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D DAY Through German Eyes

The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944
Auteur(s): Holger Eckhertz
Narrateur(s): P. J. Ochlan
Série: D Day Through German Eyes, Livre 1
Durée: 6 h et 4 min
Catégories: Histoire, Militaire
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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.

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

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Powerful and Eye Opening

If you are a military history enthusiast, then you likely watched 'Saving Private Ryan.' The first part of that film gave the Allied perspective (as horrible as it was), as they struggled to establish a foothold on the beaches of Normandy. Through all of the Allied suffering, the audience gets glimpses of some of the consequences experienced by the Germans (bunkers burned out with flame throwers, Germans being shot in their trenches while trying to escape ...). This book by Eckhertz, provides excellent accounts, based on first person interviews, of those whose duty it was to defend the beaches. The accounts are very descriptive and very disturbing, but also very compelling. The impact of air power cannot be understated.
It is also of interest that these interviews were conducted only 10 years after D Day so the perspectives of the Germans are quite interesting and I think quite honest considering their views at the time. For example, the belief that they were not an occupying force in France but defenders of a 'United Europe .' I don't think that the French saw it that way ...
This book provides a great perspective from the 'other side,' and should not be missed if you truly have an interest in the 'Day of Days.'

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  • John Lindsey
  • 2016-05-22

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.

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  • raisins
  • 2016-06-12

fake

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.

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  • agarista
  • 2016-11-01

Ludicrous accent

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.

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  • Patrice Mackey
  • 2019-06-24

Fake book - fiction not history

This book has been debunked as a hoax. The story that this was taken from eyewitness accounts does not stand up to any level of scrutiny. There is no record of the author’s relative working for the German press as stated and the language and “voice” of the supposed interviewees does not line up with the era. Please investigate before purchasing.

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  • TCB
  • 2019-03-04

It’s FAKE.

This entire book is a fake. The stories are made up. How disappointing.
Look it up before buying.

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  • Darrel Bishop
  • 2018-09-10

D-Day through fictional eyes

This is likely an entertaining fiction. I cannot find corroborating evidence for his stories or anything about the author.

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  • Tomas Lechuga
  • 2016-07-18

Great perspective!!

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!!

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  • Dan
  • 2016-08-09

A set of honest and frank accounts

A set of honest and frank accounts that allow you to draw your own conclusions on the motives of individuals and politics of the time. Essential reading.

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  • Chris
  • 2018-08-10

Fascinating Perspective

This is such a refreshing alternative perspective to all the writings about D-day. To hear the Germans views of the European front and how they viewed their cause is interesting.

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  • Todd Reed
  • 2018-04-27

Authentic?

Something didn’t feel right about the narrative. It seemed too much a narrative/adventure story. Could be true, I don’t know.

I don’t have time to check its veracity, so I’ll just put it on the Audible shelf and go to the next book.

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