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....a wall of grey ships across the horizon. All who had binoculars stood and stared. We saw flashes of the guns aimed at us.
on May 18, 2015
And then began the battleship bombardment, shells large enough to see coming in, that leave their bunkers cracked and broken and men deaf and bleeding from the eyes. When allied numbers overwhelm it becomes hand to hand for survival. All believe reinforcements are imminent and that few prisoners would be taken. Another soldier in a guard position away from the beach realizes an attack is on when in the night his partner is killed paratroopers. A third soldier survives a tank flamethrower attack on his bunker. The author interviewed men at all 5 beaches prior to the invasion. He finds survivors and interviews them when they are about 30 years old, the memories are horrible in their detail. Each beach is a chapter. Many of the soldiers serve here as a result of wounds in Russia or infirm conditions like asthma. After regaining consciousness later in the morning, one soldier finds himself in a wire enclosure with fellow Germans being treated by an allied medic. In low whispers the prisoners discuss the beach spectacle. “Defective equipment is pushed aside with no attempt at repairs. Where are the horses? Can fuel be so plentiful that there is no need for horses? If that is so, our war is lost.” Wow. My best vacation read this year. Highest recommendations.