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The Myth of the Eastern Front

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  4 reviews
From the 1950s onward, Americans were quite receptive to a view of World War II similar to the view held by many Germans and military personnel on how the war was fought on the Eastern Front in Russia. Through a network of formerly high-ranking Wehrmacht and Bundeswehr officers who had served on the Eastern Front, Germans were able to shape American opinions into an interp ...more
Paperback, 327 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Cambridge University Press (first published October 29th 2007)
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Emil
Jun 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book attempts to explain how and why, there came to be in the United States, a culture or rather a sub-culture that romanticizes to bizarre extremes the armed forces of the most notorious regime of the 20th century, the Nazi Wehrmacht and the Waffen-SS. A regime and army against which the United States struggled.

To do this, the authors put forth that it is a combination of three phenomena, not all of which are related to the Second World War. Those being:

The appeal of the "lost cause" senti
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Jack
Feb 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
A disconcerting retelling of the conscious mytologizing of the most brutal and destructive campaign of any war in human history that actually ended up favoring the Nazi point of view(!) for a generation.
Even though it was useful for America that we captured better Nazis at the end of the war than the Russians (and didn't kill almost all of them), it is disturbing how much influence many of them had on us, especially the military.
It's also important to be reminded that Americans, despite what y
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Sean Chick
Aug 12, 2011 rated it liked it
The book has some good things to say about the American military's Nazi fetish, but ultimately the authors forget that Americans view the Nazis less as embattled soldiers fighting the evil Soviets, and more as stock villains from history books, movies, and video games.

Update after reading through it again in 2018
It was an interesting read, and I agreed with the broad thesis. Yet, I think they overplayed their hand in the chapter on wargaming and their argument about the American military's suppo
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John
Dec 15, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: military-history
The authors rightfully point out the mythologizing of the Nazi campaign on the Eastern Front in WWII with many wronglfully saying that only the SS committed atrocities on the civilian populations that the Germans over ran and that the remaining German forces fought an honorable war. The authors point out that many of the atrocities were committed by regular frontline troops who fed into and believed the Nazi propoganda that the Russians were a subhuman race that needed to be exterminiated. Howev ...more
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