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.