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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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? Fake

Please google search these books as there seems legitimate concern from historians that these stories are in fact fake and a work of fiction. Decide for yourself.

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Fiction

This is complete, unsourced, flagrant, fiction.

Events described, by conveniently all dead people, don’t match up to any recorded history.

And the author is a mystery.

It’s laughable nonsense.

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Fiction

What could be a great narrative is let down not only by the German accents which at times drove me to distraction, but by the fact this is total fiction. Those been interviewed remember minute details reference kit and equipment but never say their units or location. Typhoon mentioned in this book mentioned no where else. Dubious if the weapon was as powerful as is made out. Save your money and look elsewhere.

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Great if true but, but but…

I had no prior knowledge of this book which I picked out during an audible sale. I was really enjoying it and accepted it at face value as a genuine reportage of the German ground perspective of D Day. The stories were fascinating. I did wonder at the similarities in attitude of the various soldiers. It is hard to believe, for instance, the thesis that France was being defended by the Germans against bolshevism and then against invasion by the allies. I’m also sure the French would like to have been asked if they’d like to be invaded. There were also certain expressions and speech patterns that were repeated. However I put that down to translation.

The final chapter which is devoted to wonder weapons was by far the most significant. It was both chilling and suspect. The interviewee was supposedly involved with Taiphun B bombs which he claimed could take out several kilometres of armoured forces. This was a big deal that it was hard to believe that it had not been highlighted before. I thought it implausible in the extreme and, even allowing for delusional bragging by an interviewee, it made me suspicious, Surely this development would have been widely reported and such weapons would have been deployed in WW2 or later such as in Vietnam, if they had that power. I had never heard of this weapon so I looked it up online. It transpired that the primary reference was the book itself. It also emerged that the book has been dismissed as a hoax by WW2 historians and that there is no record of either the author or his grandfather, who purportedly did the interviews.

I don’t know what the truth is but I will not be reading any more of the series.


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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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Fact or fiction?

I can't decide if this is a collection of genuine war experiences or a work of fiction. It's probably the latter, although well informed in general, apart from the last chapter about a Nazi wonder weapon when the author seems to have been at the brandy. Not one for the committed historian, but an interesting listen.
The German accents are a little distracting/annoying.

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Facinating

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

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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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Would love to be able to find the author

I appreciated it until I looked for other books by the author.... then I fell down a rabbit hole of doubt to it’s authenticity.

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Hoax, but interesting exploration of perspectives

From all I can find online from reputable historians, the people and interviews in this book are entirely fabricated, particularly the Typhoon B discussion. The regiments and battles are correct, as well as confirmed reports of the atrocities described by both sides. Though it shouldn't advertise itself as non-fiction, it provides a plausible human perspective from German soldiers during D-Day itself,and how ultimately most were indoctrinated pawns of a horrible regime, and weren't necessarily evil as individuals, though there were of course (and shown in this book) fully informed and aware supporters of it.

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  • Clay McCreary
  • 03-08-16

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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  • Tyler J.
  • 26-04-16

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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  • maria neus
  • 07-06-16

Interesting contrarian views.

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

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  • Mr. A
  • 07-05-18

Why the german accent?

These are incredibly interesting stories, but why are they read with a strong german accent?

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  • William Kendall
  • 19-05-16

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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  • Eric Rogers
  • 02-08-17

great accounts, bad accents

great accounts, but the narrators accents were a bit over the top. would have been more palatable without it.

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  • Randall
  • 27-04-17

Soviet defectors

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

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  • Phil D.
  • 22-09-16

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
  • 12-09-16

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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  • 22-07-16

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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