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Hitler's Commanders: Officers of the Wehrmacht, the Luftwaffe, the Kriegsmarine & the Waffen-SS
In less than six years, Hitler's commanders came perilously close to conquering the world for the Third Reich. In this gripping study, the authors incisively examine the personalities and careers of fifty-nine of Germany's most talented and controversial military leaders. ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 24th 2000 by Cooper Square Publishers
(first published July 1st 1991)
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This is a fun little book. It traces the histories of the secondary figures in the German WWII Galaxy of "Stars'. So not Manstein, but guys like Sperrle are chronicled. It's sort of a cross-section of characters- semi-randomly- but it does help fill in both the depth of one's knowledge about the German war effort. And it does give you an diea of the "average German officer" in all arms of service in WWII. Let's face it- they almost all cross Hitler in the end- on some core point of Tactical or S ...more
A good overview of Germany's WW2 military leaders - covers all branches of Wehrmacht and also Waffen-SS. The text focuses more on personality, career progression and the relationship with the Nazi regime, rather than on the characters' battlefield performance. Commanders were chosen so as to illustrate a particular personality type - eg. Friedrich Fromm as an example of an opportunistic, unscrupulous criminal, Heinz Guderian was picked for his professional brilliance, and Bernhard Lossberg for h ...more