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The emergence of the German youths of the12th SS Panzer Division 'Hitlerjugend' onto the Normandy battlefields in 1944 initially caused consternation in the Allied ranks. Who were these 15 to 17 year-old Hitler Youth soldiers, why were they so fanatical, and how could they be cleanly defeated? The Allied mood turned to bitterness and hatred as the brutal cunning and sheer The emergence of the German youths of the12th SS Panzer Division 'Hitlerjugend' onto the Normandy battlefields in 1944 initially caused consternation in the Allied ranks. Who were these 15 to 17 year-old Hitler Youth soldiers, why were they so fanatical, and how could they be cleanly defeated? The Allied mood turned to bitterness and hatred as the brutal cunning and sheer ruthlessness of the boy soldiers and their adult leaders became clear. This book assembles a range of astonishing eyewitness testimony to the ferocious combat between Hitler Youth panzer troops, snipers and infantry against British and Canadian forces after D-Day. There are the disturbing combat experiences of surviving 12th SS Panzer fighters themselves, recorded after the war; eyewitness accounts from Allied soldiers who fought tank-to-tank and hand-to-hand against these opponents in the hedgerows, fields and streets of Normandy; and accounts too from terrified French civilians caught up in the firefights. The accounts featured are: The Tank Destroyer (Jagdpanzer IV) The Bocage Ambush (British Sergeant) The Battle for the Bunkers (12th SS Panthers) The Flail Tanks (French Civilian) The Panzerfaust Fighters (Hitlerjugend Panzergrenadiers) The Sniper (Canadian Captain) The War Crimes (12th SS Panzer Radio Operator) Panthers in the Smoke (British Cromwell Commander) Thunderbolts, Typhoons and Flak (12th Panzer Flak Unit) These are graphic and often shocking accounts of one of the strangest phases of the second world war in the west, and one that left a dreadful mark on so many who were involved in it. Sprech Media is an independent researcher and publisher of eyewitness testimonies to armed conflict in the 20th century.


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The emergence of the German youths of the12th SS Panzer Division 'Hitlerjugend' onto the Normandy battlefields in 1944 initially caused consternation in the Allied ranks. Who were these 15 to 17 year-old Hitler Youth soldiers, why were they so fanatical, and how could they be cleanly defeated? The Allied mood turned to bitterness and hatred as the brutal cunning and sheer The emergence of the German youths of the12th SS Panzer Division 'Hitlerjugend' onto the Normandy battlefields in 1944 initially caused consternation in the Allied ranks. Who were these 15 to 17 year-old Hitler Youth soldiers, why were they so fanatical, and how could they be cleanly defeated? The Allied mood turned to bitterness and hatred as the brutal cunning and sheer ruthlessness of the boy soldiers and their adult leaders became clear. This book assembles a range of astonishing eyewitness testimony to the ferocious combat between Hitler Youth panzer troops, snipers and infantry against British and Canadian forces after D-Day. There are the disturbing combat experiences of surviving 12th SS Panzer fighters themselves, recorded after the war; eyewitness accounts from Allied soldiers who fought tank-to-tank and hand-to-hand against these opponents in the hedgerows, fields and streets of Normandy; and accounts too from terrified French civilians caught up in the firefights. The accounts featured are: The Tank Destroyer (Jagdpanzer IV) The Bocage Ambush (British Sergeant) The Battle for the Bunkers (12th SS Panthers) The Flail Tanks (French Civilian) The Panzerfaust Fighters (Hitlerjugend Panzergrenadiers) The Sniper (Canadian Captain) The War Crimes (12th SS Panzer Radio Operator) Panthers in the Smoke (British Cromwell Commander) Thunderbolts, Typhoons and Flak (12th Panzer Flak Unit) These are graphic and often shocking accounts of one of the strangest phases of the second world war in the west, and one that left a dreadful mark on so many who were involved in it. Sprech Media is an independent researcher and publisher of eyewitness testimonies to armed conflict in the 20th century.

30 review for Hitler's Children - Spitting Fire (Eyewitness Accounts - 12th SS Panzer 'Hitler Youth' in Normandy 1944)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Richard Dumont

    I recognize many of the stories in this book taken from other books, modified somewhat and seemingly repackaged. A few details are changed and a new story is born. It is sad that either a publisher would do this on purpose or so very little research is done. One of the other reviewers said that it was a work of fiction and to some extent he is right. This series is terrible. The only reason I gave it two stars is out of respect for those whose stories were probably re-used and modified. Otherwis I recognize many of the stories in this book taken from other books, modified somewhat and seemingly repackaged. A few details are changed and a new story is born. It is sad that either a publisher would do this on purpose or so very little research is done. One of the other reviewers said that it was a work of fiction and to some extent he is right. This series is terrible. The only reason I gave it two stars is out of respect for those whose stories were probably re-used and modified. Otherwise I would have given it NO stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Johnny

    Rare interviews This book contains fascinating interviews with Soldiers of the Hitler Youth as well as many who fought against them. The historical content is invaluable to anyone interested in WWII history.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Harry Barnes

    A very good read These voices from the past, resonate today even among a public used to seeing the effects of modern warfare on the TV.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tony DeBias

    Little Bastards Serves them right to be treated like chit even tho many were only 16.... Evel begets Evel especially in War

  5. 4 out of 5

    G.G. Davison

    Gazza Am as with the previous books in tbe series, many of tbe chapters are in other books which is disapointing.

  6. 4 out of 5

    John Galea

    An interesting series of stories told from both sides of the conflict.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Hugenschmidt

    Excellent Read Book was factual, a horrible time in history, history is repeating itself. Book shows the waste of human life. Enjoy the read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Themistocles

    This book, like the rest by Sprech Media (SS Panzer - SS Voices, The Last Panther, Tiger Tracks) is a piece of fiction. There's just too many details that point to that - from the utter and complete lack of sources or identifiable unit numbers (that could have led to verifications of facts) to technical and historical mistakes (for instance, the IS-3 tank appearing in a 1943 story) it's quite evident that this is not a collection of "eyewitness accounts" but merely a work of a very excitable imag This book, like the rest by Sprech Media (SS Panzer - SS Voices, The Last Panther, Tiger Tracks) is a piece of fiction. There's just too many details that point to that - from the utter and complete lack of sources or identifiable unit numbers (that could have led to verifications of facts) to technical and historical mistakes (for instance, the IS-3 tank appearing in a 1943 story) it's quite evident that this is not a collection of "eyewitness accounts" but merely a work of a very excitable imagination. Other, often repeated details give that away - the fact that from what's written 9/10 soldiers killed in WWII were decapitated (really, everything, from a single bullet to a naval shell to a 60-ton tank falling on you scenes are filled with severed heads; heads on the snow, heads on tanks, heads on tree branches, you name it), experiences that the narrator absolutely could not have seen (from a complete overview of a battle through the driver's slit to a -obviously weapon systems exprt- civilian at the cellar of her home), sub-stories that read like out of a bad Hollywood script (the beautiful Russian prisoner who travels chained in the tank -like there's room for it there- or nurses exchanging sexual favors for cigarettes) - EVERYTHING about these books point to someone contemporary who has read up quite a bit and then fabricated some rather sick fantasy. Stay away!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bogdan

    Over this whole series looms a sense of distrust. These memories are similar, somewhat predictable, blow-by-blow descriptions of some battles that seem to take place on a movie set. They get a big part of things right, but the fact that it very well could be fiction doesn't give me peace - hence the 2 star rating. Over this whole series looms a sense of distrust. These memories are similar, somewhat predictable, blow-by-blow descriptions of some battles that seem to take place on a movie set. They get a big part of things right, but the fact that it very well could be fiction doesn't give me peace - hence the 2 star rating.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Debbi

    A book of testimonials about individual battles with the Hitler Youth. The accounts were given by either an Allied soldier or a Hitler Youth. These youths were 15 to 17 years of age and were extremely well-trained and ruthless. A very bloody read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Loren

    The book really contains very few interviews with actual Hitler youth. Their story is largely told by civilians and enemy combatants. Still, it gives a view that you probably won't see in other venues. The book really contains very few interviews with actual Hitler youth. Their story is largely told by civilians and enemy combatants. Still, it gives a view that you probably won't see in other venues.

  12. 4 out of 5

    teresa childers

    A very good read. Well written, very informative and I believe it was written with honesty. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has any interest in WW2.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Harold Corcoran

    Children soldiers These where brave soldiers and like back in the Roman days heartless. If you like first hand accounts then this book is for you.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Strubhar

    Intriguing Read Harsh inside view of the desperation at this time of the war. Opens your eyes as to what years of indoctrination can make youths believe

  15. 5 out of 5

    krystal Kelly

  16. 5 out of 5

    Warwick McArthur

  17. 5 out of 5

    John R Witkowski

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mark B. Williams

  19. 5 out of 5

    Aves Miller

  20. 4 out of 5

    Carol Klotz

  21. 4 out of 5

    Velda J Maddock

  22. 4 out of 5

    greg smith

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lorelei Willems

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kim Smith

  25. 4 out of 5

    Akash Dua

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carol Ward

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tim Brumfield

  28. 5 out of 5

    mr j e platt

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jim Butler

  30. 4 out of 5

    sharon capell

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