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Defeat in the West

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  10 ratings  ·  4 reviews
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 15th 1995 by Masquerade Publications (first published 1947)
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John Gordon
For a book this dated I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. An analysis of the campaigns in the west (1944-45) from the perspective of the German struggle. Complete and utter collapse - absolute defeat - significantly due to the total power and paranoia of Hitler. Just why the German officer corps stuck with him for so long is also addressed by the author. An interesting read.
Michael
Mar 02, 2014 Michael rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Military history buffs, Cornelius Ryan fans, World War II buffs
Recommended to Michael by: Serendipity
This is more like two-and-a-half stars, but I couldn't bring myself to rate it as low as I did The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany. It’s not of much value to the serious scholar, but it makes a decent factual introduction for the lay reader or hobbyist. It challenges some of the common myths about the Wehrmacht, although without examining motivations with much depth. It’s OK, in short.

The best part of the book is probably the introduction by Sir Ian Jacob, written for
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Seth
Jan 11, 2008 Seth rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: WWII historians
Shelves: military-history
Really heavy and detailed account of the Allied armies advance across Europe after Normandy. Lots of details all taken from interviews with German officers conducted by the author immediately after they were captured. Watch out, it's seriously academic and not for the amateur history reader.
Khairul H.
The rise and fall of the Nazi army in the Western Front.
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