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Hitler, Dönitz, and the Baltic Sea: The Third Reich's Last Hope, 1944-1945
The popular conception of Hitler in the final years of World War II is that of a deranged Fuhrer stubbornly demanding the defense of every foot of ground on all fronts and ordering hopeless attacks with nonexistent divisions. To imply that Hitler had a rational plan to win the war flies in the face of widely accepted interpretations, but historian Howard D. Grier persuasiv ...more
Hardcover, 287 pages
Published July 10th 2013 by US Naval Institute Press
(first published June 1st 2007)
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I really enjoyed the very logical premise for this work. David Grier Grier challenges the traditional interpretation of the forgotten legions of the Third Reich abandoned in the Baltic and seeks to demonstrate the very deliberate (and possibly overly desperate) reasons that Hitler and Doenitz sought to keep control of the Northern Sea. He goes into great detail tracing the hard fought withdrawals from Leningrad into Estonia and finally Latvia and forms the tardy appearing decisions to retreat in ...more