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

Last updated: June 27, 2019

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In our analysis of 30 expert reviews, the Holger Eckhertz D-DAY Through German Eyes - The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944 placed 4th when we looked at the top 7 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

D Day Through German Eyes’ presents the transcripts of interviews which my grandfather carried out with German veterans in 1954, on the tenth anniversary of D Day. These were German soldiers, engineers and Luftwaffe men who had experienced the opening hours of the Normandy beach landings, and they were able to recall those cataclysmic events in detail. 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.

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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. It definitely expanded my knowledge of June 6, 1944.
Overall I found the book compelling and informative of facts from a conflict which has shaped and influenced Europe to this day. Well worth the time to read.
The book is a treasure for Americans as we are not used to hearing about the views of the other side, especially in regards to World War II and the experience of the average soldier. The interviews remove the mask from the oft caricatured Wehrmacht soldier and put a human face on the German army that is often missing in most English language histories of the war. I actually wish there were more books like this to provide a more rounded picture of the combatants in World War II.
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