I Somehow Survived edited by Klaus G. Forg and published by Greenhill Books – £19.99 – Hardback – Pages 172.

I Somehow Survived is due to be the first of a series of books, I presume looking at first-hand accounts of ordinary people from the German side of the war. This book has a number of stories or accounts from people cover a range of wartime experiences. The accounts cover warfare in the French mountains, atrocities in Prussia and a Norwegian concentration camp. These interviews took place in the last couple of years so you have perspective of time on top of the experiences. A notable little book reveals the stories from the other side which is unusual.

This book covers 5 stories, 4 men and one woman. Now these are great stories and we should always listen to the other side of the story. Whilst the stories are good there are some imperfections, but I think this comes from both the translation and the fact that these people providing their memories for the book are now elderly and even with time you will not get all the fine detail. The book is still really good and I enjoyed all the stories and there was a nice balanced variety to them. I am happy to have read this book, as previously I had declined a couple of book before that looked at the war from the German perspective and regretted it. This is an excellent book and one I would recommend to others as I believe we all need to read books from the other side.

By Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.