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.
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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
I downloaded this purely as had read quite extensively about the allied version of the landings but never from a German perspective. It is broken down into five accounts, one for each of the beaches under the allied code names. The interviews take place 10 years after the landings and have been translated.
Each account is well detailed and gives the reader an insight into the equipment the Germans possessed, their thoughts and feelings at the time, and also how their thoughts have changes in the years since.
The chap who plays the German men is obviously very talented and speaks in a variety of German-accented English and makes their stories come to life.
Hugely interesting perspective and I would recommend to anyone who is fascinated about that particular point in history.
I found this book very interesting, not only because of the cultural difference but it describes a completely different type of warfare from the normal d-day story. The book describes, in horrific detail, the challenges of defensive warfare. How it felt to be on the receiving end of the allied advance. But I believe the book struck a beautiful balance between describing a terrible battle without moral judgement.
Well written, very interesting and very good performance, but:
why the (very well faked) German accent for the interviewed people?
It simply sounds silly.
And why not give the interviewer, who was also a German, the same accent? Ach! Warum?
This is an important historical record that gives the listener an insight into a common humanity contrasted with Man's inhumanity to Man. The German soldier deserved better than the hubristic Nazi leadership! Fascinating, gripping and moving.
"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.
I would rather listen to the German version of this book, if it is to be found on Audible. I can't even begin to understand why it was thought useful to have the interviewee speak with such a contrived German accent. Absolutely ludicrous, especially since many German words were not pronounced accurately. Painful to listen to. I don't think I'll be able to continue listening past the first interview.
"The Other Side of Men, Steel, and Fire"
I really wasn't sure what to expect when I got "D DAY Through German Eyes." But I suppose I didn't expect to feel so much.
It's structured in an interview format, done during 1955, with mostly narrative. After the first man interviewed, I had to wonder to myself, "Is it okay to find these men to be valiant? Does that make me a traitor?"
What? Too soon?
But then the book goes on and I found myself totally flipping the other way: When the Germans weren't surviving the agony of fear, the incredible flames of phosphorous bombs, seeing beloved comrades ripped to shreds from shrapnel... they were killing US! And some of these guys were true believers, thinking that they were staving off an invasion from the Allies, that the Allies just wanted more, more, more, and were willing to murder for it.
What do you make of your emotions for the over 6 hours of this book? It's a rollercoaster with some of the most graphic accounts of war and slaughter, both sides, that I have ever encountered, and I read A LOT of military history. At x1.25 speed, it was breathtaking, heartrending, so very sad.
I felt respect for both sides... most of the time. Mostly, I felt sick. But that's a GOOD thing because this book is reality like you've never heard it. As long as you get over the thick German accent, which you will, but it's unnerving at first, you'll wind up thinking about this book for a long time.
Me? I wound up thinking about rows and rows of white crosses, of bodies, from both sides, rotting within the earth...
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!!
What a brilliant concept: a narrated series of interviews with former German soldiers who fought at D-Day. Their accounts are vivid and horrific but hearing these first-person accounts really brings the events to life. I highly recommend.
"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.
"Excellent Viewpoint from the Germans During D-Day"
I found this audiobook informative in that it provided to me what was going through the minds of the German defenders at Normandy. I found it amazing that at least the Germans in this audiobook felt that they were defending France from these Allied invaders. I wish there were more stories of the German viewpoint of D-DAY.
"Interesting stories from German perspective on the day."
These are a collection of interviews done about two years after DA by a German correspondent i
It was a very interesting read. It gives a very different perspective on the battle.
"A perspective I'm glad to have heard"
It's difficult to hear about "our side" being killed on D-Day....but to hear the other sides perspective is balancing.
In the end, it's just a reminder for me that killing each other just doesn't make sense.
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