At Leningrad's Gates - The Story of a Soldier with Army Group North, by William Lubbeck
Book published by Pen and Sword in 2007, 256 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (N4737)
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This book is the remarkable story of a German soldier who fought throughout the Second World War, rising from a conscript private to captain of a heavy weapons company on the Eastern Front....
William Lubbeck was drafted into the Wehrmacht in 1939. As a member of the 58th Infantry Division, he received his baptism of fire during the 1940 invasion of France, and the following spring his division served in Operation Barbarossa (the invasion of the Soviet Union). After grueling marches, Lubbeck's unit entered the outskirts of Leningrad, making the deepest penetration of any German formation.
The Germans suffered brutal hardships the following winter as they fought both Russian counterattacks and the brutal cold. The 58th Division was thrown back and forth across the front of Army Group North, from Novgorod to Demyansk, and in September 1943, Lubbeck earned the Iron Cross First Class and was assigned to officers' training school in Dresden. By the time he returned to Russia, Army Group North was in full-scale retreat....