Fighting the Invasion: The German Army at D-Day Hardcover – 30 Sep 2000
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This annotated collection of original documents about German preparations for, and reaction to, the D-Day invasion, is invaluable to any serious student of the Second World War.
Craig L. Symonds, author of "Neptune: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings"" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
David C. Isby is the author or editor of over 20 books and 350 essays and articles in publications including "International Defense Review," "USA Today," and "Washington Times." He has testified before both House and Senate committees as a independent expert. He resides in Washington DC. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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As has often been pointed out, these documents all have to be used with caution. The earlier ones were done when the authors were prisoners of war, the later ones when they were paid employees of the US Army. Most of them - especially the earlier reports -- were done largely without reference to war diaries, war maps or official papers. While written by participants - many of whom never wrote their memoirs or other accounts in any language - while their memories were still fresh, their immediacy is not matched by attention to detail - dates and places are sometimes wrong or inconsistent - or their impartiality.
In some cases, the threat of prosecution for war crimes obviously influenced the writing. Some ended up doing hard time or the high jump. Blumentritt's admiration of his boss, Field Marshal von Rundstedt, was doubtlessly genuine. But it comes across as "my boss was a wonderful old gentlemen, a natural aristocrat, and ignorant of any atrocities. I can say this because I burned all the incriminating evidence myself".Read more ›
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