Soldaten - On Fighting, Killing and Dying: The Secret Second World War Tapes of German POWs (Paperback)
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Soldaten - On Fighting, Killing and Dying: The Secret Second World War Tapes of German POWs (Paperback)

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The authors discovered 150,000 pages of transcriptions of secretly recorded conversations among German prisoners of war, of which approximately one third were made in P.O.W. camps in Britain, another cache was made by bugging prisoners in the Mediterranean theatre of the war (North Africa, Malta, Italy) and the remainder comes from the bugging of prisoners of war in the USA. These transcriptions are thus unmediated, uncensored, and unselfconsciously candid and that is what gives this book its historical significance and extraordinary impact.

What emerges from these transcriptions and within these pages is a shocking and profoundly illuminating portrait of the typical German soldier of the time: their thoughts, their feelings and their ideologies.

SOLDATEN is a book that explodes many of the myths that we hold on to about Germany and its people during the War.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
ISBN: 9781849839495
Number of pages: 448
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 29 mm

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“We had ways of making them talk”

Simple, really. Just leave two POWs together with a hidden microphone. It worked best with soldiers, sailors and airmen from different units. Before long, their natural urge to show off would get the better of them... More

Hardback edition
22nd October 2012
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“Dark days indeed”

Co-written by a historian and a social psychologist, this book examines recently discovered transcripts of surreptitiously recorded conversations between German prisoners of war during WW2. The prisoners themselves... More

Hardback edition
28th December 2012
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“Gift Giving”

I bought this as a gift but read it myself before handing it over. Very heavy going, serious content dealt with in a matter of fact way which made it all quite chillingly surreal. Man's inhumanity and all that.... More

Hardback edition
12th March 2013
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