D DAY Through German Eyes - The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944
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D DAY Through German Eyes - The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944

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This is the hidden side of D Day which has fascinated readers 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 6th 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 6th.

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.

Book 2 in this unique series is also now available in e-book form.

Title:D DAY Through German Eyes - The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944
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Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:142 pages

    D DAY Through German Eyes - The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944 Reviews

  • Olivia
    Jan 09, 2016

    Hard to read -- given the graphic details of battle -- but gaining perspective on "the other side" makes it worthwhile. Read it and you'll feel as though you're eavesdropping on five very candid conve...

  • David Lowther
    Mar 17, 2016

    D Day through German Eyes is an excellent short book comprising five accounts from men who were actually on the front line on June 6th. 1944.The recollections of the men, a mixture of junior officers ...

  • Paige Ellen Stone
    Oct 01, 2015

    What an absolutely fascinating book. I was born in 1950, and grew up in a world where people with German sounding names or who were of obvious Japanese descent were held in suspicion. I even remember ...

  • Dave Gladwin
    Jan 19, 2016

    D-day has always fascinated me, I have always thought about what it was like for the German army in Normandy. We have always seen or read about the greatest invasion of all from the allied perspective...

  • Joseph Burtnick
    May 18, 2015

    Detailed and revealingThe detail the author is able to convey about the events of June the 6th is nothing like I have read before. Each story is different and gives a perspective to the war from the G...

  • James Horton McAlister
    Jun 29, 2015

    RedundantInteresting for a while, but the story of the five episodes were essentially the same with only minor details changing as the book progresses....

  • Ellen Trautner
    Dec 14, 2016

    Wow, what a good book! And by good, I mean terribly awful. This is a collection of interviews with German soldiers, of varying rank and experience, who defended the Normandy beaches during the Allied ...

  • Nicolette Harding
    Dec 21, 2016

    The authors grandfather interviews German soldiers in 1955, 10 years after visiting batteriers or Atlantic Wall they built on the shores of France. I've never met a German who would speak openly if no...

  • Rachel M
    Jan 13, 2017

    This is a fascinating nonfiction read consisting of interviews of German soldiers who attempted to stave the invasion of the Allies at Normandy on D-Day. The Germans were not surprised that the Allies...

  • Anna Ballard
    Nov 04, 2016

    This book was very interesting as it gave the personal stories of the men on the front lines (in the bunkers) one from each of the five beaches. It was in interview form as the man planning the book w...