Books: Guiltuber Alles

BROTHERS IN ARMS by Hans Hellmut Kirst. 384 pages. Harper & Row. $5.95.

In his Gunner Asch tetralogy, West German Novelist Hans Hellmut Kirst explored the soldier's life in Hitler's Wehrmacht, in which he himself had served twelve years, and found a simple point: a dogface is a dogface, even under the sign of the swastika. Asch was a universal type, a latter-day Good Soldier Schweik, the goof-off who confounds every military system.

Having succeeded with satire, Kirst has now joined many of his fellow writers in the thriving literary guilt business. He lectures his...

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