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    Jonathan Trigg

ISBN: HISTORY - hardback: 9781445689319
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D-Day Through German Eyes

by: Jonathan Trigg

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Jon has an honours degree in History and has served in the British Army, completing operational tours in Northern Ireland and Bosnia, and latterly acting as a military instructor to friendly governments in the Arabian Gulf. He has written extensively, although not exclusively, on the Second World War, specialising in the fighting on the Eastern Front, and non-Germans who served in the Waffen-SS. In his books Jon tries to shine a light on periods or subjects that have perhaps not received much attention, especially using the testimony of veterans, always with the goal of trying to show the reader what it was like to be there at the time.
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Everyone is familiar with the story of D-Day and the triumphal liberation of France by the Allies: a barbaric enemy was defeated by Allied ingenuity, courage and overwhelming military force, helped by dreadful German command errors and the terrible state of Wehrmacht forces in the West – but is this all true? The Wehrmacht was hugely experienced, equipped with some of the best weaponry of the war and was holding its own in Italy and Russia at the time. Berlin knew the invasion was coming and had had years to prepare for it. So how did the Germans view the impending invasion and campaign, did they feel ready, what forces did they have and could they have done better? Previous histories have focused on the `clash of the generals’; the battle between von Runstedt and Eisenhower, Montgomery and Rommel, but on the German side in particular this was a battle that would be fought by divisional and regimental commanders; the `German D-Day colonels’ upon whom the real business of trying to defeat the invasion fell – it was they and their men, outnumbered and outgunned, who somehow held Normandy for ten whole weeks against the greatest seaborne invasion force ever assembled, and occasionally even came close to defeating it. In the end they lost, and the majority of these unsung leaders ended up killed, wounded or captured in the fighting. As for their men, they ranged from elite Waffen-SS stormtroopers through to bewildered teenagers, old men, `recycled’ invalids and even anti-communist Eastern legions. Written from the `other side’ and told through the words of the veterans, this book is a revelation.
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ISBN: HISTORY - hardback: 9781445689319
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Publish Date: 2019
Page Count: 336

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