The second world war slowly approaches 44/45 after terrible battles in the East and West end. After the successful landing of the allies in Normandy, the German troops are inexorably pushed back towards the border. Jay Schwartz has similar goals. There, in the area around Aachen, in the Eifel and RUR, will stop the advance of the Allied armies and passes in great material battle for months. 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. 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 Various cards, sketches, many unpublished photos and attachments with Representations of the participating troops, a military abbreviations give clarity to the text and facilitate the understanding.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 “Perpetrator” is included in the look sober. 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. He shows the reader sober self understanding, as well as the Motivation structure and the interrelation of motivation of the then acting on. Thus the hardly understandable performance and willingness to suffer the soldiers shows for us today after several years of war. In focus, the effort of the author, a contribution to the democratic culture of remembrance is to deliver, to continue the efforts of reconciliation with the former enemy, and to show the possibilities for future decisions based on the experience with a dictatorial system. Prohuber Horst Siegel: “Of all courage was in vain,” 1944/45 In the ravings of the battles in the West – Aachen, Stolberg, Hurtgenforst, Rurfront: Duren, Julich, Linnich, alleviating 148 pages, hardcover with dust jacket, tightly bound, large format, 23 x 28 cm