A document telling in its authenticity, this is a simply, ardently stated diary of a front-line German soldier who went into battle at the beginning of World War II a private and came out at its close a lieutenant. Prueller marched into Poland in 1941 with fervent faith in Germany's just cause; this faith remained through the long years on the Russian front which saw him wounded severely, and covered the years in which Germany's destiny was decided against the grain. How Prueller himself fared, personally, as he advanced in rank, endured the rigors of war particularly in Russia, is a part of the view. But more telling still is the turn of Prueller's mind as the war progressed, as Germany's defeat became evident. There is too the recurring theme of every soldier as he writes his wife in diary form: ""Today I'm still alive, and so are you and Lore. All of us!"" A postscript relates Prueller's background as a member of the Austrian Hitler Jugend and his present as a defeated shopkeeper outside Vienna. A small but significant addition to the record of World War II.