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Author Schlesier, Karl H., author

Title Flakhelfer to grenadier : memoir of a boy soldier, 1943-1945 / Karl H. Schlesier
Published Solihull, England : Helion & Company 2014
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Contents Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Glossary; Preface; Acknowledgements; Prologue; Chapter 1: Going Home; Chapter 2: Flakhelfer, Reisholz: June 10 1943-January 18 1944; Chapter 3: Flakhelfer, Hüls: January 18-September 22 1944; Chapter 4: RAD Man: September 27-December 15 1944; Chapter 5: Interlude: December 17 1944-January 5 1945; Chapter 6: Grenadier: January 5-March 28 1945; Chapter 7: POW: March 28-September 24 1945; Epilogue; Afterword; Further Reading
Summary On January 7 1943, the German Government, in order to free adult soldiers for frontline duty, ordered that all male students of secondary schools born in 1926 and 1927 be drafted into anti-air craft service in the homeland. Students were to arrive in batteries on February 18 1943. After serving from one year (those born in 1926) to thirteen months (those born in 1927), the boys were transferred into the Reich Labor Service and from there into the armed forces. They were replaced by boys born in 1928 who served to the end of the war. About 200,000 boys became Flakhelfer. Most were called up at
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Subject Schlesier, Karl H.
Child soldiers -- Germany -- Biography.
Teenage boys -- Germany -- Düsseldorf -- Biography.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Germany -- Participation, Juvenile.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
Personal narratives.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 191029487X (electronic bk)
9781910294871 (electronic bk)