General Store Publishing House

General Store Publishing House

November 25, 2010 09:00 ET

A War Story, A Love Story, an Odyssey Story: Fuhrer, Folk and Fatherland-A Soldier's Story, is All of These

RENFREW, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 25, 2010) - This is the true story of the author's father, Albin Gagel, who grew up in rural Bavaria and was drafted for what turned out to be six years of enforced service in Hitler's Wehrmacht. Albin took part in the Blitzkrieg in France, spent half a year on sentry duty in the outpost of Narvik, and served three separate stints on the Eastern Front. It is a love story, for in 1943 Albin found the love of his life.

The title comes from the patriotic, and later cynical, expression in use at the time. It denotes how Germans were entreated to make sacrifices for their leader, people, and homeland. Albin's story reveals the true nature of wartime and how it affected the lives of real people, and how easy it was for an entire nation to succumb to the leadership of a madman. It deals with tragedy and hope, desperation and deliverance, faith and disillusionment. His brushes with fate, courtship adventures, fights for survival, and especially his odyssey to return to his young wife after his escape from Russian imprisonment, are heart wrenching and heart warming.

Fascinating from start to finish, this very personal account of living in Hitler's Third Reich appeals to anyone who has wondered about the war from "the other side," from history buff to true romantic.

The book retails for $26.95. It can be ordered from General Store Publishing House at

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