D DAY Through German Eyes

The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944
Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
Series: D Day Through German Eyes, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
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This is the hidden side of D-Day which has fascinated readers/listeners around the world.

Almost all accounts of D-Day are told from the Allied perspective, with the emphasis on how German resistance was overcome on June 6, 1944. But what was it like to be a German soldier in the bunkers and gun emplacements of the Normandy coast, facing the onslaught of the mightiest seaborne invasion in history? What motivated the German defenders, what were their thought processes - and how did they fight from one strong point to another, among the dunes and fields, on that first cataclysmic day? What were their experiences on facing the tanks, the flamethrowers and the devastating air superiority of the Allies?

This book sheds fascinating light on these questions, bringing together statements made by German survivors after the war, when time had allowed them to reflect on their state of mind, their actions and their choices of June 6. We see a perspective of D-Day which deserves to be added to the historical record, in which ordinary German troops struggled to make sense of the onslaught that was facing them, and emerged stunned at the weaponry and sheer determination of the Allied soldiers. We see, too, how the Germans fought in the great coastal bunkers, perceived as impregnable fortresses, but in reality often becoming tombs for their crews. Above all, we now have the unheard human voices of the individual German soldiers - the men who are so often portrayed as a faceless mass.

©2015 Holger Eckhertz (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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A work of fiction

Only after listening to this did I learn that it is from Sprech Media , well known for other works that are considered fabrications and thus fiction. Various aspects of this book seemed contrived and I started to question its authenticity. Google Sprech Media and learn the facts.

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fake

just feels made up. like they read wikipedia and made up a character who is always in the thick of it. the more I listened the more it did not ring true. returned.

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Ludicrous accent

I would rather listen to the German version of this book, if it is to be found on Audible. I can't even begin to understand why it was thought useful to have the interviewee speak with such a contrived German accent. Absolutely ludicrous, especially since many German words were not pronounced accurately. Painful to listen to. I don't think I'll be able to continue listening past the first interview.

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Fake book - fiction not history

This book has been debunked as a hoax. The story that this was taken from eyewitness accounts does not stand up to any level of scrutiny. There is no record of the author’s relative working for the German press as stated and the language and “voice” of the supposed interviewees does not line up with the era. Please investigate before purchasing.

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It’s FAKE.

This entire book is a fake. The stories are made up. How disappointing.
Look it up before buying.

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D-Day through fictional eyes

This is likely an entertaining fiction. I cannot find corroborating evidence for his stories or anything about the author.

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Great perspective!!

just when I thought I've been through every single book on ww2 and couldn't learn anything else, I run into this book not expecting much and was completely wrapped up in it all the way to the end. it's a fantastic perspective on d day, if your a history buff, you need this book!!

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A set of honest and frank accounts

A set of honest and frank accounts that allow you to draw your own conclusions on the motives of individuals and politics of the time. Essential reading.

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Fascinating Perspective

This is such a refreshing alternative perspective to all the writings about D-day. To hear the Germans views of the European front and how they viewed their cause is interesting.

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Authentic?

Something didn’t feel right about the narrative. It seemed too much a narrative/adventure story. Could be true, I don’t know.

I don’t have time to check its veracity, so I’ll just put it on the Audible shelf and go to the next book.

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  • M. Lawrence
  • 09-16-16

Good performance

If you could sum up D DAY Through German Eyes in three words, what would they be?

Riveting, authentic, eye-opening

What did you like best about this story?

It's pacey and dramatic

What about P. J. Ochlan’s performance did you like?

The reader gave a solid and well angled performance. There narratives from at least six soldiers and he gave each distinct characteristics and nuances so you got a sense of each of their background and disposition from their voice. These people came alive again. The pace again seemed natural but never too slow. Really impressive. When the material is as good as this the reader becomes even more important.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I listen when I drive

Any additional comments?

Worth getting.

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  • Adam Turner
  • 01-04-17

Detailed and frightening!

I downloaded this purely as had read quite extensively about the allied version of the landings but never from a German perspective. It is broken down into five accounts, one for each of the beaches under the allied code names. The interviews take place 10 years after the landings and have been translated.
Each account is well detailed and gives the reader an insight into the equipment the Germans possessed, their thoughts and feelings at the time, and also how their thoughts have changes in the years since.
The chap who plays the German men is obviously very talented and speaks in a variety of German-accented English and makes their stories come to life.
Hugely interesting perspective and I would recommend to anyone who is fascinated about that particular point in history.

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  • Kirstine
  • 04-05-17

A different perspective on D-Day

I’ve listened to a number of books recently concerned with the Second World War largely from the perspective of the Allies and thought it would be interesting to hear what it was like for the German soldiers. This book documents detailed interviews with four German soldiers who were on active service on the French Northern coast on D-Day as they were confronted with the huge onslaught of Allied troops at the invasion points of Omaha and Juno.

Books like this are not enjoyed but are a salutary reminder of just how awful combat is for the men involved. This is a grim listen. The details of the numerous men on both sides who were blown to bits or terribly injured is sickening. The narrative give a realistic account of what it is like to be under bombardment and the terror of close combat.

The four stories are somewhat repetitive in the horrors described and I was glad that it is a relatively short book. There is little relief from this other than the soldiers thoughts about their treatment when captured and their interactions with the civilians in France.

The stories are depicted as an interview with the soldiers narrated as if a German is speaking in English and the interviewer with an American accent so it easy to know who is speaking.

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  • philip
  • 05-02-19

FAKE

This & the sequel were two of my favourite audiobooks but it has recently come to light that they are both completely ficticious!!!!!!!! The author & publisher, are one & the same. There is no trace of an Eckhertz anywhere in the supposed magazine he worked for & no record of Holger Eckhertz either.

A complete disgrace.

Someone has made a lot of money from creating fake accounts of WW2 veterans, they should be held accountable for such disgusting behaviour & hopefully audible remove them from their website.

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  • Jonathan
  • 06-18-16

D-Day ..."Shock and Awe".

Courageous men and boys, brainwashed by Hitler's regime, facing true "shock and awe". Graphic! 😨

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  • Mr I C Wilson
  • 12-01-16

Gripping

This is an important historical record that gives the listener an insight into a common humanity contrasted with Man's inhumanity to Man. The German soldier deserved better than the hubristic Nazi leadership! Fascinating, gripping and moving.

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  • Paul
  • 11-16-16

Superb

Excellent performance. Very interesting to hear accounts recorded only ten years after the events. Some of the recollections left me open mouthed. A fascinating record of the thoroughly horrific experience of frontline soldiering whatever the uniform you are wearing.

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  • J. Lewis
  • 02-13-17

Erstaunlich

It was so good that I went straight back to the beginning and went through the whole thing a second time.

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  • m j b
  • 02-01-17

very good

good book about the other side that we rarely hear about
scary experiences written a few years after the event.
listen I will again.

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  • Dwiver
  • 12-15-16

A different view

I found this book very interesting, not only because of the cultural difference but it describes a completely different type of warfare from the normal d-day story. The book describes, in horrific detail, the challenges of defensive warfare. How it felt to be on the receiving end of the allied advance. But I believe the book struck a beautiful balance between describing a terrible battle without moral judgement.

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  • Jan
  • 02-02-18

Great 1st hand accounts

This was a fascinating listen and I would recommend it to anyone. It short and to the point with no interpretation from the author - just the soldiers point of view

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  • Alan
  • 03-12-20

Beautiful

loved it, narrator brilliant , love to hear more, honest and emotional responses to questions.

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  • Tom Stanley
  • 02-11-19

Gripping account of the sheer horror!

I really enjoyed the interview style of the story. At first I thought the German accent was a little corny but it fits so well as the narrator delivers the lines with a pathos that lulls you into believing your hearing the story 1st hand from the German soldier who was there. Highly recommended!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-03-18

A new perspective.

This is a fascinating new perspective for me on the events of June 6. A vivid depiction of the confusion and horror of battle from the soldiers perspective.

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  • J
  • 10-09-18

So, so intense.

A profound portrayal of one of humanities most intense moments. Immense, unimaginable, surreal, terrifying, unstoppable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-18

Great first hand German accounts

Wonderful to hear these German accounts - I just wish that it was longer. Very well read and compelling listening. Just like sitting in a room listening to these soldiers experiences.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-27-18

Fascinating view of DDay

Don’t be put off by the poor quality ‘cover art’ or the anodyne blurb, this book offers a fascinating perspective on D-Day and is highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-23-18

A must listen

An amazing transcript to hear how it was to be on the receiving end of D Day.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-17-18

Great insight to the horrors of war.

The book recounts the experience of German soldiers during the day day operations in great detail. The situations that the soldiers find themselves in are both interesting from a military and human perspective. The severity and accounts of situations is very well delivered and makes you shudder at the thought of what the soldiers on both sides had to endure.

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  • Jason
  • 01-17-17

Eye-opening

As the book's description states, often we are only aware of the allied's perspective of D-Day. This book gives a first-hand account of not only the state-of-mind of the German soldiers attempting to repel the landings, but also raw, gritty detail about their combat experiences facing overwhelming odds.

Well presented and well read. There is also a second book available with more interviews as well.