Memoirs of Field-Marshal Wilhelm Keitel: Chief of the German High Command, 1938-1945

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These extraordinary memoirs—written by German Field-Marshal Wilhelm keitel (1882-1946) in the six weeks before he was hung in Nuremberg for war crimes—offers readers an unparalleled insider's view of the blitzkrieg against Poland, the conquest of France, and the brutal campaign against the Soviet Union. Most startling is his account of the final eighteen days of the Thrid Reich, which he personally directed.
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Overview

These extraordinary memoirs—written by German Field-Marshal Wilhelm keitel (1882-1946) in the six weeks before he was hung in Nuremberg for war crimes—offers readers an unparalleled insider's view of the blitzkrieg against Poland, the conquest of France, and the brutal campaign against the Soviet Union. Most startling is his account of the final eighteen days of the Thrid Reich, which he personally directed.
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Editorial Reviews

Christian Science Monitor
A shocking illustration of how honor and loyalty can be misused....The real value of the book lies in its unvarnished—-though often involuntary—portrayal of the moral confusion that spread through Hitler's Germany.
— Ernest S. Pisko
World War II History
This is an unparalleled insider's account of Nazi Germany, including Hitler and its other leaders, its uncoordinated and often inefficient ministries, service branches, and industrial complex, and its diabolical philosophies and sometimes disastrous strategies.
And The New York Times Book Review
Important and revealing...a frightening picture of the German militarist....Keitel appears as tragic figure living in an unbelievable doctrinaire world of fantastic automatons all lacking one vital asset—a sense of morality.
— Cornelius Ryan
Christian Science Monitor - Ernest S. Pisko
A shocking illustration of how honor and loyalty can be misused....The real value of the book lies in its unvarnished—-though often involuntary—portrayal of the moral confusion that spread through Hitler's Germany.
The New York Times - Cornelius Ryan
Important and revealing...a frightening picture of the German militarist....Keitel appears as tragic figure living in an unbelievable doctrinaire world of fantastic automatons all lacking one vital asset—a sense of morality.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815410720
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1ST COOPER
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 693,073
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Part I
1 The Background and Career of Field-Marshal Keitel, 1882-1946 11
Part II
2 The Blomberg-Fritsch Crisis, 1938 35
3 From Austria to the end of the French Campaign, 1938-1940 54
4 Prelude to the Attack on Russia, 1940-1941 120
5 The Russian Campaign, 1941-1943 165
6 Extracts from Keitel's Wartime Letters to his Wife 187
7 The Bomb Plot, 20th July 1944 192
8 The Last Days under Adolf Hitler, 1945 196
9 Afterthoughts 235
Part III
10 The Indictment 241
Notes 270
Index 282
Maps
1 The Invasion of France, 1940 109
2 Barbarossa--The German Invasion of Russia, 1941 149
3 The Black Summer of 1942 173
4 The Battle for Berlin, 1945 211
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