'D Day Through German Eyes' presents the transcripts of interviews which my grandfather carried out with German veterans in 1954, on the tenth anniversary of D Day. These were German soldiers, engineers and Luftwaffe men who had experienced the opening hours of the Normandy beach landings, and were able to recall those cataclysmic events in detail.
My grandfather had been a German propaganda journalist in 1944 and had visited the Atlantic Wall under construction. He was also a veteran of the German Army in World War One, and so his background enabled him to build a strong rapport with the interviewees, many of whom had not spoken of their experiences even with their own families. The result is a series of interviews which reveal not only the desperate reactions of German soldiers to the Allied onslaught, but also the surprising mix of motivations which drove them.
My forthcoming book is 'World War 2 - Through German Eyes.'
This is a series of interviews conducted by my grandfather with German servicemen and civilians in the early 1950s, in which ordinary Germans describe their motivations, their world view and experiences during some of the key events of the war.
We rarely see events such as the Blitzkrieg, the Battle of Britain, The Russian Front, Normandy and the great city bombings through the eyes of the Germans involved, and these interviews bring a radical new perspective to such momentous events.
Anyone who found 'D Day Through German Eyes' interesting and thought-provoking will, I believe, be fascinated at these astonishing new insights into the inner world of the Germans from 1939 to 45.
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