to Russia to join the fun. Porta tells the story of Tiny and "Kurt The Nark" in Hamburg. 4. 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. 5. 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. Lots of drinking. 6. The Paritip Trip to pick up the Russian gold continues in icy weather. Description of cold - and Russian remedies. Tiny gets cross and has to be subdued by the Old Man. Porta tells the story of Alois Fresa who was too tired to fuck. Tiny drinks two litres of vodka and tries to take revenge on the old man. Attack by Siberian ski troops. Tiny's escapade to stop them. Description of revine crossing using the Paritip. 7. The Mad OGPU Captain Porta wrecks a Russian village with his tank. Mad OGPU captain makes a last stand. Everyone eats lots of Bortsch-kvop. Porta fills the tank with supplies. 8. The Vladimir Prison Raid on prison using gas. Porta's attempts at safe-breaking. Fight between Heide and Tiny. Journey home from the prison. Description of air raid on Russian town. Description of phosphorus. Effects of "quick clay". Parting of ways with The Commissar and his Russian colleagues. Back to the German lines. Capture of a Russian Major-General. Visit to Helena's Brothel. Chief Mechanic Wolf and War Minister Sally arrive looking for the gold. Porta's next big money making plan.
Ultimo libro della serie di Hassel, che ha come tema un bottino in oro di trenta milioni di dollari; tutto questo è a portata di mano, nascosto nella Russia sovietica. 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. Lo stile è differente, di gran lunga differente da tutti gli altri precedenti, per intere parti del romanzo si tende a parlare di più e ad agire di meno. 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" ).