The Germans in Normandy: Death Reaped a Terrible Harvest



The Allied Invasion Of Northern France Was The Greatest Combined Operation In The History Of Warfare Up Until Now It Has Been Recorded From The Attackers Point Of View Whereas The Defenders Angle Has Been Largely IgnoredWhile The Germans Knew An Invasion Was Inevitable, No One Knew Where Or When It Would Fall Those Manning Hitler S Mighty Atlantic Wall May Have Felt Secure In Their Bunkers But They Had No Conception Of The Fury And Fire That Was About To BreakAfter The Initial Assaults Of June Established An Allied Bridgehead, A State Of Stale Mate Prevailed The Germans Fought With Great Courage Hindered By Lack Of Supplies And Overwhelming Allied Control Of The AirWhen The Allies Finally Broke Out The Collapse Was Catastrophic With Patton S Army In The East Sweeping Round And Monty S In The West Putting Remorseless Pressure On The Hard Pressed Defenders The Falaise Gap Became A Graveyard Of German Men And EquipmentTo Read The War From The Losing Side Is A Sobering And Informative ExperienceThe Germans in Normandy: Death Reaped a Terrible Harvest

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  • Hardcover
  • 271 pages
  • The Germans in Normandy: Death Reaped a Terrible Harvest
  • Richard Hargreaves
  • English
  • 09 June 2019
  • 1844154475

10 thoughts on “The Germans in Normandy: Death Reaped a Terrible Harvest

  1. says:

    Wo ist die LuftwaffeThe million mark question on the lips of every man from the beach to Falaise It s sobering to see how the one element from the other side s point of view that every single book on Normandy bothers to include can be so dominant in German memory The sensation of being grounded by industrial overkill is paramount, with WWI style barrages by Montgomery and blood curling accounts of Jabos grinding up entire convoys The focus switches deftly from underneath the foliage hidWo ist die LuftwaffeThe million mark question on the lips of every man from the beach to Falaise It s sobering to see how the one element from the other side s point of view that every single book on Normandy bothers to include can be so dominant in German memory The sensation of being grounded by industrial overkill is paramount, with WWI style barrages by Montgomery and blood curling accounts of Jabos grinding up entire convoys The focus switches deftly from underneath the foliage hiding the vehicles of armoured divisions Das Reich Panzer Lehr from prying airborne eyes to Hitler s strategic ambivalences and his role in the frequent change of command in the West.It s a good book to balance out a D Day collection It s just short of surprises Somehow we ve heard it all before in U.S centric books Heinrich Severloh is on call to give us Omaha beach from the other side of the machine gun barrel Rommel s suicide means that a lot of space will be devoted to the failed Valkyrie plot

  2. says:

    Imagine yourself as a middle aged German soldier, living the good life in France Yes, you know it will probably be over when the long awaited invasion, but hey, let s enjoy it while you can And besides, the F hrer has decided to build an impregnable wall along the Atlantic and Channel Coast Within this impregnable wall of 15,000 fortifications and bunkers 10,000 of them in France you ca eat, sleep and fight Fight and be protected.Flash forward a couple of months and you ll find yourself Imagine yourself as a middle aged German soldier, living the good life in France Yes, you know it will probably be over when the long awaited invasion, but hey, let s enjoy it while you can And besides, the F hrer has decided to build an impregnable wall along the Atlantic and Channel Coast Within this impregnable wall of 15,000 fortifications and bunkers 10,000 of them in France you ca eat, sleep and fight Fight and be protected.Flash forward a couple of months and you ll find yourself ducking for cover underneath the foliage with the Jabos destroying anything that moves Yes, it is the invasion And yes, unless a miracle occurs the war can no longer be won In your heart you already know the war is lost.Throwing back the invaders would buy at least an additional 2 years for the Germans, which they could have used to keep the Russians off their back, but it was not to be Already in the first few days, with the Panzers being torn to pieces on the Normandy roads, it was clear that the war was lost Germany s great battle plan for the year had been to defeat the invasion in the west, then concentrate on the Eastern Front the Reich would no longer be fighting a two front war Instead, the fronts in the east and west had collapsed and there was little hope of stemming the enemy tide on either.Richard Hargreaves tells us the German view, but somehow we ve heard it all before The Jabos, the not so present Luftwaffe and the Rommel s let s fight them on the beaches , this book holds no surprises If you are interested in the personal accounts of various German soldiers, this is a book to choose If you are looking for the overall picture, you might find it in other books If you really want to learnfrom the German point of view, I would recommend Countdown to D Day The German Perspective which, although only focussing on the German preparations and not the actual fighting, gave me a lotinsights

  3. says:

    I really enjoyed this book as it provides a view of Operation Overlord and the subsequent battles in France from a German perspective Lots of personal recollections fill the pages, from regular soldiers up to some of the highest officers I think the part about the Falaise Pocket was the most interesting, and probably the most horrific Some very interesting information about the failed July 20 plot to assassinate Hitler and how that affected the German command structure as well Truly a wonder I really enjoyed this book as it provides a view of Operation Overlord and the subsequent battles in France from a German perspective Lots of personal recollections fill the pages, from regular soldiers up to some of the highest officers I think the part about the Falaise Pocket was the most interesting, and probably the most horrific Some very interesting information about the failed July 20 plot to assassinate Hitler and how that affected the German command structure as well Truly a wonderful addition to anyone s library on World War II, especially if they like the Western Front

  4. says:

    Every one of the infantry divisions in France in 1944 relied first and foremost on the horse for transport The horse pulled field guns, ammunition wagons, anti tank guns horse drawn vehicles in Normandy outnumbered their powered counterparts two to one in the summer of 1944 The poorest divisions in France that year even lacked horses That they were relying so much on horses, against the machines of the Allied forces, was just one of many eye openers in this book As even the Allied forces Every one of the infantry divisions in France in 1944 relied first and foremost on the horse for transport The horse pulled field guns, ammunition wagons, anti tank guns horse drawn vehicles in Normandy outnumbered their powered counterparts two to one in the summer of 1944 The poorest divisions in France that year even lacked horses That they were relying so much on horses, against the machines of the Allied forces, was just one of many eye openers in this book As even the Allied forces at the time understood, the outcome might have been very different if Germany had been adequately prepared for the invasion, instead of facing it after being weakened through years of war.Like other books that deal with the bloody, gritty reality of war, this is a book I wish would be mandatory reading for politicians This book, in particular, should be read by anybody who fails to grasp how awful war is, or dismisses the vital role of air superiority, or ignores the risks of demanding that military forces dothan they are equipped literally and figuratively to do.It takes me a long time to get through books these days because of limited reading time, but this is one where I constantly felt the pull to set asidetime to continue reading I definitely recommend it, but be prepared to learn, from the losing side s perspective, what all out war looks like

  5. says:

    Excellent account from the German point of view One is astounded how the German army was able to hold the line for as long as they did against the numerical superiority of the allies Every day, Rundstedt, Model, Dietrich, Meyer and Rommel knew it was only matter of time before the Americans, Canadians and British would find a weak spot and exploit it to the fullest No matter how many communiques were forwarded to OKW and Berchtesgaden, the messages returned were, hold the line For the aver Excellent account from the German point of view One is astounded how the German army was able to hold the line for as long as they did against the numerical superiority of the allies Every day, Rundstedt, Model, Dietrich, Meyer and Rommel knew it was only matter of time before the Americans, Canadians and British would find a weak spot and exploit it to the fullest No matter how many communiques were forwarded to OKW and Berchtesgaden, the messages returned were, hold the line For the average Soldaten, orders meant nothing They had taken a personal oath to the Fuehrer and were bound to hold their ground and either be victorious or die There was no in between for them The horrors these men endured were superhuman I m not praising NAZI Germany or the political side of Hitler, but the raw courage of men who knew the war they had embarked on five years was going to end in defeat fought own hoping they could possibly stem the tide and wait for the promised secret weapons and final push of the Luftwaffe to stem the tide I cannot imagine the hell the German soldier endured with the countless air raids, artillery shelling and Naval bombardment The description of the land wasbrutal then what I ve read of the battlefields of WWI For the Allies, the Falaise Pocket was a masterful stroke as they attempted to bag and destroy the 7th Army For the Germans, it was a hellish nightmare The only drawback for me was the July 20th bomb plot It served a critical moment in how Hitler s trust of his generals evaporated and convinced him he could only trust himself and a few others in his inner circle which clouded his judgement in the prosecution of the war I felt it went on too long A great read for any World War two buff.Four and a half stars

  6. says:

    The only thing keeping this from a five star book is the lack of personal accounts There are plenty of diary entries from young German men who were on the front lines but I would have liked apersonal account like a Studs Terkel interview would give us This was a great book and had a lot of information that we usually are not given I have read a lot of WWII books and watched a lot of documentaries but this book revealed fresh information to me because it was told from the German s point The only thing keeping this from a five star book is the lack of personal accounts There are plenty of diary entries from young German men who were on the front lines but I would have liked apersonal account like a Studs Terkel interview would give us This was a great book and had a lot of information that we usually are not given I have read a lot of WWII books and watched a lot of documentaries but this book revealed fresh information to me because it was told from the German s point of view Throughout the book we are told what the German public thought of the changing tides of the war, what the generals thought about the commands from Hitler and most importantly, what the common soldier Landser thought about it all This was a really good book that gives you a lot to think about

  7. says:

    What is promised is delivered.A fine read for all those who are interested in the genre The war on the Western Front seen through the eyes of the German landser Vivid, detailed prose gives the reader a sense of being on the ground with very human individuals struggling through all the horrors of war, 1944.

  8. says:

    Second world war Normandy againA very good book Recounts the history of the DDay invasion, with a very cose look at the German viewpoint The Allied viewpoint is not ignored, but it isin the background Let us day that 85% of the tale is from the German viewpoint, and we can read what Rommel thought, but also what the common landser thought and wrote in letters, diaries and other.The tale is gripping and compelling, and you can feel very strongly how the German soldier went very quickly Second world war Normandy againA very good book Recounts the history of the DDay invasion, with a very cose look at the German viewpoint The Allied viewpoint is not ignored, but it isin the background Let us day that 85% of the tale is from the German viewpoint, and we can read what Rommel thought, but also what the common landser thought and wrote in letters, diaries and other.The tale is gripping and compelling, and you can feel very strongly how the German soldier went very quickly from esilaration at least the Allied are invading to utter desperation seeing that they were fighting against almost impossibile odds They had some good weapons, such ad the Tiger tanks which scared the Allies in a disproporzionate manner, but were overwhelmed by the total air dominance that the Allies had And this feeling is very strongly represented through out the book.The sequence of the actions is nothing new, of course, after all this is history, but it is quite wel written.Do not look for incredibile details or maps, they are not there, but the words are usually enough

  9. says:

    D Day from the other side.

  10. says:

    This book addresses D day from the other side and gives an interesting perspective on what happened when it was not written by the victor.

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