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D DAY Through German Eyes - The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944 Paperback – November 4, 2016
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My grandfather had been a German propaganda journalist in 1944, and had visited the Atlantic Wall under construction. He was also a veteran of the German Army in World War One, and so his background enabled him to build a strong rapport with the interviewees, many of whom had not spoken of their experiences even with their own families.
The result is a series of interviews which reveal not only the desperate reactions of German soldiers to the Allied onslaught, but also the surprising mix of motivations which drove them.
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 4, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 330 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1539586391
- ISBN-13 : 978-1539586395
- Item Weight : 15.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.75 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #96,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1) Almost graphic level of wound description, real vets do not write like that.
2) Same voice used throughout the book. It was the work of one author alone, not 10 year old recollections as described.
3) Does not read like translated German text. From the grammar and style it reads like it was written in English.
4) use of terms/phrases not common to 1940s or 1950s speech, very much post 2000 phases.
5) advertisement of the last Panther book, another obvious fake in the book. Supposedly different publishers.
6) Unit appearing at the beaches/behind the beaches that were not there by official unit histories.
7) A misunderstanding of German doctrine that was obvious in the focus on machine gun fire and absolute lack of any discussion of rifle use. The Germans were one of the more rifle centric infantry forces in WWII, the author seems to have formed his view of static Infantry fighting form watching the 1960s combat series.
8) lack of any corresponding German text publishing history.
I was taken by this fake, be aware there are increasing volumes published recently like this.
Oh - this book: It's a fantastic read from beginning to end. You should not be disappointed.
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OK every account in it has two names, the interviewer and the Interviewee. All other persons mentioned in the book have no names, no named locations etc.
For example Germans brought over to the UK and interned in camps, no mention of where they were. Stories of working in local towns but no name of the town etc. So all the people interviewed are suffering from some major form of memory loss.
Commanding officers are never named, comrades are never named... not one. It isn't censorship its just faked.
The 'combat' reads like a comic book and also repeats itself from different 'sources'.
There are also far too many military inaccuracies.
No references anywhere in the book.
The so called relative (Holger Ekertz) who worked for Signal the Nazi WW2 magazine for the troops never seems to have existed and isn't mentioned in the Signal archives (go online search yourself it's all there to read).
It's just someones made up fantasy of what it may have been like for the Germans on D-Day in Europe.
Ahh, but then, after finishing all 330 pages, it soon became clear there are serious doubts about the author's credentials; his grandfather's existence; the existence of the original German text; the authenticity of supposed British war atrocities (including the Raid On St Nazarre and the decapitation by barbed wire of German sentry guards by Commandos); the exact location of several POW camps in America & England; the records of named German soldiers defending the Atlantic Wall; the records of the propaganda magazines supposedly written for by said author's grandfather; and the historical existence of a Nazi superweapon that could have obliterated thousands of allied troops in one single blast wave.
So, it now seems I may have actually read a very good novel about D-Day, rather than anything factual. And, also, quite possibly, a racist novel at that, considering, in hindsight, we British are consistently trashed upon with tales of murder, viciousness, untrustworthyness, and being worse captors than the Americans.
So, a brilliant book when first read. Now, possibly, an utterly dishonest pile of ****.