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[SOLVED] Long shot - book about a German soldier?

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[SOLVED] Long shot - book about a German soldier?

I remember reading in the 70's a book about a German soldier - it was more comedic than fact - but I can't remember the name of the book.
SO does anybody remember any similar books - in English not German - that may have been about at the time?
The only things I can remember about it was he was a bumbling soldier, drunk most of the time and prone to accidents. Huh (it was 40 years ago!)
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Re: Long shot - book about a German soldier?

Try searching for books by H H Kirst
GrahamC
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Re: Long shot - book about a German soldier?

Plenty of bumbling and drunkeness in the books by Sven Hassel.
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Re: Long shot - book about a German soldier?

Thanks , but nope not any of them, although I do remember reading a lot of Sven Hassel.
Short name like Shultz or similar.
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Re: Long shot - book about a German soldier?

Leo Kessler aka Charles Whiting was another author with books published during the 70's. I only know Shultz as the bumbling guard from Hogan's Heroes  Wink
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Re: Long shot - book about a German soldier?

There was a TV series in 1981 called Private Schulz (with Michael Elphick in the title rôle). Perhaps you read a book based on the series?
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jackoab
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Re: Long shot - book about a German soldier?

I remember a very similar book which was called "The Good Soldier Shwartz" or somethimg like it , the good soldier is correct it's the name I'm not sure of.
Just googled it, it's "The Good Soldier Schweik".
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Re: Long shot - book about a German soldier?

I remember reading that and it was very funny
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Re: Long shot - book about a German soldier?

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Just googled it, it's "The Good Soldier Schweik".

Thats the ONE! So it was Czech not German my bad.
Now all I have to do is find a copy  Cheesy
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Re: [SOLVED] Long shot - book about a German soldier?

jackoab
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Re: [SOLVED] Long shot - book about a German soldier?

Happy to have helped, I remember this as a very funny read, if I recall correctly it was a bit of a best seller at the time.
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Re: [SOLVED] Long shot - book about a German soldier?

I didn't know the BBC had made a film out of it as well  Wink
Had a look on ebay but I really want a ebook copy of it, unless I can find my original copy (might be in the attic with some other old books)
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Re: [SOLVED] Long shot - book about a German soldier?

If you have problems sourcing a copy try www.abebooks.com and look for a UK seller.
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Re: [SOLVED] Long shot - book about a German soldier?

Found my copy. Now to read it  Cheesy