Such an emotional and heartbreaking roller coaster of emotions. That’s just for the reader, let alone what the people of this true story went through. I have read a few books on this subject but this one was by far the best. Told partly from Gustav`s diaries, it brought the personal slant and realism to a horrifying situation. I have recommended this book to so many people. I can only hope that this book, while it show the horror of war and what Gustav and Fritz dealt with, that it also can brin some comfort to their families in the fact that it shows an incredible devotion to each other as well as the compulsion to survive...together.