Tapping Hitler's Generals

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Between 1942 and 1945 the British Intelligence Service undertook an extraordinary surveillance operation. In the sedate surroundings of Trent Park, a large mansion with extensive grounds in North London, they used state of the art bugging equipment to listen in on the private conversations of captured high-ranking German officers. Unlike the countless postwar interrogations, these were unstructured conversations held freely among the officers, during which they touched upon the ...
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Tapping Hitler's Generals: Transcripts of Secret Conversations 1942-45

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Overview

Between 1942 and 1945 the British Intelligence Service undertook an extraordinary surveillance operation. In the sedate surroundings of Trent Park, a large mansion with extensive grounds in North London, they used state of the art bugging equipment to listen in on the private conversations of captured high-ranking German officers. Unlike the countless postwar interrogations, these were unstructured conversations held freely among the officers, during which they touched upon the most sensitive issues.

In this major new work Professor Neitzel has examined these incredible transcripts in depth for the first time. His findings are truly revealing and address important questions regarding the officers' attitudes towards the German leadership and Nazi policies: How did the German generals judge the overall war situation? From what date did they consider it lost? How did they react to the attempt on Hitler's life in July 1944? What knowledge did they have of the atrocities, either through their own experiences or based on the reports of others? By turns insightful and horrifying, this unprecedented research is a must for any serious scholar of the period and anyone interested in exploring the truth behind the image of an 'unblemished Wehrmacht'.

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The Daily Mail (London)
A goldmine of information about what the German High Command privately thought of the war, Adolf Hitler, the Nazis and each other. . . . Attempts to suggest that genocide was solely the responsibility of the SS and Nazi fanatics, and not widespread across the whole Wehrmacht, completely collapse before the evidence of these recordings.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844157051
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Ian Kershaw     7
Introduction
Observations on Research and Sources     13
Secret Monitoring of Prisoners of War in Great Britain and Trent Park PoW Centre     17
The Main Subjects of Discussion
Politics, Strategy and the Different Camps at Trent Park     30
'We Have Tried to Exterminate Whole Communities.' War Crimes in Trent Park Conversations     53
The Insurrection of Conscience. Reactions to 20 July 1944     57
Concluding Observations     60
The Documents
Politics, Strategy and the Different Camps at Trent Park     65
'We Have Tried to Exterminate Whole Communities.' War Crimes in Trent Park Conversations     167
The Insurrection of Conscience. Reactions to 20 July 1944     237
Short Biographies     281
Abbreviations     321
Endnotes     323
List of Documents     389
Sources and Bibliography     394
Acknowledgements     410
Index     411
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