The German War

The German War
Author: Nicholas Stargardt
Publsiher: Basic Books
Total Pages: 760
Release: 2015-10-13
ISBN 10: 0465073972
ISBN 13: 9780465073979
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The German War Book Review:

A groundbreaking history of what drove the Germans to fight -- and keep fighting -- for a lost cause in World War II In The German War, acclaimed historian Nicholas Stargardt draws on an extraordinary range of firsthand testimony -- personal diaries, court records, and military correspondence -- to explore how the German people experienced the Second World War. When war broke out in September 1939, it was deeply unpopular in Germany. Yet without the active participation and commitment of the German people, it could not have continued for almost six years. What, then, was the war the Germans thought they were fighting? How did the changing course of the conflict -- the victories of the Blitzkrieg, the first defeats in the east, the bombing of German cities -- alter their views and expectations? And when did Germans first realize they were fighting a genocidal war? Told from the perspective of those who lived through it -- soldiers, schoolteachers, and housewives; Nazis, Christians, and Jews -- this masterful historical narrative sheds fresh and disturbing light on the beliefs and fears of a people who embarked on and fought to the end a brutal war of conquest and genocide.

The German War

The German War
Author: Nicholas Stargardt
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 704
Release: 2016-09-01
ISBN 10: 009953987X
ISBN 13: 9780099539872
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The German War Book Review:

WINNER OF THE 2016 PEN HESSELL-TILTMAN PRIZE The Second World War was a German war like no other. The Nazi regime, having started the conflict, turned it into the most horrific war in European history, resorting to genocidal methods well before building the first gas chambers. Over its course, the Third Reich expended and exhausted all its moral and physical reserves, leading to total defeat in 1945. Yet 70 years on - despite whole libraries of books about the war's origins, course and atrocities - we still do not know what Germans thought they were fighting for and how they experienced and sustained the war until the bitter end. When war broke out in September 1939, it was deeply unpopular in Germany. Yet without the active participation and commitment of the German people, it could not have continued for almost six years. What, then, was the war Germans thought they were fighting? How did the changing course of the conflict - the victories of the Blitzkrieg, the first defeats in the east, the bombing of Germany's cities - change their views and expectations? And when did Germans first realise that they were fighting a genocidal war? Drawing on a wealth of first-hand testimony, The German War is the first foray for many decades into how the German people experienced the Second World War. Told from the perspective of those who lived through it - soldiers, schoolteachers and housewives; Nazis, Christians and Jews - its masterful historical narrative sheds fresh and disturbing light on the beliefs, hopes and fears of a people who embarked on, continued and fought to the end a brutal war of conquest and genocide.

The Collapse of the German War Economy 1944 1945

The Collapse of the German War Economy  1944 1945
Author: Alfred C. Mierzejewski
Publsiher: UNC Press Books
Total Pages: 306
Release: 2017-10-10
ISBN 10: 146963970X
ISBN 13: 9781469639703
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Collapse of the German War Economy 1944 1945 Book Review:

In this book Alfred Mierzejewski describes how the German economy collapsed under Allied bombing in the last year of World War II. He presents a broad-based, original study of German wartime industry and transportation, and of Allied air force planning and intelligence, including the first complete analysis in English of the German National Railway. The German industrial economy was extraordinarily dependent on the timely, adequate distribution of coal by railroad and inland waterway. The German National Railway in particular was the pivot of the finely balanced armaments production and distribution system created by Albert Speer. But Allied strategists did not immediately recognize this. Only in late 1944, when Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Sir Arthur Tedder built a new strategic consensus, was this vital coal/transport nexus severed. The result was the rapid paralysis of the Nazi war economy. Mierzejewski measures the economic consequences of the bombing by considering broad indices such as armaments and coal production, railway performance, and weapons deliveries to the armed forces. In addition, he shows how individual companies in each of Germany's major economic regions fared. By drawing on previously unexamined files of private German manufacturing companies, the Reich Transportation Ministry, and Allied air intelligence agencies, Mierzejewski creates a rare combination of economic analysis and military history that provides new perspectives on the German war economy and Allied air intelligence.

Churchill Hitler and The Unnecessary War

Churchill  Hitler  and  The Unnecessary War
Author: Patrick J. Buchanan
Publsiher: Crown Forum
Total Pages: 544
Release: 2008-05-27
ISBN 10: 0307409562
ISBN 13: 9780307409560
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Churchill Hitler and The Unnecessary War Book Review:

Were World Wars I and II inevitable? Were they necessary wars? Or were they products of calamitous failures of judgment? In this monumental and provocative history, Patrick Buchanan makes the case that, if not for the blunders of British statesmen– Winston Churchill first among them–the horrors of two world wars and the Holocaust might have been avoided and the British Empire might never have collapsed into ruins. Half a century of murderous oppression of scores of millions under the iron boot of Communist tyranny might never have happened, and Europe’s central role in world affairs might have been sustained for many generations. Among the British and Churchillian errors were: • The secret decision of a tiny cabal in the inner Cabinet in 1906 to take Britain straight to war against Germany, should she invade France • The vengeful Treaty of Versailles that mutilated Germany, leaving her bitter, betrayed, and receptive to the appeal of Adolf Hitler • Britain’s capitulation, at Churchill’s urging, to American pressure to sever the Anglo-Japanese alliance, insulting and isolating Japan, pushing her onto the path of militarism and conquest • The greatest mistake in British history: the unsolicited war guarantee to Poland of March 1939, ensuring the Second World War Certain to create controversy and spirited argument, Churchill, Hitler, and “the Unnecessary War” is a grand and bold insight into the historic failures of judgment that ended centuries of European rule and guaranteed a future no one who lived in that vanished world could ever have envisioned.

The German Fifth Column in the Second World War

The German Fifth Column in the Second World War
Author: Louis De Jong
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 318
Release: 2019-07-03
ISBN 10: 1000008096
ISBN 13: 9781000008098
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The German Fifth Column in the Second World War Book Review:

Originally published in English in 1956, this book is divided into 3 parts : the first outlines how, after 1933, those outside Germany began to become increasingly afraid of sinister operations on the part of German agents and the partisans of National Socialism. The second part examines the role of the German Fifth column during the war and the third part analyses the role of the groups which were living outside Germany at the time Hitler started his assault.

Nazi Germany at War

Nazi Germany at War
Author: Martin Kitchen
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2018-10-08
ISBN 10: 1317897617
ISBN 13: 9781317897613
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Nazi Germany at War Book Review:

A powerful and absorbing study of the German home front from the outbreak of hostilities to the collapse of the Third Reich. It explores the impact of Nazi domestic policies on the German people, and the effects of the extreme radicalization of the regime under the pressures of total war. It examines the economy, social policy, and the realities of daily life; the part played by the law and the Churches; the changing role of women; the fate of foreign workers, prisoners of war and the Jews; and the extent of resistance to the regime. At its heart is the crucial relationship of the party, the state and public opinion in the Hitler Years.

Islam and Nazi Germany s War

Islam and Nazi Germany s War
Author: David Motadel
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2014-11-30
ISBN 10: 0674744950
ISBN 13: 9780674744950
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Islam and Nazi Germany s War Book Review:

With troops fighting in regions populated by Muslims from the Sahara to the Caucasus, Nazi officials saw Islam as a powerful force with the same enemies as Germany: the British Empire, the Soviet Union, and the Jews. David Motadel provides the first comprehensive account of Berlin’s ambitious attempts to build an alliance with the Islamic world.

Enduring the Whirlwind

Enduring the Whirlwind
Author: Gregory Liedtke
Publsiher: Helion and Company
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2016-09-19
ISBN 10: 1911096877
ISBN 13: 9781911096870
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Enduring the Whirlwind Book Review:

This work seeks to address the notion of German numerical-weakness in terms of Germany's ability to replace its losses and regenerate its military strength, and assess just how accurate this argument was during the crucial first half of the Russo-German War (June 1941-June 1943).

Hitler s Armies

Hitler   s Armies
Author: Chris McNab
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 424
Release: 2011-10-20
ISBN 10: 1849088861
ISBN 13: 9781849088862
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hitler s Armies Book Review:

The definitive work on Hitler's war machine charting its evolution from the formidable force which won stunning victories during the Blitzkrieg in 1940, to the hard campaigns it fought in the deserts of North Africa and the frozen wastelands of the Soviet Union to the eventual retreat to the Fatherland itself. Drawing upon Osprey Publishing's unique archive, this volume expertly weaves together the story of the development and deployment of Hitler's armies displayed alongside a stunning collection of original artwork and photographs to show the kit and equipment of the various land forces.

War in the Wild East

War in the Wild East
Author: Ben Shepherd
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 327
Release: 2009-06-30
ISBN 10: 0674043553
ISBN 13: 9780674043558
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

War in the Wild East Book Review:

In Nazi eyes, the Soviet Union was the "wild east," a savage region ripe for exploitation, its subhuman inhabitants destined for extermination or helotry. An especially brutal dimension of the German army's eastern war was its anti-partisan campaign. This conflict brought death and destruction to thousands of Soviet civilians, and has been held as a prime example of ordinary German soldiers participating in the Nazi regime's annihilation policies. Ben Shepherd enters the heated debate over the wartime behavior of the Wehrmacht in a detailed study of the motivation and conduct of its anti-partisan campaign in the Soviet Union. He investigates how anti-partisan warfare was conducted, not by the generals, but by the far more numerous, average Germans serving as officers in the field. What shaped their behavior was more complex than Nazi ideology alone. The influence of German society, as well as of party and army, together with officers' grueling yet diverse experience of their environment and enemy, made them perceive the anti-partisan war in varied ways. Reactions ranged from extreme brutality to relative restraint; some sought less to terrorize the native population than to try to win it over. The emerging picture does not dilute the suffering the Wehrmacht's eastern war inflicted. It shows, however, that properly judging ordinary Germans' role in that war is more complicated than is indicated by either wholesale condemnation or wholesale exoneration. This valuable study offers a nuanced discussion of the diversity of behaviors within the German army, as well as providing a compelling exploration of the war and counterinsurgency operations on the eastern front.

Hitler s Fatal Miscalculation

Hitler s Fatal Miscalculation
Author: Klaus H. Schmider
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 610
Release: 2021-01-28
ISBN 10: 1108834914
ISBN 13: 9781108834919
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hitler s Fatal Miscalculation Book Review:

Challenges long-held assumptions regarding the German declaration of war on the United States in December 1941.

Germany in the Age of Total War

Germany in the Age of Total War
Author: Volker R. Berghahn,Martin Kitchen
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 276
Release: 2019-07-16
ISBN 10: 1000007367
ISBN 13: 9781000007367
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Germany in the Age of Total War Book Review:

Originally published in 1981 and now re-issued with a new Preface, this book contains contributions on key issues such as the origins of the First World War, the psychological impact of that war on the Germans, the enigmatic personality of Walter Rathenau, anti-semitism and paramilitarism, as well as German Ostpolitik during the Weimar period. The collapse of the Weimar Republic is re-examined and this is followed by an analysis of the social basis of the SS leadership corps, German reactions to the defeat in 1945 as observed by the British authorities and finally a wide-ranging comparatiste essay on why Germany did not experience a 20th century revolution in spite of the tremendous upheavals it suffered.

The Nuremberg Documents

The Nuremberg Documents
Author: Peter de Mendelssohn
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 290
Release: 2019-07-16
ISBN 10: 1000008312
ISBN 13: 9781000008319
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Nuremberg Documents Book Review:

Originally published in 1946, this volume, based on some of the evidence taken from captured German files and archives, discusses many questions concerning German policy and diplomatic manoeuvre during the Second World War. It offers a fascinating insight into the rise and fall of the Nazi state and represents a record, aimed at both the general reader and student of history of some of the first documents which were available in the aftermath of the World War 2.

The German War

The German War
Author: Nicholas Stargardt
Publsiher: Bodley Head
Total Pages: 500
Release: 2015-09-03
ISBN 10: 9781847921000
ISBN 13: 1847921000
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The German War Book Review:

The Second World War was a German war like no other. The Nazi regime, having started the conflict, turned it into the most horrific war in European history, resorting to genocidal methods well before building the first gas chambers. Over its course, the Third Reich expended and exhausted all its moral and physical reserves, leading to total defeat in 1945. Yet 70 years on - despite whole libraries of books about the war's origins, course and atrocities - we still do not know what Germans thought they were fighting for and how they experienced and sustained the war until the bitter end. When war broke out in September 1939, it was deeply unpopular in Germany. Yet without the active participation and commitment of the German people, it could not have continued for almost six years. What, then, was the war Germans thought they were fighting? How did the changing course of the conflict - the victories of the Blitzkrieg, the first defeats in the east, the bombing of Germany's cities - change their views and expectations? And when did Germans first realise that they were fighting a genocidal war? Drawing on a wealth of first-hand testimony, The German War is the first foray for many decades into how the German people experienced the Second World War. Told from the perspective of those who lived through it - soldiers, schoolteachers and housewives; Nazis, Christians and Jews - its masterful historical narrative sheds fresh and disturbing light on the beliefs, hopes and fears of a people who embarked on, continued and fought to the end a brutal war of conquest and genocide.

Japanese German Relations 1895 1945

Japanese German Relations  1895 1945
Author: Christian W Spang,Rolf-Harald Wippich
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2006-04-18
ISBN 10: 1134292996
ISBN 13: 9781134292998
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Japanese German Relations 1895 1945 Book Review:

Written by a team of Japanese and German scholars, this book presents an interpretation of Japanese/German history and international diplomacy. It provides a greater understanding of key aspects of the countries' bilateral relations from the end of the Sino-Japanese War in 1895 to the parallel defeat of Germany and Japan in 1945. New research is explored on the military as well as ideological interconnections between Japan and Germany in the closing years of the nineteenth century, the First World and the development of bacteriological warfare during the Second World War. In addition, the book's focus on the Second World War significantly re-interprets two familiar axis of Japanese-German relations: the impact of Nazi ideology on Japanese "fascism", and the Axis Alliance. Drawing on German as well as Japanese archival sources, the book presents a revealing examination of a crucial period in the modern history of Western Europe and East Asia. As such it will be of huge interest to those studying the modern history of Japan/Germany, comparative and world history, international relations and political science alike.

Holocaust Versus Wehrmacht

Holocaust Versus Wehrmacht
Author: Yaron Pasher
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 380
Release: 2015-01-09
ISBN 10: 9780700620067
ISBN 13: 0700620060
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Holocaust Versus Wehrmacht Book Review:

An innovative and thorough history of how Hitler's war to eliminate Europe's Jews and the Wehrmacht's war versus the Allies were in conflict with each other to the material detriment of the latter.

Blitzed

Blitzed
Author: Norman Ohler
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2016-10-06
ISBN 10: 0241256984
ISBN 13: 9780241256985
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Blitzed Book Review:

The sensational international bestseller on the overwhelming role of drug-taking in the Third Reich 'The most brilliant and fascinating book I have read in my entire life' Dan Snow 'Extremely interesting ... a serious piece of scholarship, very well researched' Ian Kershaw The Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. Yet, as Norman Ohler's gripping bestseller reveals, the entire Third Reich was permeated with drugs: cocaine, heroin, morphine and, most of all, methamphetamines, or crystal meth, used by everyone from factory workers to housewives, and crucial to troops' resilience - even partly explaining German victory in 1940. The promiscuous use of drugs at the very highest levels also impaired and confused decision-making, with Hitler and his entourage taking refuge in potentially lethal cocktails of stimulants administered by the physician Dr Morell as the war turned against Germany. While drugs cannot on their own explain the events of the Second World War or its outcome, Ohler shows, they change our understanding of it. Blitzed forms a crucial missing piece of the story.

The Indoctrination of the Wehrmacht

The Indoctrination of the Wehrmacht
Author: Bryce Sait
Publsiher: Berghahn Books
Total Pages: 204
Release: 2019-03-10
ISBN 10: 1789201500
ISBN 13: 9781789201505
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Indoctrination of the Wehrmacht Book Review:

Far from the image of an apolitical, “clean” Wehrmacht that persists in popular memory, German soldiers regularly cooperated with organizations like the SS in the abuse and murder of countless individuals during the Second World War. This in-depth study demonstrates that a key factor in the criminalization of the Wehrmacht was the intense political indoctrination imposed on its members. At the instigation of senior leadership, many ordinary German soldiers and officers became ideological warriors who viewed their enemies in racial and political terms—a project that was but one piece of the broader effort to socialize young men during the Nazi era.

1941 The Year Germany Lost the War

1941  The Year Germany Lost the War
Author: Andrew Nagorski
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2019-06-04
ISBN 10: 1501181122
ISBN 13: 9781501181122
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

1941 The Year Germany Lost the War Book Review:

Bestselling historian Andrew Nagorski takes a fresh look at the decisive year 1941, when Hitler’s miscalculations and policy of terror propelled Churchill, FDR, and Stalin into a powerful new alliance that defeated Nazi Germany. In early 1941, Hitler’s armies ruled most of Europe. Churchill’s Britain was an isolated holdout against the Nazi tide, but German bombers were attacking its cities and German U-boats were attacking its ships. Stalin was observing the terms of the Nazi-Soviet Pact, and Roosevelt was vowing to keep the United States out of the war. Hitler was confident that his aim of total victory was within reach. \By the end of 1941, all that changed. Hitler had repeatedly gambled on escalation and lost: by invading the Soviet Union and committing a series of disastrous military blunders; by making mass murder and terror his weapons of choice, and by rushing to declare war on the United States after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. Britain emerged with two powerful new allies—Russia and the United States. By then, Germany was doomed to defeat. Nagorski illuminates the actions of the major characters of this pivotal year as never before. 1941: The Year Germany Lost the War is a stunning examination of unbridled megalomania versus determined leadership. It also reveals how 1941 set the Holocaust in motion, and presaged the postwar division of Europe, triggering the Cold War. 1941 was a year that forever defined our world.

They Thought They Were Free

They Thought They Were Free
Author: Milton Mayer
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2017-11-28
ISBN 10: 022652597X
ISBN 13: 9780226525976
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

They Thought They Were Free Book Review:

“When this book was first published it received some attention from the critics but none at all from the public. Nazism was finished in the bunker in Berlin and its death warrant signed on the bench at Nuremberg.” That’s Milton Mayer, writing in a foreword to the 1966 edition of They Thought They Were Free. He’s right about the critics: the book was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1956. General readers may have been slower to take notice, but over time they did—what we’ve seen over decades is that any time people, across the political spectrum, start to feel that freedom is threatened, the book experiences a ripple of word-of-mouth interest. And that interest has never been more prominent or potent than what we’ve seen in the past year. They Thought They Were Free is an eloquent and provocative examination of the development of fascism in Germany. Mayer’s book is a study of ten Germans and their lives from 1933-45, based on interviews he conducted after the war when he lived in Germany. Mayer had a position as a research professor at the University of Frankfurt and lived in a nearby small Hessian town which he disguised with the name “Kronenberg.” “These ten men were not men of distinction,” Mayer noted, but they had been members of the Nazi Party; Mayer wanted to discover what had made them Nazis. His discussions with them of Nazism, the rise of the Reich, and mass complicity with evil became the backbone of this book, an indictment of the ordinary German that is all the more powerful for its refusal to let the rest of us pretend that our moment, our society, our country are fundamentally immune. A new foreword to this edition by eminent historian of the Reich Richard J. Evans puts the book in historical and contemporary context. We live in an age of fervid politics and hyperbolic rhetoric. They Thought They Were Free cuts through that, revealing instead the slow, quiet accretions of change, complicity, and abdication of moral authority that quietly mark the rise of evil.