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The Wehrmacht: History, Myth, Reality

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This book is a profound reexamination of the role of the German army, the Wehrmacht, in World War II. Until very recently, the standard story avowed that the ordinary German soldier in World War II was a good soldier, distinct from Hitler's rapacious SS troops, and not an accomplice to the massacres of civilians. Wolfram Wette, a preeminent German military historian, explo ...more
Hardcover, 372 pages
Published May 15th 2006 by Harvard University Press (first published May 15th 2002)
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Bonnie
Oct 20, 2011 Bonnie rated it really liked it
One of the most educational books on World War II I have read. It was so frightening to know that the violent prejudice and hate could be translated to the army. We are used to thinking of that only took orders and that the SS was the worst violators of human life. But it was not and how cheaply these generals considered the jewish and Russian populace was nightmarish.
Santiago Granados
Nov 22, 2012 Santiago Granados rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Interesante como relato histórico de un tema que, como muy bien lo explica el autor, solo hasta ahora ha sido indagado gracias a la voluntad de las nuevas generaciones en Alemania de saber la verdad. Sin embargo, en algunos de los apartes parece volverse repetitivo y eso, sumado al gran número de nombres mencionados, hace que la lectura a veces se velva pesada y tediosa.
Karen
Sep 23, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
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Highly educational, dispelling the myth of the Wehrmacht's "good war". Recommended for anyone interested in the era.
Gerald Hickman
Nov 24, 2015 Gerald Hickman rated it liked it
Great source of new ideas about the German Army.
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