D Day Through German Eyes The Hidden Story Of June 6th 1944

Author: Holger Eckhertz
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781539586395
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This new paperback edition contains Book One and Book Two of this series, revealing 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. But what was it like to be a German soldier in the bunkers of the Normandy coast, facing the onslaught of the mightiest 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? 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 what was facing them, and emerged stunned at the weaponry and sheer determination of the Allied troops. 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.

D Day Through German Eyes

Author: Benjamin Simon
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781533613950
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NOTE: THIS BOOK IS AN UNOFFICIAL SUMMARY OF THE ORIGINAL BOOK AND IT IS NOT WRITTEN BY HOLGER ECKHERTZ Many people have longed to see the hidden facts associated with the occurrences on the D-Day for many years to no avail. But Holger Eckhertz has done a fantastic job in shedding light to and uncovering the intriguing aspects of the story. Therefore, it is a pleasure to bring you concise and summarized form of these fascinating pieces of information in such a way as to guarantee maximum benefit in the shortest possible time. The events narrated in this book is a compilation by a Military Journalist who wrote widely read articles and features for German troops. He retired after the war to work on this project; a compilation of interviews he conducted with German soldiers who fought in Normandy on the famed "D-day." This book was inspired by the initial interviews he conducted of the troops tasked with defending the Atlantic Wall from the invading Allies. After the Germans lost that battle-and consequently the war-their side of the story was never heard. The journalist then decided to locate the members of some of the units he interviewed before the battle in a bid to hear their side of the story and write a book based on these. Unfortunately, he died before he could complete the book. His son saw the folder that contained his father's research and he decided to finish it; what he found was a shocking narrative of how the battle looked from the eyes of the soldiers that tried to defend the Wall on that day. It contained stories of how the troops fought resolutely for hours to keep their ground even as they saw the impending loss. The Allied forces invaded by way of 5 Normandy beaches; from the Utah beach in the west to the Sword beach in the east (the beaches were named so by the invading Allies). This book contains one narrative for each beach and it aims to reveal the other side of the story. Winners live to tell the tales of how a war went, but in this case, you have the opportunity to hear the story from the mouth of the vanquished and it is a fascinating tale indeed.

Landing On The Edge Of Eternity Twenty Four Hours At Omaha Beach

Author: Robert Kershaw
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1681779315
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A visceral and momentous narrative of the first twenty-four hours of D-Day on Omaha Beach: the most dramatic Allied landing of World War II. Before World War II, Normandy’s Plage d’Or coast was best known for its sleepy villages and holiday destinations. Early in 1944, German commander Field Marshal Erwin Rommel took one look at the gentle, sloping sands and announced "They will come here!” He was referring to "Omaha Beach”—the prime American D-Day landing site. The beach was subsequently transformed into three miles of lethal, bunker-protected arcs of fire, with seaside chalets converted into concrete strongpoints, fringed by layers of barbed wire and mines. The Germans called it “the Devil's Garden." When Company A of the US 116th Regiment landed on Omaha Beach in D-Day’s first wave on 6th June 1944, it lost 96% of its effective strength. Sixteen teams of US engineers arriving in the second wave were unable to blow the beach obstacles, as first wave survivors were still sheltering behind them. This was the beginning of the historic day that Landing on the Edge of Eternity narrates hour by hour—rom midnight to midnight—tracking German and American soldiers fighting across the beachhead. Mustered on their troop transport decks at 2am, the American infantry departed in landing craft at 5am. Skimming across high waves, deafened by immense broadsides from supporting battleships and weak from seasickness, they caught sight of land at 6.15. Eleven minutes later, the assault was floundering under intense German fire. Two and a half hours in, General Bradley, commanding the landings aboard USS Augusta, had to decide if to proceed or evacuate. On June 6th there were well over 2,400 casualties on Omaha Beach – easily D-Day’s highest death toll. The Wehrmacht thought they had bludgeoned the Americans into bloody submission, yet by mid-afternoon, the American troops were ashore. Why were the casualties so grim, and how could the Germans have failed? Juxtaposing the American experience—pinned down, swamped by a rising tide, facing young Wehrmacht soldiers fighting desperately for their lives, Kershaw draws on eyewitness accounts, memories, letters, and post-combat reports to expose the true horrors of Omaha Beach. These are stories of humanity, resilience, and dark humor; of comradeship and a gritty patriotism holding beleaguered men together. Landing on the Edge of Eternity is a dramatic historical ride through an amphibious landing that looked as though it might never succeed.

Memoirs Of A Surgeon In World War Ii

Author: Kay Das
Publisher: Page Publishing Inc
ISBN: 1642147141
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This collection of firsthand anecdotes is probably no different to many others from a war front, World War II and others. There are definitely other published recollections of the same war fronts from different perspectives and nationalities. This work is, however, not just a recollection of military history and facts. These memoirs describe growing up, training to become a doctor, a love of poetry and music, falling in love, unexpectedly being sent to war, and then returning to witness unabated cruelty in his native land. These are recounted from the perspectives of a healer, a surgeon. Such experiences need to be brought to the attention of the reading world to emphasize the futility of war. Many decades later humans continue to develop and build arms to annihilate fellow humans for reasons of ideology, religion, or definition of national boundaries. The pain, suffering, and the ultimate sacrifice made by the souls that perished would be forgotten and would be futile were it not for publications of this genre. We cannot forget. It is estimated that over sixty million men and women, military and civilian, western and eastern fronts, died in the War. Indian military casualties are estimated at eighty-eight thousand. The US and Great Britain each lost around four hundred thousand souls. World War II ended in 1945, but this story continues with his return to the Indian subcontinent, where he experienced the painful and bloody partition of India and Pakistan as the British departed after centuries of colonial rule. He continued to witness atrocities as humanity had seemingly not learnt from the war. He describes seeing more pain and suffering, now a full-fledged surgeon in his homeland. He and his young family escaped at the last minute to the Indian side of the border in 1947 by the skin of their teeth.

Bolt Action Campaign D Day Overlord

Author: Warlord Games
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472839145
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From the scaling of Pointe-du-Hoc and the assault on Pegasus Bridge, to the landings on the Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword beaches, this new Campaign Book for Bolt Action allows players to take command of the Allied Forces or those of the defending Axis. Featuring new linked scenarios, rules, troop types, and Theatre Selectors, this volume provides plenty of options for both novice and veteran players looking to recreate these famous battles and begin the liberation of Europe.

The Devil S Garden

Author: Steven Zaloga
Publisher: Stackpole Books
ISBN: 0811712281
Size: 46.56 MB
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• Fresh look at D-Day, one of World War II's pivotal battles, in time for its 70th anniversary in June 2014 • Explains why the U.S. Army suffered enormous casualties on Omaha Beach • Focuses on Erwin Rommel, the Desert Fox, who oversaw German defenses in Normandy • Covers little-known aspects such as the German patrols tasked with shooting down the pigeons the French Resistance used to send messages to the Allies • Relies on original research, including recently discovered German artillery maps • Zaloga's well-supported conclusions are sure to spark debate

D Day

Author: Giles Milton
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 147364903X
Size: 57.14 MB
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'Vivid, graphic and moving' Mail on Sunday Book of the Year 'It has a wonderful immediacy and vitality - living history in every sense' Anthony Horowitz 'Fantastic' Dan Snow 'Compellingly authentic, revelatory and beautifully written. A gripping tour de force' Damien Lewis 'Stirring and unsettling in equal measure, this is history writing at its most powerful' Evening Standard Almost seventy-five years have passed since D-Day, the day of the greatest seaborne invasion in history. The outcome of the Second World War hung in the balance on that chill June morning. If Allied forces succeeded in gaining a foothold in northern France, the road to victory would be open. But if the Allies could be driven back into the sea, the invasion would be stalled for years, perhaps forever. An epic battle that involved 156,000 men, 7,000 ships and 20,000 armoured vehicles, the desperate struggle that unfolded on 6 June 1944 was, above all, a story of individual heroics - of men who were driven to keep fighting until the German defences were smashed and the precarious beachheads secured. Their authentic human story - Allied, German, French - has never fully been told. Giles Milton's bold new history narrates the day's events through the tales of survivors from all sides: the teenage Allied conscript, the crack German defender, the French resistance fighter. From the military architects at Supreme Headquarters to the young schoolboy in the Wehrmacht's bunkers, D-Day: The Soldiers' Story lays bare the absolute terror of those trapped in the frontline of Operation Overlord. It also gives voice to those hitherto unheard - the French butcher's daughter, the Panzer Commander's wife, the chauffeur to the General Staff. This vast canvas of human bravado reveals 'the longest day' as never before - less as a masterpiece of strategic planning than a day on which thousands of scared young men found themselves staring death in the face. It is drawn in its entirety from the raw, unvarnished experiences of those who were there.

Eyes Only

Author: Andrew Rawson
Publisher: History PressLtd
ISBN: 9780752462905
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Collects the correspondence that took place between the two Generals, as well as input from such key politicians as Roosevelt and Churchill, between December 1943 and December 1945 as campaigns swept across the European theater.