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The German Generals Talk
The German Generals who survived Hitler's Reich talk over World War II with Capt. Liddell Hart, noted British miltary strategist and writer. They speak as professional soldiers to a man they know and respect. For the first time, answers are revealed to many questions raised during the war. Was Hitler the genius of strategy he seemed to be at first? Why did his Generals nev ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 1st 1971 by William Morrow Paperbacks
(first published 1st 1948)
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B. H. Liddell Hart notes of his speaking with German generals after World War II (Page ix): "In the course of many discussions with [the generals:] I was able to gather their evidence on the events of the war before memories had begun to fade." One of his conclusions upfront (Page x): "[The generals:] were essentially technicians, intent on their professional job, and with little idea of things outside it. It is easy to see how Hitler hoodwinked and handled them, and found them good instruments ...more
This was a fascinating book... if you ignore the author's outrageously blatant self-promotion. I've read that the author's credibility came into question with experts because he may have invented some/all details where he says the German generals credited him with much of the theoretical underpinnings of their campaign strategy at the beginning of the war. I do not know what the truth was, and it was a very interesting book even given the possible problems.
Basil Liddell-Hart interviews several top German generals from World War II, including von Rundstedt, Manteuffel, von Kleist, Student, and several others. It's a generally enlightening look at the war from the other side's perspective. Very critical of Hitler from start to finish, but also a fascinating study of command styles. Several contrasts were made between US, British, and German command attitudes during the war. Overall a quick and informative read.
Reading this books helps those who are studying politics , I know for sure that it helped me alot !! It was an amazing experience and I just felt like I was with those generals !!! I can feel that there are some mistakes in this book !! I read the translated version and when I revised online sources I found few mistakes , and I can't tell which one the correct one
Dec 12, 2011 Liam rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Excellent, as always. I waited a long time to get hold of a copy, but the wait was worth it. Liddell Hart has few peers, if any, in writing on early to mid- Twentieth Century warfare.
B.H. Liddell Hart was one of the first military authors to publish accounts of WWII from a German perspective. "The German Generals Talk" first published in 1948 is Hart's summation of the numerous interviews he conducted with German generals following the end of WWII. One can see how Hart's writings have shaped much of the research that has been performed since. There are familiar themes throughout the book. What makes this writing unique is the personal dialog between Hart and the individual g ...more
Hart's book is an intriguing look into the minds of Hitler's General's after the war. Countless historians have surmised as to why Germany lost the war since then, but what makes Hart's book unique is that its told by the general's themselves immediately after the conclusion of hostilities in Europe.
I found this pretty interesting but if you research the author you come to find that he has a checkered past and that this book should not be taken as anymore than one man's account of the German view of WWII. Having said that I find the subject matter fascinating.
This book was published in 1948. The author was able to interview German Generals after the war. It gives the reader a flashlight which they can use to peer into the dark side. Great for people who want to get a better all around understanding of WW II
Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart usually known before his knighthood as Captain B. H. Liddell Hart was an English soldier, military historian and leading inter-war theorist.More about B.H. Liddell Hart...