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Slightly quirky presentation but a fascinating book
on 22 February 2016
The author presents letters and comments plus the results of his own interviews from the German soldiers manning this gun battery at the time of D-Day. These are fascinating but the presentation feels more like the author's notes in preparation for a book than a finished book.Whilst I know that the book is devoted to illuminating "the other side of the hill," I recalled having read about the Allied attack on the battery but couldn't recall the detail. Thus, I would have appreciated an account that interwove both sides' versions of what happened.
Older readers should look out for mention of Jimmy Edwards, the future comedian.
The German Army's reliance on horses to pull a lot of their artillery is in stark contrast to their blitzkrieg image.
The Steiners were anti Nazi in a post-Anschluss Austria and his father was sent to Dachau.