VICE News speak to two veterans who were at the beaches of Normandy during the historic D-Day invasion in 1944. One of the soldiers interviewed fought for America and the other fought for Germany.
Although the German soldier was fighting for Nazi Germany, he recounts how his father taught him to not support the hateful anti-semitism of the day. It’s fascinating to see what the conflict looked like from both sides, both American and German. The two men both have a shared experience and memory of the horrors of that day, even though they were from opposing factions.
In this interview, we hear the chilling reality of what that invasion was actually like for soldiers on the ground. In films and television, D-Day is often presented as a hero’s battle. But the reality was much more bleak. Most soldiers were extremely young, with 18 and 19 year olds making up a large portion of each army. It’s startling to hear what the battle was really like and how it’s far from the glossy Hollywood representations we’ve seen in the past.
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