One centres upon the interviewees use of the term 'Tobruk' bunker to describe their 2 man prefabricated machine gun posts; the use of this term was not a German but an Allied one. I have seen Holocaust Deniers do that — it's the only way they can make their bullshit stick obviously. He had no specific details about numbers or strength, but this appeared to be a very large attacking force. It also gives an insight into the actions of the allies which at times are more vicious and cold than we are used to seeing them as. There are accounts from a Luftwaffe pilot who was one of the first to witness the Allied armada from the air, and stories from foot soldiers, military police and panzer crews who fought desperately to hold back the beach landings and airborne assaults.
Features Feature posts are posted weekly. Numerous blog posts point to the inaccuracy of these books and one reviewer on Amazon aptly points out that none of these books mentions the specific units the people from whom these recollections allegedly come is mentioned — a further sign that this is bogus. I told him that we should get up out of the trench and join the fight from there. I found this book fascinating! We found this fascinating, and we formed an impression of an unstoppable power that would simply roll over any obstacle. There narratives from at least six soldiers and he gave each distinct characteristics and nuances so you got a sense of each of their background and disposition from their voice.
This is a grim listen. With an elaborate back story of how these accounts were collected. It is a clever idea to interview the German soldiers that manned the defenses on D day. 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. I was fascinated reading these accounts from German soldiers about their experiences on D-Day. I was fascinated reading these accounts from German soldiers about their experiences on D-Day.
All I knew was the U. It was hard to be specific about one particular thing to refute as I am not an expert. What were their experiences on facing the tanks, the flamethrowers and the devastating air superiority of the Allies? The results are testimonials that are still raw, disturbing, enlightening, brutally honest and at the same time deeply thought provoking. Depicting a running tank engagement lasting 72 hours, Faust describes how his Tiger unit fought pitched battles in the snows of Western Russia against the full might of the Red Army. The Germans were incredibly afraid of flamethrowers, both mobile and those mounted on tanks. His whole body was convulsing in response to the injury, and is it thrashed about he set off another mine under his body.
I enjoyed the book but it appears to be more fiction than fact. The interviews reveal just how overwhelming the onslaught was for the defenders and some of the recollections highlight the horrors of war. There is a general of surprise and shock at the overwhelming firepower, equipment and aggression of the Allied invaders. Several crew-members emerge from the hatches in at once our machine gun teams open fire The machine gunner shot wildly at first and three of the crew were able to jump clear. Well, even those of us who believed that the Allies could be thrown out of France fell silent when we saw the way the Americans were organised, and the resources they had to work with. Write , and , Using. I was fascinated to see a second book by the same author which I have just downloaded and will review later.
Reading their words about what things were like leading up to June 6 and the events that unfolded around them gave me pause. The Germans were absolutely astonished at the size of the invasion fleet. Bertrand Russell, 1872 - 1970. Strikingly handsome and impeccably dressed, he was germophobic and never shook hands. Overall I found both books compelling and informative of facts from a conflict which has shaped and influenced Europe to this day. The Germans were afraid of the P-47s, the Hurricanes, the Mitchell Medium Bombers and heavy bombers. Recurring themes that stood out to me: - they were defending a 'United Europe' created by Germany; - the actions of allied soldiers - prisoners were not always taken; - defenders at the beachheads were regarded as expendable holding troops by those further inland; - the allies utterly overwhelming close air support.
A good twenty acres of tented booths. Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one - the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts. Idly walking is not enough for those with high intelligence, inquisitive minds and a deep thirst for knowledge. Each interview is presented as a series of questions relating to the interviewees experience primarily on the day of 6 June; thus the narrative is more of a discussion vice a story. We all have seen that sad film clip of Allies coming ashore on Omaha Beach and systematically cut down. The gunners kept firing and those two tank men over there shot and ripped to shreds with their limbs falling off in their bodies exploding with spurts of flying.
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. The interviews take place 10 years after the landings and have been translated. But the discussion is just that - forum posts. My grandfather had been a German propaganda journalist in 1944 and had visited the Atlantic Wall under construction. The descriptions did not tally in my opinion.
Verdict: Well presented and insightful, an interesting oral history from the other side of history. Does a great job of humanizing the German soldier. The German soldier is humanized to the American reader. But, what of the man in the trench, with dust in his eyes, while the man beside him has skin burned away and dies in the horrifying hell of being burned alive by white phosphorous? No, I listen when I drive Any additional comments? The approach was mined, and in our haste one of the two men with me when off the bat and onto the minefield. Please read our and before posting! He wrote his illicit diary on any scraps of paper he could lay his hands on.
The third account describes a bunker that does not seem to be documented. War is brutal, unforgiving destruction, formed by grand strategies, over which the men and women who fight the war have little control, and their efforts are mostly forgotten. This is definately the most comprehensive response I've seen online. The personal experiences of those who fight and die is seldom in the history books, and not at all in the high school classroom. The details of the numerous men on both sides who were blown to bits or terribly injured is sickening. Following the war, in 1954, while no longer a reporter, he decided to follow up with individuals from those units he had visited in order to capture their recollections and experiences of D-Day now that the passage of time had provided some distance between the events.