• We Will Not Go to Tuapse

  • From the Donets to the Oder with the Legion Wallonie and 5th SS Volunteer Assault Brigade ‘Wallonien’ 1942-45
  • By: Fernand Kaisergruber
  • Narrated by: Paul Woodson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)

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We Will Not Go to Tuapse

By: Fernand Kaisergruber
Narrated by: Paul Woodson
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Until recent years, very little was known of the tens of thousands of foreign nationals from Norway, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, France, and Spain who served voluntarily in the military formations of the German army and the German Waffen-SS. In Kaisergruber's book, the listener discovers important issues of collaboration, the apparent contributions of the volunteers to the German war effort, their varied experiences, their motives, the attitude of the German High Command and bureaucracy, and the reaction to these in the occupied countries. 

The combat experiences of the Walloons echoed those of the very best volunteer units of the Waffen-SS, although they shared equally in the collapse of the Third Reich in May 1945. Although unapologetic for his service, Kaisergruber makes no special claims for the German cause and writes not from any postwar apologia and dogma but instead from his firsthand observations as a young man experiencing war for the first time, extending far beyond what had been imaginable at the time. His observations of fellow soldiers, commanders, Russian civilians, and the battlefields prove poignant and telling.

©2016 Fernand Kaisergruber (P)2018 Tantor

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Why did it end at Cherkassy?

It was a great audiobook, but why did it end at Cherkassy? I wanted to hear the story until the end. I guess that I will have to buy the book

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Really good book!

Very good and very well written! A must read for history buffs! A very good glimpse into the life of a WWII soldier on the eastern front before and after the war!

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Simply a good story

This story is of Dutch men who fought for the Germans against the Soviets. They were mot Nazis but boys seeking adventure. In hindsight it all seems so foolish, yet they stuck it out. Nothing is more honorable then doing one's duty not for some ideal but for a comrade.

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Pretty good

Good story, but not a lot of specific details about combat. There’s plenty, but not told in a way that really brings it out (like some more notable memoirs do).

But definitely a good listen - you hear an honest thoughts and experiences of a non-German volunteer in the SS. Something you don’t get very often anywhere else - including the history books.

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very enjoyable

I really enjoyed this unique memoir written from his non German perspective.
I also enjoyed the many personal observations and descriptions.
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Good if incomplete experiences.

Interesting account of someone who thought they were protecting Europe from communism and even 40 years later doesn’t seem to realize he was committing treason against his own country or supporting a brutal anti Semitic and cruel dictatorship. His experiences are well described and interesting. I just wish he had discussed how he justified his support of Hitler, who he never mentions. Incredibly he tried to join either the French or Belgium army just before France fell! One wonders if he had, how would he have felt about Nazis and Hitler. Still worth listening to. I would like to her an interview with the author where he would be asked about his politics etc.

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  • phphoto
  • 04-01-19

An apologist's Tale

If I could have given it less than 1star I would have. Truly dreadful excuse for a book. Don't waste your time. The end was terrible because it just stopped at a point in Spring 1944 leaving you without any idea what happened later.

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  • jules
  • 07-25-18

excellent

well worth a read into the everyday of an ss volunteer. It's not about battles etc it's about life during those times. the last chapter are very interesting when the guy was imprisoned after the war for being a member of the ss. It's a MUST READ.

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  • Stewie
  • 06-13-18

A warning from history

‘We will not go to Taupse....’ was a captivating and intriguing account of one Wallonien SS volunteers experiences during the Second World War. Along the lines of many other similar ww2 German accounts, one could be almost duped into the soldierly “we were only following orders” line of thinking. If it weren’t for the fact that I caught a documentary featuring the author one evening. Piecing together his testimony, his more recent comments on television, and other historical knowledge - it’s easy to see that Kaisergruber is an unrepentant product of his time, loyal to his comrades and certainly the ideals they shared.

Attracted to the German army with the vigour of a young 1940s adolescent, Kaisergruber epitomised many of his generation who were duped by Nazi propaganda into a ‘rather the hammer than the anvil’ scenario. Choosing to be the last bastions against the scourge of Bolshevism and “international Jewery”. To this end, his book gives you an insight into the perspective of many foreign volunteers who made up the ranks of the German forces during the Second World War, certainly in greater numbers than their home countries would later wish to admit to.
It must however be remembered that the truth lays not always in what is said, but what is omitted, and Kaisergrubers account at the end of the war, and certainly post war does remain a little sketchy - or over embellished. To that end, I would recommend the listener seek further research into how POW’s were treated, and especially Waffen SS POWs, before taking Kaisergruber’s account as gospel fact, rather than a biased perspective of someone on the receiving end of a long term of imprisonment.

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  • Adrian Chan-Wyles Ph.D
  • 12-29-20

Self-Indulgent Nonsense

What the author fails to make clear is that the reason he sided with the Nazi Germans is because as a Catholic - he was conforming to the policy of the Vatican which supported fascism before, during and after WWII (assisting key Nazi War Criminals to flee to South America and escape justice). The Introduction, Foreword and Prelude, etc, attempt to justify the 'normalisation' fascism - which is an insult to the millions who died fighting this evil ideology! The author appears not to understand that Hitler's invasion of the USSR had to key objectives 1) eradication of the Slavic race, and 2) the destruction of Bolshevism. I suspect much of this memoir is a fabrication giving an idealised interpretation of the USSR. This author, if he fought for the Nazis at all, is an idiot or a very clever liar. The narrative is both tedious and monotonous and his assertion that Russian peasants helped these fascists whilst their sons, fathers and uncles were away in the Red Army 'fighting' the genocidal evil - is bizarre and a myth too far! Anyone with any genuine knowledge of the conditions surrounding this campaign will instinctively feel that something is very wrong with this narrative! If this author was ever in the USSR - then as a War Criminal - he contributed to the murder of between 27-40 million Soviet men, women and children!

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  • Anglian
  • 07-27-20

Interesting and a great narrator

Fascinating book by a man of determination and strong character. The first audio book by a survivor of the pocket at Korsun that I’ve listened to, and it was gripping.

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  • Sean
  • 04-03-19

Ends in early 1944 for no clear reason, not clear

what occurred post 1944 is not clear. like half the book is missing. very strange ending

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  • Royston
  • 04-02-19

A revealing insight

We forget the fact that some saw fit to join the German Army in order to fight the soviets. Little is discussed of Finland’s war against the Soviets with Germany as her ally.
This is interesting as it highlights the early years of the war and the conditions the occupied countries found themselves. Who can say how we would have responded had the war turned out differently.

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  • Alistair Fraser
  • 03-04-19

Fair!!

Not nearly as good as I had hoped. Not enough action, the author concentrates on the day to day living more than I would like.

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  • John Cantor
  • 06-16-21

Thought provoking.

A soldier’s story. A recollection of events from the experiences of a youth attracted to the ideals of order. He was a very fortunate survivor.

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  • Michaela (Mika) Tippins
  • 02-28-22

A view of WW2 profoundly one sided and biased

This book is worth a read just to see a version of the war written by an unrepentent SS soldier who makes no mention of the holocaust, never says nazi, barely speaks of combat and dismisses the treason he committed to Belgium when he joined the Wehrmacht then the SS. In his experiences on the Eastern Front he says how well liked he was, how welcoming the Russian peasants were and how honorable the German military was. He is baffled by Russian hatred of the Germans. He is outraged by his imprisonment after the war and disgusted when his watch is stolen by a guard stating that would never have been done by the Germans. Throughout the whole book he his the center of every stage, the hero of every action, never once looses his sang froid, always acts honorably and exhibits the highest moral fibre. This book is worth a read just to see his skill at reconstructing the war how he wanted it to be. The piece de resistance is when he comments on SS bodies killed in combat and one in particular stating that the soldier appeared happy to have died from the honorable and joyful expression on his face. This book is so profoundly biased and one sided it makes your eyes water.

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  • Daniel
  • 04-12-19

average

not a great book. it starts a bit too slow. there are much better books with a similar story