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Review: D DAY Through German Eyes – The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944

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D DAY Through German Eyes - The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944
D DAY Through German Eyes – The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944 by Holger Eckhertz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

D Day Through German Eyes is a short book that was begun in the years after World War II and completed more recently by the author’s grandson. It is composed of interviews, a total of five – one for each of the landing beaches, that the author, a German journalist did with members of units he had visited prior to the Normandy Invasion. The key is that all five of the interviews are with platoon level officers or enlisted men, not staff level officers, so you get a frontline view of the invasion, not the view from a behind the lines command post. All of the interviewees seemed to be frank and open, expressing what their motivations and impressions were.

I strongly recommend this book as an additional point of view of the D-Day invasion of Normandy for those who are already familiar with the battle. Much of the literature on the topic is from the Allied point of view and from a higher ranking point of view; getting the perspective of German soldiers who were at the tip of the spear is enlightening. Of particular interest to me was the final chapter in which conclusions were drawn from the soldiers’ testimony. It definitely expanded my knowledge of June 6, 1944.

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