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D-Day Minute by Minute, Jonathan Mayo

Antonio Salieri, Twenty six variations on La Folia de Spagna
London Mozart Players
Matthias Bamert, as conductor

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Elegy by Wayne Jones
Breathing Planet by Doug Maxwell

Additional Credits:
German Voice Actors

Falk Werner:

we're very excited to announce that today's video is sponsored by audible more on that later you're probably already familiar with the iconic Normandy landings but chances are you are more familiar with the experiences of those who landed on the beaches as opposed to that of the defenders and this is fairly understandable as military historian Robert MC Tino puts it the d-day landings have become one of the allies great historical epics whereas for the opposite side the romance vanishes leaving the uninspiring spectacle of a once-proud military force no longer up to the challenge as one can expect this leaves any military history enthusiast short on information about the axis perspective in this battle to be absolutely clear our intent is not to sympathize with the Nazi regime its supporters or its ideology we are simply interested in uncovering the human element of the less talked-about side in this near mythological clash first we'll need to provide context before discussing the landings at Normandy the confrontation on the Atlantic shoreline was long in the coming as early as autumn of 1943 Hitler had gathered his Chiefs of Staff and told them that all signs point to an offensive against the Western Front no later than spring 1944 but spring past and the Allies had yet to strike making the atmosphere for the Germans almost unbearably tense it didn't help that Field Marshal von Rundstedt and Rommel the two men charged with protecting the Atlantic coast fundamentally disagreed over the issue of tank placement Rommel knew that because the Luftwaffe was occupied on the Eastern Front keeping Panzer divisions stationed inland as von Rundstedt ordered them to do was folly the North African campaign taught him that without air superiority moving tanks across the countryside was a near impossible task the German soldiers meanwhile did the only thing they could do to mask their apprehension they made jokes one went something like if you see a black plane it's British if you see a white plane it's American when you see nothing at all it's the Luftwaffe the others among them who were polish Georgian and Soviet prisoners impressed into Nazi service – called the Asti Cornyn probably weren't in the mood for making jokes having been dragged hundreds of miles away from their home countries they along with the German soldiers who had been wounded in action made up a significant portion of soldiers stationed on the Atlantic coast by the time the invasion broke out some of these troops had not been fed for several days one soldier Paul goats who is only 17 at the time recalls the following I hadn't had any food or water for three days so around 6 a.m. I walked to a village and begged for milk the French there knew me but this time they said go away the Allies already landed with tanks it seems that at this juncture the French no longer felt the need to be as friendly to their occupiers to make matters worse for the German side they lacked not only food and supplies but directive in the immediate lead-up to d-day having been convinced that the Allies wouldn't dare cross the channel in June because of poor weather conditions Rommel had gone home to celebrate his wife's birthday and to subsequently meet with Hitler von Rouge had opted not to disturb Rommel because of his mistaken belief that the paratrooper landings which took place on June 5th a day before the naval invasion were a ploy to distract the Germans from the real Allied target Callay by the time Rommel arrived on the evening of June 6th it was too late all five of the landing sites the Allies selected were secured operation fortitude the Allied deception strategy had done its work now that we understand the lead-up to this momentous event let's take a look at the Normandy landings through the German soldiers perspective the location we'll be evaluating in this video is codenamed Utah Beach it is one of the five landing sites that the Allies chose for their invasion in the months preceding the landing the soldiers stationed there had been busy at work erecting gun emplacements and setting up stakes tripods barbed wire and landmines streams had been dammed in the floodgates of the duve open to flood the land behind the beach has another deterrent such obstacles would not have been present in Normandy if or when Rommel hadn't learned from axis mistakes at the Allied landings at Salerno Italy in 1943 how many times must the German soldier have laid awake at night questioning themselves would it all be enough it was on a night like this around midnight that over two thousand Allied bombers began wreaking havoc on the coast the effectiveness of the bombing raid on the night of June 5th is disputable but unlike bombing raids of the past there was further escalation paratroopers also started landing in the vicinity skirmishes between the paratroopers and the defenders continued until the Sun came up but by that point it became clear that the paratroopers had not come alone the wall of ships was slowly coming into view on the horizon and a naval bombardment commenced Paul Goats the same soldier we referred to earlier said this of the scene as soon as we walked over the dunes and saw thousands of ships and all those landing boats and barrage balloons I knew the wall was lost who could blame him for his hope vanishing all around him buildings crumbled and domesticated animals ran freely but whether they clung to hope or not the defenders were still prepared to put up a fight despite the chaos unleashed around them with minimal air support they knew it was up to them to try to stop the Allied advance at least a few soldiers must have been glad to finally face action liberated of that feeling of not knowing when the inevitable would come Joseph being a staff sergeant wrote this finally the hour has come although it had to happen and was foreseeable it impressed me a lot of course it is not a trifle for sure these hours the greatest battle is taking place that the world has ever seen hopefully fortunate with us now many of the soldiers away from their positions try to regroup amid the Maelstrom those that did make it converged in fortified Bunker's equipped with mounted machine guns and anti-aircraft flak guns however they could only fire upon the invaders in vain as waves and waves of troops landed on the beaches when US soldiers inevitably closed in on the bunkers in Cine airy weapons like flamethrowers and white phosphorus were used with great effect arms experts at right these weapons are particularly nasty because white phosphorus continues to burn until it disappears if servicemembers are hit by pieces of white phosphorus it could burn right down to the bone just on Normandy five American Medal of Honor z' were given in part to the usage of white phosphorus grenades by the end of the morning on June 6 most of the resistance points in all of the beaches had fallen to the Allies allowing their armoured divisions to support the Infantry's in land advance much like at Utah Beach German forces at sword Beach had to contend with paratroopers who had dropped behind their lines and captured critical points helmet rumor a German soldier captured after hiding for 36 hours rope fever exhausted decided to end ourselves over to sabotage at Gold Beach the defenders were severely weakened by an aerial bombardment and therefore were defeated within an hour at Juno Beach the Canadian troops managed to not only secure their objective but they also marched further inland than any other landing party finally at Omaha German resistance was the most effective because of how close the bunkers were placed to the shore but with so many troops landing the German defenders at Omaha were also overrun if you'd like to learn more about the events that brought Hitler's ruin with some of my favorite books on the topic we have an exciting announcement for you books on d-day by Stephen Ambrose Antony beaver and Rick Atkinson are all available among the unmatched selection of audio books on audible in fact if you decide to try audible for free for 30 days you can find an audio book related to just about every topic that we've covered on this channel visit slash armchair historian or text armchair historian – 500 500 if you become a member you'll unlock one of my favorite features audible originals which gives you access to a wide array of tales told by acclaimed storytellers in the worlds of history politics literature and more and what better time to try audible than after New Year's when your personal resolutions are being formulated join us and the other armchair historians who have already signed up and visit slash armchair historian or text armchair historian – 500 500 the Nazi regime knew what was coming as did the soldiers stationed on each of these beaches the problem was that they didn't know where exactly or when exactly the Allies would strike furthermore the extent of the Allies numerical and material advantages were not known to the Nazis when Hitler awoke a few short hours after the invasion had begun he was pleased to hear the news the air of uncertainty had been cleared and now he thought the Allies would be driven back into the sea if you guys haven't already be sure to subscribe and click the bell icon for notifications if you want to vote on our next historical series please head over to our community tab where you can do just that this has been Griffin Johnson the armchair historian and I'll see you next Friday with our video on the Franco Mexican War

23 thoughts on “What was D-Day like for the Germans? | Animated History

  1. OMG …. reporting facts about Nazi Germany??? YOU MUST BE A NAZI!!!!..
    I hate this world..
    It's almost as if a certain group of merchants and gold hoarders run the media.. Weird, I wonder why Hitler had his views about this certain group of people.

  2. may have been different story if 2 million troops weren't fighting Russia add a million germen there would have been different we forget Russia really was the reason of winning war

  3. So sad that society has become so ignorant and reactionary that you had to physically disclaim ties to the Nazi belief system.

    News flash: Just because someone talks about a certain people/perspective they do NOT automatically inherit the views/beliefs of those people.

  4. Tfw "obviously not nazi sympathizers" are in the comments bitching that the dude said hes not a nazi. Its like jesus guys, he wrote a video about the German perspective, it makes sense to clarify that hes just trying to educate, not make them seem sympathetic.

  5. "We made a monster out of Hitler…so we had to play out our part… In no way could it be revealed to the people that the war only was an economic preventative measure". Sec. James Baker. The U.S. was duped into the war by International Jewry. Also admitted by Admiral James Forestall in his diary.

  6. A joke about the German side of D-Day went like this. A German machinegunner had woken up early to relieve himself when he looked out into the Channel and saw ships in the water. He immediately rushed to call his commander.

    "Sir! Allied ships in the Channel!"

    The commander is skeptical, but chooses to humor the soldier. "How many ships?"

    "ALL OF THEM!"

  7. Personally, I don’t like these sort of videos. People slowly start to feel empathy for the nazis and this in turn will result in people slowly forgetting how brutal and merciless they were. It was an oppressive regime after all. Even though there was conscription in Nazi Germany, majority of people did not oppose the system and obeyed knowing well that minorities (eg.jews) suffered.

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