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

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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 inva
Kindle Edition, 142 pages
Published April 9th 2015 by DTZ History Publications
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Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it
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 along the Atlantic Wall. A decade later he tracked down some of the troops he had visited and spoke again with those he had interviewed. Then, in the following year 1955, he died. Holger Eckhertz has assembled his grandfather’s material and presents it here in this book. We are given interviews with ...more
David Eppenstein
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
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 invasion was like from the German perspective. The interviewer was journalist working for the Nazi government at the time of the initial interviews which were to be used in an article in a military magazine. Because of the invasion the article was never written and the interviews remained unused until ...more
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 conversations.
Nikola Jankovic
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
“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, nakon što ih je uredio unuk novinara koji je obavljao intervjue pre 60+ godina, a pre toga 1944. posetio pozicije istih tih vojnika na plažama Francuske.

Zanimljivo je dobro poznatu istoriju čitati kroz oči “neprijatelja” i gubitnika u ratu. Često razmišljam o običnim vojnicima Wehrmachta, koji su se našli
Ellen Trautner
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 invasion on D-Day. The interviews were actually done by the author's father, who was a journalist for the Reich during the war, and wrote propaganda pieces for German magazines to improve morale. He went to Normandy during the early part of 1944 and interviewed lots of soldiers manning the western d ...more
David Lowther
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 and other ranks, were collected by the author's grandfather, a military journalist who had visited the Atlantic Wall before D Day, who tracked down some survivors in 1954 and recorded their memories of D Day.
Each of the survivors was stationed on a different landing beach and their recollections cer
Dave Gladwin
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 but I have always thought, imagine seeing it coming at you. One of the interesting perspectives of this book is that the author's grandfather had interviewed soldiers across the Atlantic wall prior to the invasion as propaganda for military publications, and then was able to interview the survivors ...more
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 had visited and spoke again with those he had interviewed. He died in 1955.

Holger Eckhertz has assembled his grandfather’s interviews and this is what is contained in 'D DAY Through German Eyes - The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944'.

There is one account from each of the five beach landings (Utah, Om
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 see about D-Day or the entire Second World War itself is depicted from the Allied perspective. This short but powerful book gives a fresh look at a battle that seems to many of us quite familiar. The horrors of the battle, the fear and also the compassion present on the German side are presented wi ...more
Paige Ellen Stone
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 when I was maybe seven, when a friend and I were playing with a toy metal tank. The turret came off and my friend's dad picked it up, saw that it was made from and inverted Maxwell House Coffee can and it said, "Made in Japan," and he threw it out! My friend's dad was a U.S. Marine who saw action at ...more
Amanda--A Scientist Reads
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This is a short graphic compilation of the average German solider's perspective of multiple beach landings on D-day. Having read and watched a lot from the allies' POV, it was interesting to hear the information the average German soldier knew about the landing, and how they as an individual and as a larger group reacted when the shells started to fall. Their shift when they view the full beach and it goes from an "attack" to an invasion and how that affected many of their group psychologically. ...more
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book will change the way you think about war. One arbitrary atrocity after another, this book tells it like it is. It's random. It's horrendously random. It's randomly horrendous. Based on interviews of German soldiers who fought in France on June 6 1944, it's a surprisingly dispassionate series of accounts. But the clinical detachment does nothing to hide the brutal horror of it all. Pair with Keegan's more academic, more thoughtful "The Face of Battle" for a transformative synthesis.
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book gave to me exactly what I was looking for when I read the description, the Normandy invasion through German eyes. When I read about Normandy, which is usually my go to timeframe, I often wonder what the Germans were thinking during that time. While this is a small sample of five German Soldiers telling their story, it gets the point across on what they felt, what they saw, and which direction they felt the war was going before, as well as after the war. I highly recommend for anyone lo ...more
Hatim Qa
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
It is always good to see through things from the point of view of others and I think that this book captures this idea very well. In this compilation of interviews one thing that I found to be repeated by the interviewees is that Americans will probably do the same if they were in their place. It is a thought provoking and quite gruesome look at the war.

كتاب فيه مقابلات مع عدة ألمان ممن حاربوا يوم D Day وهو اليوم الي نزلت فيه قوات التحالف الأمريكية في نورمندي لتحرير فرنسا من الإحتلال الألماني،
Mary Ann
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-politics
I am a great fan of WWII nonfiction, including military and political history, biography, and memoir, as well as historical fiction of the period. I found this book utterly absorbing, a series of interviews of German soldiers and their first-hand accounts of the events of D-Day. This is not for the faint of heart or those readers who eschew graphic violence. Each of the accounts is intriguing in its own way. The interviewees vary in age, education, experience, and role in the military, but there ...more
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
During the Second World War Mr. Dieter Eckhertz was a German war reporter, who on the tenth anniversary of the D day in 1954, interviewed 5 German soldiers he has met when the ‘Atlantic Wall’ was being built and survived the D Day; or as Germans referred to it ‘The Invasion of France’ or ‘The Normandy Attack.’
It shall be pointed out the remarkable conviction of every one interviewed, that they were defending France and with it a United Europe.
Also deserves to mention that all 5 interviewees are
Todd Haines
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great alternate perspective on the D Day event of the War. This definitely gives perspective. The only thing I caught myself doing is routing for the other team (The Allies). The author summarizes some of the common themes from the Germans at the end of the book and it is pretty interesting what they are and a bit surprising. I may now add the next book in the series to my list.
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mixed feelings about this, interesting enough to read although it does get a little repetitive across the five interviews. However the further I got through the more I questioned whether or not it was actual non-fiction. So I started looking and it appears others have had the same thought.

All five interviewees have a very similar narrative voice, and I really questioned how they remembered the events in the way they did and detail they did a decade later. This could be down to heavy editing by
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a collection of interviews with German soldiers who were at Normandy on D-Day by a German journalist. Amazing to hear the experience from the other side then we normally see it portrayed. What stuck out to me was how the soldiers interviewed we're not necessarily sympathetic to the Nazi cause, but they were thinking they were defending Europe from invaders.
Chris DiLeo
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
A captivating read, especially for military buffs. The book is a series of interviews with Germans who fought on D-Day. It is brutal in its honesty and quite fascinating (and horrifying). The book is not aggrandizing war—it is simply telling it as it was through people who were there.
Joshua O'connor
Feb 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
I believe this book is a work of fiction, as does historian Jonathan Gawneon in his Amazon review dated October 28, 2015. I further FEAR it is neo-Nazi propaganda.
Daniel Pryjma
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting book. I liked how it just let the soldiers tell the story from their perspective without rewriting it, it's just a collection of interviews. Also, the way the soldiers have come around to their previous way of thinking. Definitely recommend it.
John Doyle
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
This book adds depth to the cliche that history is written by the victors. I've read a lot of WWII history and none of it had captured the perspectives of mainstream German soldiers in the way D Day Through German Eyes does it. In interviews with German soldiers who manned artillery bunkers on D Day in Normandy, Eckhertz captures the echoes of German propaganda in the soldiers' earnest accounts of defending a united Europe against British and American aggression. The book is a short worthwhile r ...more
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating nonfiction read consisting of interviews of German soldiers who attempted to stave the invasion of the Allies at Normandy on D-Day. The Germans were not surprised that the Allies invaded France in the summer of 1944, however, they were surprised that the Allies did not attempt an invasion through Pas de Calais, which is where they geared their defense.

This first book is extremely graphic in the soldiers' descriptions of the decimation of their comrades by Allied weaponry.
Feb 14, 2017 rated it liked it
A straightforward and simple perspective of D-Day from the less-often heard side that reminds you why war stinks.
Nicolette Harding
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
The authors grandfather interviews German soldiers in 1955, 10 years after visiting batteriers or Atlantic Wall they built on the shores of France.
I've never met a German who would speak openly if not at all about the time period so this was interesting to read. Most striking was one soldier says running back to his tank he saw a fellow German soldier lying.dead with a dead Canadian soldier. The German said they looked the same, he couldnt tell them apart except for their uniforms. It.only regi
Anna Ballard
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, war, e-books
This book was very interesting as it gave the personal stories of the men on the front lines (in the bunkers) one from each of the five beaches. It was in interview form as the man planning the book was a journalist, interviewing the men about ten years after the war. The stories were quite similar as they were in the bunkers that were supposed keep the invaders off the beaches. The last one was a lieutenant in charge of a battery for bigger guns (which had not been delivered yet) and was a litt ...more
Hector Altamirano
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, war-memoirs
I've always been curious to hear about German side of the war, I'm tired of the whole media demonizing Germans when they, as the Americans, British and rest of the allies, were mostly just soldiers performing their duties for their country. These were not SS soldiers and maybe most or many of them didn't even know how crazy was Hitler and maybe never even supported de Nazis.
This book is a great piece of story that should be read by more and more people so we can have a better understanding of t
Clinton Grider
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting to see this battle through the eyes of German soldiers for each of the beaches. Instead of an overall strategic look at things, the book is translated from interviews done with German soldiers who were stationed on the beaches on D-day. Since most of the material I have read had been from the Allied side of things, it was enlightening to read something from the German side and see the feelings of their soldiers in the trenches. Although reading about how horrifying it was for th ...more
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, non-fiction, war
Really enjoyed reading about D Day from the German soldiers that were there and were lucky enough to live through it. Were stories from a soldier that defended each beach in their own words from an interviews that took place ten years after. Interesting to find that these soldiers saw themselves as defending France from invaders. They didn't view themselves as occupiers of France but defenders of a unified Europe. Was also interesting to hear about the many Russians that fought for Germany. Reco ...more
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“It is overlooked, perhaps forgotten, by almost everyone today that we were there to defend Europe against the multiple threats represented by the Allies. We saw the British as an outdated Imperial force, organised by freemasons, who sought to turn the clock back one hundred years to the days when their word was the law around the world. Why should they be entitled to install their freemason puppet, De Gaulle, in France, to rule as a proxy? The Vichy government had three consistent points in its propaganda regarding the threats to the French people: these were De Gaulle, freemasonry and communism. As for the American state, we perceived that as controlled by the forces of international finance and banking, who wished to abolish national governments and have the world run by banks and corporations.” 2 likes
“D DAY – Through German Eyes’ has fascinated readers around the world with its insight into the German experience of June 6th 1944. Now, Book 2 contains a completely different set of astonishing German testimonies from the same archive.” 1 likes
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