OK but flawed,
This review is from: The Lions Of Carentan (Hardcover)
I really wanted this to be a lot better than it was. Writing was rather one-dimensional, with a basic narrative style which could have been more lively. I also felt proofing could have been better. Above all there was a sense of unquestioning acceptance of eye-witness accounts and rather an unpleasant attempt to talk up the achievements of the unit in ways which seemed to suggest they were victims. It's worth considering the ideology for which they were fighting. The unit commander also went on to take part in a number of unpleasant episodes post-war, notably his run-in with Der Spiegel in the early 1960s, and had been a member of the Nazi party early on, but again this wasn't mentioned. Instead he was pretty much lionized, pun intended. These were brave men, undoubtedly, but the partisan view (the author is a former German paratrooper and one of his witnesses had the same surname, so could have been a close relation?) which talked them up in ways which left an unpleasant aftertaste, meant I felt disappointed with the book.
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Initial post: 3 Feb 2014 17:37:17 GMT
I feel your review lacks a fundemental understanding of the German soldier in World War Two. I am fortunate to be able to read german soldiers diaries in their mother tongue. I think this has helped me to open my mind and break free from stereotypical assesments of all German soldiers being ardent Nazis. Those that were; due to indoctrination from an early age and The Hitler Youth (primarily a scout movement for outdoor activities with a political dimension) soon abandoned such idealism. The rank and file soldiers fought for each other, Esprit de Corps and their families back home.
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