[[ Download ePUB ]] D-Day Through German Eyes: How the Wehrmacht Lost FranceAuthor Jonathan Trigg – Hometrainer-tests.de

Everyone is familiar with the story of D Day and the triumphal liberation of France by the Allies a barbaric enemy was defeated by Allied ingenuity, courage and overwhelming military force, helped by dreadful German command errors and the terrible state of Wehrmacht forces in the West but is this all true The Wehrmacht was hugely experienced, equipped with some of the best weaponry of the war and was holding its own in Italy and Russia at the time Berlin knew the invasion was coming and had had years to prepare for it So how did the Germans view the impending invasion and campaign, did they feel ready, what forces did they have and could they have done better Previous histories have focused on the clash of the generals the battle between von Runstedt and Eisenhower, Montgomery and Rommel, but on the German side in particular this was a battle that would be fought by divisional and regimental commanders the German D Day colonels upon whom the real business of trying to defeat the invasion fell it was they and their men, outnumbered and outgunned, who somehow held Normandy for ten whole weeks against the greatest seaborne invasion force ever assembled, and occasionally even came close to defeating it In the end they lost, and the majority of these unsung leaders ended up killed, wounded or captured in the fighting As for their men, they ranged from lite Waffen SS stormtroopers through to bewildered teenagers, old men, recycled invalids and even anti communist Eastern legions Written from the other side and told through the words of the veterans, this book is a revelation

10 thoughts on “D-Day Through German Eyes: How the Wehrmacht Lost France

  1. Bobby Smith Bobby Smith says:

    I know there are a plethora of books released about Normandy this year but this is the one to get, if you can only stomach one book on the subject Even though I have dozens of books on Normandy l still found loads of new information within this German slanted effort, from both a strategic and landsers on the ground point of view The sheer brutality and attrition of the campaign is really brought out and one can only wonder how the Germans lasted as long as they did, before capitulation at the hands of the Americans after Cobra As ever, Trigg gets right into the mix and makes the reader empathise with soldiers at a human level, despite the evil regime they fought for A really good book and his best effort yet.

  2. R. Gill R. Gill says:

    Not a good book if you know the basics of the German Army For starters, the author appears to be unaware that German panzer divisions never had three battalions in each panzergrenadier regiment but that this was a feature of the panzergrenadier divisions.The reason why the Waffen SS divisions had three battalions of infantry in each regiment was because these were originally raised as motorised infantry divisions, which became panzergrenadier divisions as at Kursk and were renamed as panzer divisions but kept the extra battalions.The author claims to have used original and new sources but aside from some interviews with German personnel later in life, this is largely a lazy rehash of existing historiography 2 5, see me after class

  3. Callum Callum says:

    Not sure if I d recommend this In its favour there is some new eye witness testimony and his insight into the fighting effectiveness of the Germans is interesting, informed by his experience as a junior leader His training undoubtedly having elements of Auftragstaktik Also his stating of the allies playing to their strengths is valid Some of his stuff on non Germans is interesting.I was worried from his bibliography he d be some kind of Waffen SS Nazi fanboy which he isn t, though to my mind he underplays atrocities such as Oradour sur Glan On the downside many of his references are lifted straight from better authors such as Hastings who interviewed some of the long dead protagonists while they d have been not very old He tries Holland s journalistic, interested in the people style but he isn t as good as him, or Hastings, Beevor, Keeganet al.It s patchy, vignettes, focus on D Day and Falaise rather than the whole campaign and given his description of Wittmann s demise is inaccurate and unreferenced I wonder at the veracity of some of the rest That said, if you have the time and read with a critical eye, it does add something to the story of the Normandy campaign.

  4. L Mina L Mina says:

    I enjoyed this book My Dad went over to Normandy on the Mulberry Harbour, I read a lot of WW2 history from the Allies perspective so thought it was time to read something form the German side Saw another side of the German war machine.

  5. malcolm palmer malcolm palmer says:

    Started with a little to much hindsight but soon settled down with an interesting view and some interesting factsworth a read.

  6. Tara B Tara B says:

    Really enjoyed it.Good to read a book which presented the human side to the German perspective.Also fair assessment of German errors of the Atlantic wall,fortress Europe and the unwise rule of defend all and defend nothing.Fair to the Americans AND The Other allies The USA didn t win Normandy alone.

  7. anthony anthony says:

    It was good to see D DAY from a German point of view The book explains in simple language, why it went so wrong for the Germans on a day they should have had the upper hand.

  8. Darren Darren says:

    A great book on the D Day landings and Normandy campaign from the German point of view, very recommended,

  9. Jeff Martin Jeff Martin says:

    There are a lot of good anecdotes in the book, giving you a lot of tactical things that happened, if not a lot of strategic things What makes this book difficult to read is the structure of the writing some pages have one paragraph, and it just makes it difficult to read Also, I haven t figured out why some numbers are written in letters, and others in numbers themselves My favorite, towards the end of the book, was a third of a million men Possibly just pretentious, but regardless, just complicates the writing.

  10. Michael P. Mcintire Michael P. Mcintire says:

    Numerous mistakes, jumps around.