Hitler and His Generals: Military Conferences 1942-1945

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The military conferences that Hitler had twice daily with his staff, where he directed the war, were transcribed by stenographers from 1942 to 1945 in the bunker. These authentic documents are the only record kept by the Germans of their highest military decisions at the critical moment when the war turned against them.

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Overview

The military conferences that Hitler had twice daily with his staff, where he directed the war, were transcribed by stenographers from 1942 to 1945 in the bunker. These authentic documents are the only record kept by the Germans of their highest military decisions at the critical moment when the war turned against them.

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In 1942, as Germany's military fortunes began to wane, an angry Hitler, frustrated with his generals, ordered a transcript made of his regular military conferences so that there would be no confusion as to his orders. Despite the widespread destruction of many of the documents in 1945, some of the transcripts survived, portions of which have been published over the past 50 years. Containing all of the extant material, these volumes challenge both the postwar memoirs of the generals, who often describe Hitler as the chief impediment to military success, and Hitler's apologists, who blame conservative generals for the Wehrmacht's failures. Reading the transcripts presented here reinforces the opinion of a growing number of historians that it was Hitler's policies, along with the actions of his generals, that led to Germany's defeat. These volumes, which represent the first translation into English of the surviving transcripts, will be of interest to military historians, as well as those who study how decisions were made in Nazi Germany. World War II enthusiasts will enjoy following the actions of Germany's military machine during the last three years of the war. A concise introduction by Gerhard Weinberg (history, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) complements Heiber's explanation of the transcripts and their reconstruction. Recommended for specialized collections.-Frederic Krome, Jacob Rader Marcus Ctr. of the American Jewish Archives Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929631285
  • Publisher: Enigma Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Pages: 1211
  • Sales rank: 1,376,084
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Helmut Heiber is a contemporary historian working for the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich, where he lives.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Preface
Maps
1942 3
Evening Situation Report, December 1, 1942 4
Midday Situation Conference, December 12, 1942, in the Wolfsschanze 18
1943 56
Midday Situation Conference, February 1, 1943, at the Wolfsschanze 57
Evening Situation Report, March 4, 1943, at the Wehrwolf 71
Midday Situation Report, March 5, 1943, at the Wehrwolf 82
Mid-March to March 21, 1943 99
Fragment of an Evening Situation Conference, between March 12 and 15, 1943, probably at the Wolfsschanze 100
Midday Situation Report, March 21, 1943, at the Berghof 113
Meeting between the Fuhrer and Field Marshal Keitel, May 19, 1943 119
Meeting between the Fuhrer and Sonderfuhrer v. Neurath, May 20, 1943 132
Midday Situation Report, May 20 or 21, 1943 144
Meeting of the Fuhrer with Field Marshal Keitel and General Zeitzler, June 8, 1943, in the Berghof 155
Midday Situation Report, July 25, 1943 166
Evening Situation Report, July 25, 1943 198
Second Evening Situation Report, July 25, 1943 212
Midday Situation Report, July 26, 1943 218
Meeting of the Fuhrer with Field Marshal von Kluge, July 26, 1943 252
Excerpt from an Evening Situation Report, probably October 3, 1943 267
Midday Situation Report, October 4, 1943, at the Wolfsschanze 268
Evening Situation Report, October 26, 1943, at the Wolfsschanze 276
Midday Situation Report, November 19, 1943 285
Evening Situation Report, probably December 20, 1943 307
End of the Evening Situation Report, December 21, 1943 322
Midday Situation Report, December 22, 1943 at the Wolfsschanze 322
Meeting of the Fuhrer with General Zeitzler, December 27, 1943 332
Meeting of the Fuhrer with General Jodl and, joining later, General Zeitzler, December 28, 1943 346
Meeting of the Fuhrer with General Zeitzler, December 29, 1943 371
Meeting of the Fuhrer with Field Marshal von Kuchler, December 30, 1943 at the Wolfsschanze 375
1944 385
Adolf Hitler and the National Socialist Commanding Officer (NSFO) 385
Meeting of the Fuhrer with General Reinecke, January 7, 1944, in the Wolfsschanze 387
Midday Situation Report, January 28, 1944 401
Telephone Conversation Between the Fuhrer and General Zeitzler, January 28, 1944 416
Excerpt from a Situation Report, presumably from March 1944 418
Midday Situation Report, April 6, 1944 419
Evening Situation Report, May 18, 1944, at the Berghof 432
Evening Situation Report, June 18, 1944, at the Berghof 437
Meeting of the Fuhrer with Colonel General Jodl, July 31, 1944, in the Wolfsschanze 444
Meeting of the Fuhrer with Lieutenant General Westphal and Lieutenant General Krebs, August 31, 1944, at the Wolfsschanze 464
Midday Situation Conference, September 1, 1944, at the Wofsschanze 469
Evening Situation Report, September 17, 1944, at the Wolfsschanze 492
Midday Situation Report, November 6, 1944 507
The Fuhrer's Speech to Division Commanders, December 12, 1944, at Adlerhorst 533
Meeting of the Fuhrer with Colonel General Blaskowitz, December 28, 1944, at Adlerhorst 543
The Fuhrer's Speech to Division Commanders, December 28, 1944, at Adlerhorst 554
Meeting of the Fuhrer with Major General Thomale, December 29, 1944, at Adlerhorst 568
1945 585
Concluding Portion of a Midday Situation Report, presumably, January 9, 1945 585
Evening Situation Report, January 9, 1945, in Adlerhorst 591
Midday Situation Report, January 10, 1945, at Adlerhorst 596
Midday Situation Report, January 27, 1945, in Berlin 618
Evening Situation Report, February 24, 1945, in Berlin 667
Fragment of a Midday Situation Report, presumably March 1, 1945 675
Fragment of a Midday Situation Report, presumably March 2, 1945 677
Fragment of a Midday Situation Report, presumably on March 2, 1945 683
Final Part of the Midday Situation Report, March 2, 1945 685
Fragment of a Midday Situation Report, presumably March 10, 1945 694
Evening Situation Report, March 23, 1945, in the Fuhrer's apartment in Berlin 697
Hitler's Situation Reports, April 23, 25, and 27 717
2nd Situation Report, April 23, 1945 718
3rd Situation Report, April 23, 1945 719
Wednesday, April 25, 1945 720
2nd Situation Report, April 25, 1945 725
Friday, April 27, 1945 726
2nd Situation Report, April 27, 1945 731
3rd Situation Report, April 27, 1945 733
List of Participants 739
Introduction to the Notes 755
Notes 759
Bibliography 1128
Index 1140
Acknowledgements 1159
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