This is the hidden side of D-Day which has fascinated readers/listeners around the world.
Almost all accounts of D-Day are told from the Allied perspective, with the emphasis on how German resistance was overcome on June 6, 1944. But what was it like to be a German soldier in the bunkers and gun emplacements of the Normandy coast, facing the onslaught of the mightiest seaborne invasion in history? What motivated the German defenders, what were their thought processes - and how did they fight from one strong point to another, among the dunes and fields, on that first cataclysmic day? What were their experiences on facing the tanks, the flamethrowers and the devastating air superiority of the Allies?
This book sheds fascinating light on these questions, bringing together statements made by German survivors after the war, when time had allowed them to reflect on their state of mind, their actions and their choices of June 6. We see a perspective of D-Day which deserves to be added to the historical record, in which ordinary German troops struggled to make sense of the onslaught that was facing them, and emerged stunned at the weaponry and sheer determination of the Allied soldiers. We see, too, how the Germans fought in the great coastal bunkers, perceived as impregnable fortresses, but in reality often becoming tombs for their crews. Above all, we now have the unheard human voices of the individual German soldiers - the men who are so often portrayed as a faceless mass.
©2015 Holger Eckhertz (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
"A work of fiction"
Only after listening to this did I learn that it is from Sprech Media , well known for other works that are considered fabrications and thus fiction. Various aspects of this book seemed contrived and I started to question its authenticity. Google Sprech Media and learn the facts.
just feels made up. like they read wikipedia and made up a character who is always in the thick of it. the more I listened the more it did not ring true. returned.
"A set of honest and frank accounts "
A set of honest and frank accounts that allow you to draw your own conclusions on the motives of individuals and politics of the time. Essential reading.
provides a good perspective of the looser side,..I wish we had more like this one
just when I thought I've been through every single book on ww2 and couldn't learn anything else, I run into this book not expecting much and was completely wrapped up in it all the way to the end. it's a fantastic perspective on d day, if your a history buff, you need this book!!
I was happily surprised when I got this book. It is a clever idea to interview the German soldiers that manned the defenses on D day. I was intrigued by the mind set they had. Some of these soldiers were wondering why we where so mad at them, and fought so hatefully. After all the German troops were just protecting the united Europe.
During the ten years that went by, the static troops that held those posts learned what the 3rd riche was really all about and it finally made sense!
"Great story, but the accent... "
How silly to narrate the book with a german accent. If the story wasn't so good, I would have given up.
Perspectives on D-Day that are rarely available in English. Fascinating (and horrifying) to hear about German soldiers' motivations and experiences.
I want more!
"Very interesting stories"
A refreshingly new view of the D Day invasion from the side of the average German soldier. Incredible experiences shared by the men who were there. Highly recommended for anyone interested WW2 history.
"D Day - Another Virwpoint"
Learned much new information not only about the German Army but the Allies as well.
"D-Day ..."Shock and Awe"."
Courageous men and boys, brainwashed by Hitler's regime, facing true "shock and awe". Graphic! 😨
"puts a whole new slant on the D- Day landings."
Only ever read about the struggle from the alied side of things..It must have been horrendous facing the might of the combined alien forces. This book brings home that at the end of the day we are all human beings beings just trying to service. .. such great lose on both sides...Chris
"Wow, one of the best audio books Ive listened to."
Hugely descriptive, brilliantly done. Ive been to some of these places and so identified with the area.
Have purchased the second book.
Riveting, authentic, eye-opening
It's pacey and dramatic
The reader gave a solid and well angled performance. There narratives from at least six soldiers and he gave each distinct characteristics and nuances so you got a sense of each of their background and disposition from their voice. These people came alive again. The pace again seemed natural but never too slow. Really impressive. When the material is as good as this the reader becomes even more important.
No, I listen when I drive
The story of D day through German survivors and a different take. Riveting stuff and anyone who enjoys this sort of stuff will take to it
"Absolutely fascinating accounts."
Fascinating to hear real life accounts of D-day from a German perspective. Gives a totally different understanding of how German troops saw thier mission and goes some way to clarifying the puzzle as to why apparently ordinary men fought for the evils of Nazism.
I've read a lot of WW2 History and it's interesting to see it from the other side. What I find amazing is that Germans genuinely felt they were defending a united Europe, the felt France was their soil.
to get genuine perspective of the Germans in so much detail is really interesting. There has been so much allied perspective of the battle.
these German defenders were also very very brave.
war is hell
"very good description "
excellent account from the German Soldiers got a feeling how violent the D Day landings where.
Germans tell their side. Some of them very deluded Don't seem to get they started it. Very interesting post Brexit. . Germans seem to be defending their united Europe Mach 1.
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