Inside the Nazi War Machine: How Three Generals Unleashed Hitler's Blitzkrieg upon the World

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In 1940, as Nazi Germany spread its wings of war, France stood secure in the knowledge that they possessed the largest, most formidable, and best equipped army in Europe. France also had a stalwart ally in Britain and the support of Holland and Belgium. But they were all about to face a new kind of enemy who fought a new kind of war. In this audio book, expert military strategist Bevin Alexander examines the groundbreaking martial concepts developed by three brilliant generals- Erwin Rommel, Erich von Manstein, ...
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Overview


In 1940, as Nazi Germany spread its wings of war, France stood secure in the knowledge that they possessed the largest, most formidable, and best equipped army in Europe. France also had a stalwart ally in Britain and the support of Holland and Belgium. But they were all about to face a new kind of enemy who fought a new kind of war. In this audio book, expert military strategist Bevin Alexander examines the groundbreaking martial concepts developed by three brilliant generals- Erwin Rommel, Erich von Manstein, and Heinz Guderian. Their plan was to unleash the power of the tank, grouping them into juggernauts that would slam into-and through-enemy lines, as aircraft supported them and ground forces swept in behind them. It was the Blitzkrieg. And it alerted the world that the deadly might of Germany could no longer be ignored...
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Publishers Weekly
Expert military strategist Alexander examines the battles that left the armies of Holland, France, Great Britain, and Belgium in ruins, revealing the methods Nazi Germany used in a six-week period in 1940 that ultimately led to the surrender of France. Maneuver warfare, or blitzkrieg, is a very quick and concentrated attack using groups of tanks supported by aircraft that aims to leave a gaping hole in the enemy's front. Alexander attributes the German success to the individual leadership the Germans granted subordinate commanders and, in turn, the army's flexibility. Generals Erwin Rommel, Erich von Manstein, and Heinz Guderian are credited with developing this excellent strategy, yet despite its efficacy, Hitler's stubborn vision of conquering the Soviet Union and exterminating Europe's Jewish population ultimately cost Germany the war. With a presentation of his extensive knowledge using both maps and the reconstruction of battles, Alexander's military expertise prevails best when he highlights the costly mistakes made by the German army during the war. Photos.
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Despite the misleading title, this is a perfectly respectable narrative of the opening days of the war, when some daring and well-executed tactics swamped the French and British forces. This is not an examination of the development of the innovative combined arms tactics or of the generals, but it's a lively narrative, effectively retelling the disaster that culminated in Dunkirk. A good addition to basic military history collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598597950
  • Publisher: Oasis Audio
  • Publication date: 9/7/2010
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Bevin Alexander is the author of ten books on military history, including How Wars Are Won and How
Hitler Could Have Won World War II
. He lives in Bremo Bluff, VA.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    The Exo-Force story and rules.

    Humanity lived for many years in peace on the mountain. This all changed when Sensei Kieken, a genius martial artist and technologist, created Mecha-One, a sentient golden robot to help with the Mining of a mysterious power source in the moutain. The idea caught on, and many more robots were made, although no one could replicate the artificial intelligence of Mecha-One. The Robots proved useful as laborers, until one day, Keiken decided to give Mecha-One the pass code to control the other robot laborers. Almost inevitably, the next thing Humankind knew was the robots attacking all humans. A task force was quickly assembled, the Exo-Force, to defend humans from the "robot menace." They suceeded, but the final battle deep inside the mountain split the Mountain in two, and Mecha-One fell in the crevace below. Forty years later, Humankind has rebuilt, and bridges span the two halves of the mountain. But, again, this was not to last. Mecha-One rebuilt his android army, and swiftly took over one half of the mountain. Humanity was left in pieces, with only a few small groups hiding in shelters across the half of the mountain that has not been taken over. But all was not lost. Sensei Keiken found a old hanger stocked with Exo-Suits, or Battle Machines, the superweapons the Legendary Exo-Force used in their battle against the Robots. He spent ten years searching for suitable canidates to pilot the Machines, for only certain people had the "Spark" that was required to pilot the Machines. Eventually, he found enough to rebuild the Exo-Force. <br>
    Takeshi: A hotheaded youth who's whole family was killed when the Robots took over. He/she will do anything to stop the Robots, even disobey a direct order. <br>
    Hi-Ya-To: A bumbling trickster who is suprisingly an amazing strategest. He\she is from a small villiage on the Human Half of the mountain. <br>
    Hikaru: See my bio.. <br>
    Ryo: A talented engineer. He/she is from a mining colony who was resposible for building the bridges that span the two sides of the mining colony. Although he/she doesn't typically fight, he/she's very skilled at it. <p>
    The New Exo-Force looked like it was going to win.. until Mecha-One unleashed his master plan. A bug in the Force's piloting computers... All of the Pilots were put in a coma, rendering them unable to stop the Robot forces from sweeping the mountain. Sensei Kieken and his Niece, Hitomi, berely managed to escape from the base with their and the pilot's lives. Now, a very small group of the last humans on the planet is refuging inside the Legendary Golden City, the capital of Humankind during it's peak, considered lost. However, even though the pilots's Battle Machines have been upgraded, and they've been joined by new pilots, Mecha-One seeks to eradicate humanity.. forever. The Exo-Force make their last stand here.. FOR HUMANITY!!! <p>
    Rules: You don't have to play as one of the pilots listed here, but I hope that you choose to. You can choose the gender, what they look like, and if you want to, the name given can be a last name. You get to choose what your Exo-Suit looks like. If you don't, feel free to make up your own character. The main rule is to have fun, and don't godmod. ((Okay, that's two rules.)) Bios are result three, main roleplay is result two. ((Although they may switch around.))

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    Posted September 25, 2012

    Firekit

    Firekit goes vack to the camp abd she says "I already know how to fight."

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    Posted September 21, 2012

    Shecat torture and force mating

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