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|1.||Background and Youth||16|
|2.||The Creation of the German Armoured Force||18|
|3.||Hitler at the Peak of his Power||47|
|1938. The Blomberg-Fritsch crisis||47|
|The Incorporation of Austria into the Reich||49|
|The Incorporation of the Sudetenland into the Reich||57|
|The Situation Deteriorates Once Again||60|
|4.||The Beginning of the Disaster||64|
|The Drift to War||64|
|The Polish Campaign||65|
|Between the Campaigns||84|
|5.||The Campaign in the West||89|
|Preparations for the Campaign||89|
|The Break-through to the Channel||98|
|The Capture of the Channel Ports||114|
|Hitler's Momentous Order to Stop||117|
|The Break-through to the Swiss Border||120|
|6.||The Campaign in Russia, 1941||140|
|Crossing the Dnieper||167|
|Moscow or Kiev?||189|
|The Battle of Kiev||202|
|The Battles of Orel and Bryansk||226|
|The Advance to Tula and Moscow||242|
|My First Dismissal||264|
|7.||On Inactive Service||272|
|8.||The Development of the Armoured Force, January 1942 to February 1943||276|
|9.||Inspector-General of Armoured Troops||284|
|Appointment and First Actions||284|
|Dr. Goerdeler's Visits||300|
|Disagreements during the Second Half of 1943||312|
|The Year of Decision||327|
|10.||July 20th and its Sequel||338|
|11.||Chief of the General Staff||351|
|Operations on the Eastern Front||373|
|The Ardennes Offensive||379|
|Defensive Preparations in the East||381|
|The Russian Offensive||389|
|12.||The Final Collapse||425|
|13.||Leading Personalities of the Third Reich||430|
|The National and District Controllers||449|
|Hitler's Intimate Circle||451|
|14.||The German General Staff||454|
|'To Be or Not to Be, That is the Question!'||466|
Posted December 10, 2006
It is an extraordinary book that tells an extraordinary story of an extraordinary man. And that tell us about the end and the destruction of Germany from inside. Many lessons can be learn from this book: 1) the value of competence, that is the value of the author, 2) the value of innovation, that is the introducion of armoured mobile force in warfare, 3) the social mechanism of organization, i.e. the functioning of german Army during 2WW, 4) a first hand insight of the Nazi state and of the personality of its leaders, 5) the causes of the destrucion of Germany during 2WW. Eventually, a book that can tell the reader a lot of different stories.
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Posted June 16, 2005
This book tells it how it is. From a German's perspective, it goes down to the very last detail of what happens in a situation and why it happens. Guderian was a completely sane person and was NOT a brainwashed nazi officer like most others were in the high command. In the beginning, he predicts everything that would happen from the war with the western powers, to the 2 front war, to the lack of supplies and materials, to the collapse of the third reich. He quotes conversations directly with Hitler and himself and tells how Hitler admits Guderian's correctness in the beginning and his regret of not listening to him when it could have made a world a difference. If you're a WW2 fanatic such as I, this book is one you will enjoy very much.
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Posted November 1, 2013
The nazi-germany army could easily be defeated by The United States Army of today. So why read books like this?
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