Hitler and His Generals: Military Conferences 1942-1945

Hitler and His Generals: Military Conferences 1942-1945

by Helmut Heiber
     
 

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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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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781929631285
Publisher:
Enigma Books
Publication date:
01/01/2004
Pages:
1211
Sales rank:
766,226
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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