Saturday, May 12, 2012

Lions of Carentan

I recently finished reading Lions of Carentan, Fallschirmjager Regiment 6, 1943 - 1945 written by Volker Griesser.  

This may be one of the best collections of personal stories and observations about World War II. 

Clearly, it is told from the Fallschirmjager point of view, which can be a little unnerving when a reader from the USA or its WWII allies realizes the word "enemy" used in the book refers to our fathers and grandfathers (my grandfather, included).  However, I was often surprised by the moments of humanity shown by both sides of the combatants. The descriptions of the battles and the undertones of the political strife between the Fallschirmjager leadership and Hitler is an amazing story.  I recommend this book to anyone interested in the European Theatre during WWII.

For readers of Ambrose, Atkinson, or Reynolds, Lions of Carentan helps to fill-in more details and provides a glimpse into the minds of the Fallschirmjager: a unique group of the German military rarely discussed.

In addition to an intriguing text, the book is filled with many, many photographs.  I didn't count them, but I would guess over 100 photos are throughout the book.