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Publisher's Summary

The first book of D Day Through German Eyes has fascinated listeners around the world with its insight into the German experience of June 6, 1944. Now, book 2 contains a completely different set of astonishing German testimonies from the same archive.

These newly translated eyewitness statements by German veterans show the defenders to be determined but psychologically insecure, often deluded in their thinking, and all too human in their shock at the onslaught they faced. These unique interviews with German soldiers are a historical treasure trove of new insights, heart-stopping combat stories, and glimpses of wartime psychology that will absorb anyone with an interest in WW2.

©2015 Holger Eckhertz (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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A must listen too.

It always good to hear about how things were from the other side to understand more fully the whole situation and what the common Soldier went through.

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More of the same... which is a good thing

If you enjoyed the first book, you will also enjoy this one. The format is the same and the interviews are as captivating, with different aspects expanding nicely on the revelations of the first book.

it is not necessary to have listened to the first book first, however you might as well if you haven't already.

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  • Clay McCreary
  • 03-08-2016

awesome

great book for hearing the other side of the stotry...I'm hungry for more...I wish the same format could be used telling the Japanese side or any other side that did not get to write the history books...

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  • maria neus
  • 07-06-2016

Interesting contrarian views.

1st person accounts, provides detail of events, opinion of world view. Must for understanding era.

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  • William Kendall
  • 19-05-2016

awesome stuff

Both book 1 and 2t offer a perspective that rarely gets mention ed. I was taken by the notion of United Europe, and the complete stun the Germans felt

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  • Tyler J.
  • 26-04-2016

Different perspectives within the German lines

I was pleased that they included perspectives and stories from different divisions of the German military. The subjects were given the freedom to tell their views openly and respectfully. It was very interesting to learn what different divisions thought the likely outcome and chances were of repelling the invasion. The battle strategy was obviously presented differently to each of the defense forces. Reading D-Day accounts from the Allied perspective will now be very different for me because I will better understand the mentality and fortifications of those that they were opposing. It is absolutely a recommended read if you want to see both sides, but the obvious disclosure is that it is a compilation of D-Day stories, so it gets a bit graphic at times.

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  • Randall
  • 27-04-2017

Soviet defectors

I'm shocked that we allowed the repatriation of these soviets. They all went to their deaths.

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  • P. Dion
  • 22-09-2016

Good listen for the diehard WWll reader.

It was as good as book one. It is interesting to see the other sides take of the D-Day story.

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  • Shawn Townsend
  • 12-09-2016

If u like book 1, it's more of the same.

I loved the first book and same with book 2. Probably liked #2 better because he left out some stories he felt might have been insensitive in #1.

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  • Salui
  • 22-07-2016

Very insightful

My father is a Normandy veteran, so hearing about the allied invasion from the German perspective was interesting. Several of the German veterans seemed shocked at the aggressiveness shown by the allies toward them, and I found this to be rather ironic. It is a fascinating book, nevertheless, and I do recommend it.

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  • Amazon Customer realsteel
  • 18-07-2018

Must Read

Most unusual perspective and a must read for everyone. Narration is excellent, leaves the reader with lots to consider, but certainly makes clear that war is not the answer. Thanks for the document.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-07-2018

One of the best WWIIbooks ever

There is no way to describe the import of these two volumes. Like many born in the 1960s, I have long been a casual WWII history buff. These are is probably the most interesting books I have come across. Fascinating on many levels. Better listened to than read.

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  • M. J. Wall
  • 05-07-2017

A very powerful alternative view

This and it's companion volume paint a vivid and quite alternative view of one of the most pivotal events in modern European history. Such works are doubly important as so often history gets to be written by the victors alone. Here are the voices of men on the ground who, by and large, thought they were doing the right thing. The power and merciless nature of the Allied invasion comes across relentlessly.

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  • B. S. Cunliffe
  • 03-08-2017

Facinating

Absolutely facinating insight into the German psyche regarding their attitude to Europe and their occupation of France in particular.

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  • G. Graham
  • 18-10-2016

Fascinating, eye opening and chilling by stages.

This is actually a hugely important document as it explains something that has always been a mystery to those of us from allied countries, namely how on earth could ordinary Germans fight for and support the evils of the 3rd Reich. What we learn here is that for the ordinary drafted German soldier an entirely different world view existed of what the war was actually about (my goodness the French come out of this very badly indeed apart from the very small percentage who genuinely resisted) . It also gives an unexpected contrast and pause for thought on current times like us criticising for example Syria or Russia over civilian casualties in the current conflict, when your hear the Germans veterans views on how many French civilians died when the allies were forced to bomb France for example. There is a lot to take in here and it is very well worth listening to and has certainly given me pause for thought about how things can look very very different depending an the sheer chance of what side you were born on. However, there is also a very chilling part about the testing of a Nazi "wonder weapon" from a man who seems to be everything you thought Nazi scientists were.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-06-2018

Interesting insight into a tragic period

but... I'm not sure why the interviewer has an American accent? otherwise excellent collection of interviews from a range of men with different perspectives.

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  • Spyro Gyra
  • 14-06-2018

Excellent insight into how Germany saw the invasion.

Great audio book and I liked the German accents used to tell the chapters. Probably not authentic to a German but have each chapter a personality. Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-2018

D Day Through German Eyes Book 2

A really interesting book told from a perspective you don't usually hear about. An incredible amount of detail. An exciting book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-02-2018

Not happy

dissatisfaction from start to finish due to finding out there are 2 parts with the same front cover and this is the second part

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  • martin
  • 13-02-2018

Fascinating.

Since first visiting Normandy with veterans on 25th anniversary, I have had first hand Allied accounts and read many books on the landings.

These 2 books give a fresh insight and a very interesting Axis perspective to events. Truly fascinating and enlightening.

"Frau Eckhertz" must be congratulated and has done a wonderful job in completing her Grandfather's work.

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  • Rich
  • 09-01-2018

Great books

both volumes of this story are worth the time , enjoyed it and a new insight to the other side of the battles, and some facts I never knew.

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  • Luc S.
  • 15-11-2017

Terrible german accent

An interesting collection of stories let down by the terrible decision to use a german accent for the narration. Why, oh why would you ruin,what could have been a good listen, a story like that ? I cannot even fault the narrator for that. It is the publisher’s mistake ! Avoid the audio book, go for the written version instead.