"Just nineteen years old and already I had smelt the smoke, seen death and watched blood flow. My three months of experience of battle so far seemed like a game that had to be played. Then a minor offensive in the foothills of the Caucasus stopped me in my tracks and made me acutely aware for the first time, of my own mortality".
Drafted into the German army in 1942, Rudi Stiebritz was sent into battle on the Eastern Front, participating in one of the longest and bloodiest campaigns in modern history. In 1945, Germany surrendered and Rudi and thousands of his comrades were sent into Siberia as prisoners of war. Rudi tells his story as he experienced it - with humour, passion and honesty.