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D DAY Through German Eyes - The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944

Discussion in 'Book House' started by Blazin, Oct 9, 2017.

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    https://www.amazon.com/Black-Edelweiss-Conscience-Soldier-Waffen-SS/dp/0966638980

    Black Edelweiss is written by a former SS member who fought on the Eastern Front - more specifically, in the snowy forests around Leningrad. An interesting read for the fact the author claims he had no idea that the jews were being persecuted. He makes the claim that he joined the SS to be the best of the best. They were the shock troops of the Third Reich. He even compares them to the U.S. marines. The author does not backpedal one inch in this book.

    https://www.amazon.com/Eyewitness-H...1507559754&sr=1-1&keywords=eyewitness+to+hell

    Eyewitness to Hell is also written by a former SS member who was on the Eastern Front. Except he was a journalist who was assigned to a combat unit. Some very interesting stuff in this book. More specifically, there are entire portions where the author is attending festivals and feasting with Caucasian tribesmen in an attempt to win their loyalties to the German Reich. The author makes several apologies for SS actions in Russia.
     
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    Will take a look at them, thank you
     
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    Ok I cannot thank you Enough @Blazin for the recommendation here. So, I want to repay the favor a bit and add some visuals - because the story with Henrik Naube was amazing, and I was just at Omaha Beach in August (Trip of a lifetime) so I wanted to share some of the pics I took.

    First here is a pic of Omaha Beach as it is today.

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    Where Henrik was talking about the 3 88's that were shelling the troop transports, I remembered this picture I took of one of the 88 placements - still in tact without the actual 88 itself obviously. Which is how next to a restaurant. This particular placement had a plaque dedicated to an engineering group that took this out as of D Day + 44 mins.



    This is one of the larger bunker systems still in fact - although heavily damaged.

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    More pics to come. At work so need to get back to it. But I'll post more later if you are interested. But behind this wall was one of the ammo closet areas Henrik was talking about. I wonder if this was his bunker. Doubtful, but kinda cool to think about.
     
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    Thank you for pics, would love to go there myself someday. I’m glad you enjoyed book I read the first one straight through and then did so again with second.

    They did leave me feeling somber just thinking of the humanity of it all. Couldn’t help but feel much of the death comes across as the US postering to the Soviet Union .

    Also I would like to do some more research on the Russians defectors being handed over after the battle. I don’t recall if that was book 1 or 2
     
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    @Utnayan may need to get with you at some point in PMs about how August worked for you.

    Was supposed to do Bletchley Park -> Normandy -> Brussels -> Bastogne -> St. Vith -> Berlin -> Berchtesgaden -> Freedom Trail -> Barcelona this past summer, but the DoD kind of crushed my schedule. Luckily I didn't book anything so I'll just shift right to next year.
     
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    For sure. I have lots of tips. And how to save Cash and spot bad deals. Bertchesgadan was awesome. :)