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The German Army 1933-1945

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The German Army under Hitler is examined in this book. Conclusions are drawn from archives containing data on resources, manpower and tactics as well as from the works of military historians and the memoirs of erstwhile generals involved. Cooper's interpretations "will be a challenge to specialists, and his sweeping narrative absorbing reading for the layman."
Paperback, 598 pages
Published October 1st 1990 by Scarborough House Publishers (first published 1978)
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Sep 08, 2014 Jack rated it really liked it
An oldy but a goody. I enjoyed reading this one since it focused primarily on the relationship between OKW (HITLER) and the various German commanders on the front-lines. Unfortunately, you should be very well versed on campaigns in North Africa, the West, and the Russian Front before you pick up this book. There are no maps whatsoever to refresh your memory on battle specifics. These poinst are minor in nature and do not take away from the material presented. I enjoyed the numerous inclusions of ...more
Michael Dorosh
Jul 31, 2011 Michael Dorosh rated it it was amazing
What this book does is examine in detail the myth of Blitzkrieg and the inner workings of the command structures and way of waging war. Cooper lays out very clearly how the old myths were started, and describes very clinically how the German Army was a victim of its own traditions - both in its way of making war (modern "Blitzkrieg" actually can be dated back to at least 1866, as Cooper points out) and in its subversion by Hitler - obedience to a man (emperor or Führer) was the tradition by whic ...more
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Aug 13, 2013 Shane Hall rated it really liked it
Shelves: wwii, history
Fascinating read: 'Blitzkrieg' as a revolutionary strategic ethos was an Allied misunderstanding; Hitler was a military moron, overruling his commanders in the field with nonsensical strategies of his own; supply and resource management, and the lack of, is what really defeated the Germans.

Although it was like chewing sawdust, Cooper spent many pages detailing the raw numbers involved in the supply problems, showing without the need for historical interpretation just how poorly managed the Germa
Apr 12, 2012 Michael rated it it was ok
Read pretty well I think for a history book, not being the style I normally read I have nothing to compare it to. Also not being a history buff myself all the claims could be true, during the German decline there was a lot more Hitler bashing than he received praise for the beginning success. But like I said it was written entertainingly enough for me to finish, even though I started this book over 10 years ago, but that is neither here nor there.
Apr 12, 2014 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-war-ii
A very good read with some interesting conculsions
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