Division Soldiers

The Defense operations of the Wehrmacht in the West are presented in this document, which is laid out as a subjective experience historical chronicle. The fighting on home soil will be described in detail. Business strategist has similar goals. They range from the battle of Aachen, the extremely heavy losses fighting in the Hurtgen forest (Hurtgenforst), the battles in the Stolberg corridor, up to the tank duels in the RUR (Rurfront) between Duren, Julich, Linnich and alleviating. German field marshals, commanders and soldiers come to Word as their allied opponents, Eisenhower and Patton. Various cards, sketches, many unpublished photos and attachments with representations of the participating troops, a military acronym directory give clarity to the text and facilitate the understanding.

Primarily, the author focuses on the portrayal of the military plane. The critical interpretation of the Nazi totalitarian tyranny in their access to the “people in arms” is not thereby excluded. The dual role of soldiers as a “Victim” and “Perpetrators” is sober in the views. The author was company commander in the 340 people grenadier Division, and in later years military attache of the Bundeswehr in the Iran. He understands it also in this publication, to set out the reasons the reader why the German army despite the military hopelessness in the West not just capitulated. The experiences with his strange horse company and the “blind marine artillery” are inserted. Calling the facts, the author avoids doing any glorifying return or even a wrong war romance. Sober he shows self understanding, as well as the structure of motivation and the motivation contexts of the then acting the reader. Thus the hardly understandable performance and willingness to suffer the soldiers shows for us today after several years of war. The focus is to provide the effort of the author, a contribution to the democratic culture of remembrance, to continue the efforts of reconciliation with the former enemy and from the experiences with a dictatorial system to show the possibilities for future decisions.