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  • D DAY Through German Eyes

  • The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944
  • By: Holger Eckhertz
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 823
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759

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?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed and frightening!

  • By Adam Turner on 04-01-17

A good story.... or a tall tale ?

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-03-19

The first volume is immediate thrills,sensational,combat heavy and no mention of constant fatigue, hunger and hardship.
Pretty much the exact opposite of most ww2 books from the German perspective.....
Embellished, a tall tale or totally made up ?Listen to the second book and confirm your suspicion's .
Try" Blood red snow" instead.

  • The Storm of War

  • By: Andrew Roberts
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 28 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284

One of the best selling History titles of 2009. Examining the Second World War on every front, Andrew Roberts asks whether, with a different decision-making process and a different strategy, Hitler’s Axis might even have won. Were those German generals who blamed everything on Hitler after the war correct, or were they merely scapegoating their former Führer once he was safely beyond defending himself?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Outstanding Piece of Work

  • By Colin on 26-04-10

The very best pocket guide to WW2.

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-19

Well written, well voiced,well observed and a fantastic jump off into the initially unfathomable depths of the race,politics,global climate and ambition of all involved.
Even handed in it's praise and criticism, with attention to the individual and the vast collective human endeavour.
Man's inhumanity to man and yet the humanity of man pushed to the furthest excesses in either extreme.
Won't satisfy the purist or the intellectual but it does give the best first climb of the tree....then to reclimb and discover more about ever root and branch,with other publications. It captures the endeavour of a truly monumental opportunity for humanity to progress,or slide again into the morass of narrative over truth.

  • Wings on My Sleeve

  • The World's Greatest Test Pilot Tells His Story
  • By: Eric 'Winkle' Brown
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

The autobiography of one of the greatest pilots in history. In 1939 Eric Brown was on a University of Edinburgh exchange course in Germany, and the first he knew of the war was when the Gestapo came to arrest him. They released him, not realising he was a pilot in the RAF volunteer reserve - and the rest is history. Eric Brown joined the Fleet Air Arm and went on to be the greatest test pilot in history, flying more different aircraft types than anyone else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great read!

  • By Jay Grady on 02-07-16

This excellent memoir is his only underachiement.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-11-18

Spectacular in his place in time ,a flight introduction with Udet in pre ww2 Germany.The low health and safety of the birth of the jet age . His obvious gifts as a naturally outstanding pilot the book leaves a nagging doubt ,that with better advise and a little teasing in interview, you could be reading an absolute barn stormer.
The remarkable achievements of this man in aviation are beyond comparison by a clear distance.... worth the price to hear his opinions on virtually all the machines flown in ww2 by all sides.
Just can't help thinking there was so much more in entertainment to winkle out of the Winkle.