D DAY Through German Eyes - The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944

D DAY Through German Eyes - The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944

This is the hidden side of D Day which has fascinated readers 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 6th 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 6th.

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.

Book 2 in this unique series is also now available in e-book form.

Title:D DAY Through German Eyes - The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944
Format Type:

About Holger Eckhertz

How it works:
  • 1. Register a free 7 day subscription
  • 2. Access as many books as you like (Personal use)
  • 3. Cancel the membership at any time if not satisfied
  • 4. High speed access
  • 5. Unlimited access
  • 6. 100% legal
  • 7. No waiting time
  • 8. Secured and Anonymous

    D DAY Through German Eyes - The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944 Reviews

  • Chrissie

    Shortly before D-Day (June 6, 1944) the author's grandfather, a military journalist writing for widely read German military magazines such as Signal and Die Wehrmacht, interviewed soldiers stationed a...

  • David Eppenstein

    This book is a collection of 5 interviews with men in the German army stationed in Normandy on D-Day. Each soldier was stationed at one of the 5 invasion beaches and tells the interviewer what the inv...

  • Olivia

    Hard to read -- given the graphic details of battle -- but gaining perspective on "the other side" makes it worthwhile. Read it and you'll feel as though you're eavesdropping on five very candid conve...

  • Nikola Jankovic

    “Samo” skup intervjua. Obavljeni su 1954., deset godina nakon iskrcavanja u Normandiji, sa nemačkim vojnicima i oficirima koji su se nalazili na plažama Normandije. Ali objavljeni su tek skoro, ...

  • Ellen Trautner

    Wow, what a good book! And by good, I mean terribly awful. This is a collection of interviews with German soldiers, of varying rank and experience, who defended the Normandy beaches during the Allied ...

  • David Lowther

    D Day through German Eyes is an excellent short book comprising five accounts from men who were actually on the front line on June 6th. 1944.The recollections of the men, a mixture of junior officers ...

  • Dave Gladwin

    D-day has always fascinated me, I have always thought about what it was like for the German army in Normandy. We have always seen or read about the greatest invasion of all from the allied perspective...

  • Nigeyb

    Holger Eckhertz's grandfather, a military journalist, interviewed soldiers stationed along the Atlantic Wall shortly before D-Day (June 6, 1944). Ten years later he tracked down some of the troops he ...

  • Jim

    This is a remarkable and fascinating series of interviews with German soldiers who served on the Atlantic Wall in Normandy on the day of the Allied invasion of France in 1944. Most of what we read and...

  • Paige Ellen Stone

    What an absolutely fascinating book. I was born in 1950, and grew up in a world where people with German sounding names or who were of obvious Japanese descent were held in suspicion. I even remember ...