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Hitler's Gladiator: The Life and Wars of Panzer Army Commander Sepp Dietrich
     

Hitler's Gladiator: The Life and Wars of Panzer Army Commander Sepp Dietrich

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by Charles Messenger
 

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A charismatic yet notorious character, Sepp Dietrich the man is impossible to separate from Sepp Dietrich the General, who was awarded twenty-four different honors during his service to the Nazi party and was known for his devotion to his men as he led them through some of the fiercest fighting in the war. In this extensively researched book, historian Charles

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A charismatic yet notorious character, Sepp Dietrich the man is impossible to separate from Sepp Dietrich the General, who was awarded twenty-four different honors during his service to the Nazi party and was known for his devotion to his men as he led them through some of the fiercest fighting in the war. In this extensively researched book, historian Charles Messenger attempts to discover the truth about this sparsely documented man, painting a vivid picture of the aggressive war and politics under the Third Reich. From Dietrich’s humble upbringing and his eventual rise to General, to his dissatisfaction with Hitler’s leadership and the trials he faced after the war, Dietrich remains a mysterious figure in history.

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ISBN-13:
9781616082833
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
07/20/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
734,465
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 5.30(d)

Meet the Author

Charles Messenger has published over thirty books, including The Second World War in the West. He lives in London.

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Hitler's Gladiator 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author freely admits up front that there is very little actual information about the subject's life from typical reference sources. No personal diary from Dietrich himself. No possibility of interviewing him or his wife since neither was living when the book was begun. No children old enough at the time to have strong memories. That left only secondary and tertiary sources that the author notes were fragmentary and inconsistent. The result is a biography whose subject is not even mentioned for pages on end, as the great sweep of war is described both in top level strategic terms and at the level of units with which Dietrich was involved, although all too often nothing is apparently known about exactly what his actions were in that connection. Precisely because of this lack of information, the author yields to the temptation to speculate, bwsed on known or reported facts from the historical record. Did Dietrich give the order to massacre four thousand Russian prisoners in revenge for the killings of far fewer of his own people at Russian hands? Nobody knows. But the author meanders around the inconsistent historical record for quite a while before finally admitting the obvious. In incidents like this the reader may begin to feel that, despite an up-front assurance that this book intends to be objective, the author has a sort of sympathy for Dietrich and misses few chances to emphasize the less damning interpretation when there are conflicting possibilities. If you're looking for a broad history of the events leading up to Hitler's rise to power as seen from the inside, this book's early chapters will deliver that in a highly interesting way. If you want a retelling of Second World War battles from the standpoint of SS field units, you'll probably be happy too. But if you hope to get a detailed picture of Sepp Dietrich, though, you're likely to be disappointed by the sketchy information that is all that any historian has to draw on. Since there just isn't anything more, this is likely to be the best biography that can be put together on Dietrich, but readers should be aware of its inherent limitations and sometimes apparent character biases.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting title followed by a meandering trudge
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This sounds very interesting - I think I will order it.  Thanks!
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