During World War I, he served on the SMS Wolf. After the war, he released his first novel, Des Kaisers Kulis (The Kaiser's Coolies), about his experiences on board the ship. It would later be adapted into a stageplay, and was banned after the Nazi Machtergreifung.
A television version of Stalingrad was produced by NDR in West Germany, and first shown on 31 January 1963. Adapted by Klaus Hubalek and directed by Gustav Burmester, it starred Ullrich Haupt as Generalmajor Vilshofen, Wolfgang Büttner as General Gönnern, Hanns Lothar as Gnotke, and P. Walter Jacob as General Vennekohl. Hubalek's screenplay was subsequently translated into English and directed by Rudolph Cartier for the BBC's Festival series, first shown on 4 December 1963. This version starred Albert Lieven as Vilshofen, Peter Vaughan as Gonnern, André van Gyseghem as Vennekohl, and Harry Fowler as Gnotke.
Works in English
- Berlin, translated by Louis Hagen, London, Panther (1969) ISBN 0-586-02906-0
- The Kaiser Goes: The Generals Remain, translated by A.W. Wheen, London, Faber and Faber, Limited (1933)
- The Kaiser’s Coolies, translated by Margaret Green, H. Fertig, (1988, reprint c1931) ISBN 0-8652-7378-2
- Moscow, translated by Stuart Hood, London, F. Muller (1953)
- The World's Last Corner, adapted from a translation by Robert Pick, New York, Appleton-Century-Crofts (1951)
- Revolt on the Pampas, translated by Charles Ashleigh, M. Joseph, Ltd. (1937)
- Stalingrad, translated by Richard and Clara Winston, New York, Appleton-Century-Crofts (1948)
- Jennifer E. Michaels The War in the East – Theodor Plievier's Novels: Moscow, Stalingrad and Berlin Archived 2022-03-08 at the Wayback Machine in: M. Paul Holsinger and Mary Anne Schofield, Visions of War: World War II in Popular Literature and Culture. Bowling Green State University Popular Press (1992) ISBN 0-87972-555-9.
- "Festival: Stalingrad". December 4, 1963. p. 39. Archived from the original on June 6, 2020. Retrieved March 8, 2022 – via BBC Genome.
- "Stalingrad (1963)". BFI. Archived from the original on 2021-11-27. Retrieved 2022-03-08.