LoveReading

Becoming a member of the LoveReading community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unadulterated book loving, with your favourite books saved to your own digital bookshelf.

New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop Plus lots lots more…

Find out more

Heinrich Gerlach - Author

About the Author

Books by Heinrich Gerlach

Breakout at Stalingrad

Breakout at Stalingrad

Author: Heinrich Gerlach Format: Downloadable audio file Release Date: 03/04/2019

Booktrack Edition adds an immersive musical soundtrack to your audiobook listening experience!* 'One of the greatest novels of the Second World War' The Times. 'A remarkable find' Antony Beevor. 'A masterpiece' Mail on Sunday. Stalingrad, November 1942. Lieutenant Breuer dreams of returning home for Christmas. But he and his fellow German soldiers will spend winter in a frozen hell - as snow, ice and relentless Soviet assaults reduce the once-mighty Sixth Army to a diseased and starving rabble. Breakout at Stalingrad is a stark and terrifying portrait of the horrors of war, and a profoundly humane depiction of comradeship in adversity. The book itself has an extraordinary story behind it. Its author fought at Stalingrad and was imprisoned by the Soviets. In captivity, he wrote a novel based on his experiences, which the Soviets confiscated before releasing him. Gerlach resorted to hypnosis to remember his narrative, and in 1957 it was published as The Forsaken Army. Fifty-five years later Carsten Gansel, an academic, came across the original manuscript of Gerlach's novel in a Moscow archive. This first translation into English of Breakout at Stalingrad includes the story of Gansel's sensational discovery. *Booktrack is an immersive listening experience that pairs traditional audiobook narration to complementary music and sound effects. The tempo and rhythm of the score are in perfect harmony with the action and characters throughout the audiobook. Gently playing in the background, the music never overpowers or distracts from the narration, so listeners can enjoy every minute. When you purchase this Booktrack edition, you receive the exact narration as the traditional audiobook available, with the addition of music throughout.

Breakout at Stalingrad

Breakout at Stalingrad

Author: Heinrich Gerlach Format: Downloadable audio file Release Date: 03/04/2019

'One of the greatest novels of the Second World War' The Times. 'A remarkable find' Antony Beevor. 'A masterpiece' Mail on Sunday. Stalingrad, November 1942. Lieutenant Breuer dreams of returning home for Christmas. But he and his fellow German soldiers will spend winter in a frozen hell - as snow, ice and relentless Soviet assaults reduce the once-mighty Sixth Army to a diseased and starving rabble. Breakout at Stalingrad is a stark and terrifying portrait of the horrors of war, and a profoundly humane depiction of comradeship in adversity. The book itself has an extraordinary story behind it. Its author fought at Stalingrad and was imprisoned by the Soviets. In captivity, he wrote a novel based on his experiences, which the Soviets confiscated before releasing him. Gerlach resorted to hypnosis to remember his narrative, and in 1957 it was published as The Forsaken Army. Fifty-five years later Carsten Gansel, an academic, came across the original manuscript of Gerlach's novel in a Moscow archive. This first translation into English of Breakout at Stalingrad includes the story of Gansel's sensational discovery.

Breakout at Stalingrad

Breakout at Stalingrad

Author: Heinrich Gerlach Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2018

'One of the greatest novels of the Second World War' The Times. 'A remarkable find' Antony Beevor. 'A masterpiece' Mail on Sunday. Stalingrad, November 1942. Lieutenant Breuer dreams of returning home for Christmas. But he and his fellow German soldiers will spend winter in a frozen hell - as snow, ice and relentless Soviet assaults reduce the once-mighty Sixth Army to a diseased and starving rabble. Breakout at Stalingrad is a stark and terrifying portrait of the horrors of war, and a profoundly humane depiction of comradeship in adversity. The book itself has an extraordinary story behind it. Its author fought at Stalingrad and was imprisoned by the Soviets. In captivity, he wrote a novel based on his experiences, which the Soviets confiscated before releasing him. Gerlach resorted to hypnosis to remember his narrative, and in 1957 it was published as The Forsaken Army. Fifty-five years later Carsten Gansel, an academic, came across the original manuscript of Gerlach's novel in a Moscow archive. This first translation into English of Breakout at Stalingrad includes the story of Gansel's sensational discovery.

Breakout at Stalingrad

Breakout at Stalingrad

Author: Heinrich Gerlach Format: eBook Release Date: 11/01/2018

The original version of the classic novel of the epic World War II battle, confiscated by the Russian secret services in 1949, and now rediscovered in the Russian archives.

Breakout at Stalingrad

Breakout at Stalingrad

Author: Heinrich Gerlach Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/01/2018

'One of the greatest novels of the Second World War' The Times. 'A remarkable find' Antony Beevor. 'A masterpiece' Mail on Sunday. Stalingrad, November 1942. Lieutenant Breuer dreams of returning home for Christmas. But he and his fellow German soldiers will spend winter in a frozen hell - as snow, ice and relentless Soviet assaults reduce the once-mighty Sixth Army to a diseased and starving rabble. Breakout at Stalingrad is a stark and terrifying portrait of the horrors of war, and a profoundly humane depiction of comradeship in adversity. The book itself has an extraordinary story behind it. Its author fought at Stalingrad and was imprisoned by the Soviets. In captivity, he wrote a novel based on his experiences, which the Soviets confiscated before releasing him. Gerlach resorted to hypnosis to remember his narrative, and in 1957 it was published as The Forsaken Army. Fifty-five years later Carsten Gansel, an academic, came across the original manuscript of Gerlach's novel in a Moscow archive. This first translation into English of Breakout at Stalingrad includes the story of Gansel's sensational discovery.

Odyssee in Rot

Odyssee in Rot

Author: Heinrich Gerlach Format: eBook Release Date: 09/03/2017

"e;Hitler muss fallen, damit Deutschland lebe!"e;Von den ber drei Millionen Wehrmachtssoldaten, die zwischen 1941 und 1945 in sowjetische Kriegsgefangenschaft gerieten, starben mehr als eine Million. Heinrich Gerlach berlebte. Das Grauen von Stalingrad hatte er in einem Roman verarbeitet, seinen schier endlosen Weg durch sowjetische Arbeits- und Gefangenenlager beschreibt er in seinem autobiographischen Bericht Odyssee in Rot. Im Lager Lunjowo war Gerlach aber auch Grndungsmitglied des Bundes Deutscher Offiziere (BDO), eines Verbands kriegsgefangener Wehrmachtsoffiziere, die ab 1943 aus der Gefangenschaft deutsche Soldaten zur Desertion und zum Kampf gegen Hitler aufriefen - in aufgezwungener Zusammenarbeit mit Exilkommunisten wie Wilhelm Pieck, Walter Ulbricht oder Erich Weinert. 1944 wurde in Nazi-Deutschland in Abwesenheit gegen Gerlach ein Verfahren wegen Hochverrats eingeleitet, seine Familie kam in Sippenhaft. In seinem materialreichen Nachwort liefert Herausgeber Carsten Gansel zu Gerlachs aufwhlendem Bericht Hintergrundmaterial aus russischen Archiven - etwa zu den Plnen, die die sowjetische Fhrung fr die BDO-Mitglieder im Nachkriegsdeutschland hatte; Gansel skizziert die Versuche des Geheimdienstes, Heinrich Gerlach und andere Fhrungsmitglieder zu Agenten zu machen - und wertet erstmalig die Nachkriegstagebcher Gerlachs aus, die dieser von 1951 bis 1991 fhrte. So rekonstruiert er den Entstehungsprozess der 'Odyssee in Rot' und erzhlt anhand der Leitfigur Gerlach, wie die BDOler, die nach dem Krieg in den Westen gingen, keinesfalls als Widerstandshelden gefeiert wurden, sondern sich gegen die Brandmarkung als Kommunistenfreunde und Verrter wehren mussten. Nach dem Riesenerfolg des Spiegelbestsellers Durchbruch bei Stalingrad: die Wiederentdeckung von Heinrich Gerlachs monumentalem Werk ber seine Zeit in sowjetischer Kriegsgefangenschaft und den Versuch des Bundes Deutscher Offiziere, Hitler zu strzen.

Durchbruch bei Stalingrad

Durchbruch bei Stalingrad

Author: Heinrich Gerlach Format: eBook Release Date: 09/03/2017

Ein Buch, zuruck aus 70 Jahren Kriegsgefangenschaft. Heinrich Gerlachs groer Antikriegsroman: Direkt nach der Schlacht um Stalingrad im sowjetischen Kriegsgefangenenlager geschrieben, durch verschiedene Arbeitslager gerettet, aber letztendlich vom russischen Geheimdienst konfisziert - jetzt nach fast 70 Jahren erstmals verffentlicht. Dieses Buch hat eine der auergewhnlichsten Publikationsgeschichten seit je: Heinrich Gerlach, als deutscher Offizier in der Schlacht um Stalingrad schwer verwundet, begann in sowjetischer Gefangenschaft einen Roman zu schreiben, der das Grauen von Stalingrad, die Sinnlosigkeit des Krieges, vor allem aber die seelische Wandlung eines deutschen Soldaten unter dem Eindruck des Erlebten ungeschminkt darstellen sollte. Zudem war er im Herbst 1943 Grndungsmitglied des Bunds Deutscher Offiziere, der aus der Kriegsgefangenschaft heraus zur Beendigung des sinnlosen Kampfes aufrief.Gerlach rettete sein Manuskript durch viele Arbeitslager. 1949 aber entdeckte und beschlagnahmte der russische Geheimdienst den 600 Seiten starken Roman. Erst im Frhjahr 1950 war Gerlach wieder zurck in Deutschland - ohne den Roman. Smtliche Versuche, ihn aus dem Gedchtnis zu rekonstruieren, scheiterten - bis Gerlach auf eine ungewhnliche Idee kam. Unter Hypnose konnte er Teile des Buches wieder erinnern. 1957, mehr als ein Jahrzehnt nach seiner Gefangennahme, erschien das Buch unter dem Titel Die verratene Armee - und wurde zum Millionenseller. Carsten Gansel ist nun in Moskauer Archiven ein sensationeller Fund gelungen: das von der Verffentlichung stark abweichende Originalmanuskript von Gerlachs Durchbruch bei Stalingrad. Vom Herausgeber mit einem reichen dokumentarischen Anhang versehen, liegt es nach 70 Jahren hiermit zum ersten Mal gedruckt vor.