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A Bit Suspect,
This review is from: It Never Snows in September: The German View of Market-Garden and the Battle of Arnhem September 1944 (Hardcover)
I read this well written book with great interest, but ultimately found it rather dull. Facts and figures unkown to me that are probably true and very thought provoking are ruined by the numerous unverified account by SS soldiers, who inevitably want to distance themselves from Hitler and claim that THEY were the victims of atrocities, when all they did was help enemy wounded and civilians etc. It really makes an otherwise mildly interesting book seem a bit far fetched. At least Ryan had his accounts verified by 3 seperate people who didn't know each other before he used them. But really, if you want to read accounts of SS men moaning about being victimised, (and a lot of the units fought in Russia, don't forget!!). Then this is the one. I'm sure some of it happened, but are we really meant to sympathise. Their reputation for being fine fighting troops is no doubt warranted, so, no doubt is their reputation for brutality. A good reference book. Forget the anecdotes.
Ok three stars for the facts.(if they are true). The rest is severely dubious.
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Initial post: 15 Nov 2012 14:37:31 GMT
Fire Guard says:
Not really a point that struck me - I think German wounded being thrown off the bridge at Nijmegen is mentioned twice and a comment re the Poles - and nothing said about the Brits. The comments about how they dealt with civilians are not sanitised. Would you even believe cross verified accounts by other Waffen SS men (and there are also a fair few anecdotes by FJ and WH soldiers). I think to portray it as some kind of SS apologetic is really unfair - and the author was a Parachute Regt officer - perhaps you think he spent too long with the Bundeswehr and went native!
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