The Germans in Normandy
"The Allied invasion of Northern France was the greatest combined operation in the history of warfare. Up until now it has been recorded from the attackers’ point of view whereas the defenders’ angle has been largely ignored.
While the Germans knew an invasion was inevitable, no-one knew where or when it would fall. Those manning Hitler’s mighty Atlantic Wall may have felt...more
The sensation of being grounded by industrial overkill is paramount, with WWI-style barrages by Montgomery and blood-curling accounts of Jabos grinding up entire convoys. The focus switches deftly from underneath the foliage hid ...more
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A very good book. Recounts the history of the DDay invasion, with a very cose look at the German viewpoint. The Allied viewpoint is not ignored, but it is more in the background. Let us day that 85% of the tale is from the German viewpoint, and we can read what Rommel thought, but also what the common landser thought and wrote in letters, diaries and other.
The tale is gripping and compelling, and you can feel very strongly how the German soldier went very quickly ...more
As I read I was impressed by how well Hargreaves captured the terror that the German troops must have felt nearly continuously once the Allied troops were ashore and their beachhead secure. I think this might well be the first book of its type that really hammered home that the war on the ground ...more
Well researched and well written. We always see the battles of the war from the perspective of the Allies while this book explains how the Germans lost so decisively and so quickly. It makes no excuses for the Germans and is not sympathetic to them or their ethos. But if you want to really understand Normandy and the German defeat read this book.
This book offers an excellent history lesson and in some parallels to current state of the US military. Highly technical, considered superior to their opposition but complacency combined with politics making military decisions sealed their defeat.
Both the Allied and German forces put most, if not all of their hopes for ending World War II on the battles over occupied France. Hargreaves does a masterful job of writing the history of D-Day to the final liberation of France from the German perspective. He talks about the logical hopelessness of the German defense, yet portrays the sheer wi ...more
I thought it was a sobering account of the fight for Normandy. The quotes from diaries and survivors made the book interesting and entertaining. The descriptions of conditions and events is very gruesome but it showed that facts are facts.
But beyo ...more
Well written and fast-paced, The Germans in Normandy belongs on every WWII student's bookshelf.
This book is written from the perspective of the common German soldiers. They never stood a chance in the west. If only Staphenberg had succeeded killing Hitler so many lives would have been saved. The common landser was betrayed by their leaders. In the end he fought for what every soldier fights for and that's the man next to him.