Arthur Jantz was living happily in a small village in Poland called Teosin, he lived in a farming family with a flour windmill prior to WW2.
World war 2 begins in 1939. parents claim German ethnicity and therefore protection from deportation. family compelled to move to newly created german territory.
Crossing the Threshold
The German government calls upon citizens responsibility for service in Hitler youth and later military service. He tries to run away but eventually gets taken into training for the army.
After continuing his military training he accepts the advice from a more senor worldly officer. He advises Arthur that he cannot change his situation even though he might not believe in fighting for a cause that is wrong... But he should fight for his own life and freedom.
At first he was assigned to the front line at Frankfurt 40 miles East of Berlin on the Oder river, this was the first time he experienced the "baptism of fire" outnumbered 10 to 1.
His allies were his soldier mates and his enemies were the Russians and the Germans, in other words war was the enemy.