Overview

Osprey's examination of Germany's home front situation during World War II (1939-1945). At the outbreak of war in 1939 Germany was committed to the concept of Blitzkrieg - a swift and decisive war. Yet, the reality became something very different as every corner of German society was hit by the realities of war.

This book details the critical civilian support that was necessary to maintain Nazi control of the civilian population and ...
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The German Home Front 1939-45

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Overview

Osprey's examination of Germany's home front situation during World War II (1939-1945). At the outbreak of war in 1939 Germany was committed to the concept of Blitzkrieg - a swift and decisive war. Yet, the reality became something very different as every corner of German society was hit by the realities of war.

This book details the critical civilian support that was necessary to maintain Nazi control of the civilian population and includes first-hand accounts of the experiences of civilians who suffered at the hands of their own government as well as enduring the deprivations and fears of wartime life. With analysis and descriptions of civil and home services, from air raid wardens to postwomen, this book provides a detailed, lavishly illustrated description of wartime life in Germany, exploring the tentacles of the Nazi state as they affected every man, woman and child.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Brian L Davis' The German Home Front 1939-45 chronicles German civilian life during the war and the duties and challenges of living in a Nazi state..." -California Bookwatch (December 2007)

"Author Brian Davis takes what seems to be a very confusing mix of bureaucracies and makes sense of them... A truly interesting and somewhat unique look at warfare and the organization of the German state during the Second World War. Highly recommended." - Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (October 2007)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780967479
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/22/2012
  • Series: Elite
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,333,821
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Brian L Davis is one of the world's leading experts on the insignia and regalia of Nazi Germany. For this volume he has extensively researched the minutiae of daily life during the Third Reich. His has previously published a three-volume series on the Flags of the Third Reich for the Osprey Men-at-Arms series. The author lives in Surrey, UK.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     3
The National Socialist State     4
The NSDAP take-over of government from 1933
Administration - Ministries and General Commissions
The Party leadership structure
Law and the Penal System     9
The courts - prisons - concentration camps
The Police: Ordnungspolizei - Sicherheitspolizei und Sicherheitsdienst - Sonderpolizei
The Persecution of Jews in Germany     15
Progressive introduction of anti-Semitic measures, 1933-41
Employment     20
The State Labour Service - the Four-Year Plan - the crisis of January 1942 - foreign workers - child labour - the crisis of January 1943 - 'total war' measures
Women in the labour force
Civil Life     25
Public health
Rationing and shortages
Compulsory collections
Propaganda and censorship - radio broadcasting - films
Postal and telephone services
The Air War Against Germany     43
Summary of the bombing campaign
Fire Defence     49
Fire Protection Police - Volunteer Fire Brigades
Civil Defence     51
Organization: ministerial and Luftwaffe responsibilities - national services - local services - State Air Protection League - industrial premises - railways, post office and waterways
Air Protection Warning Service
Air Protection Police
Self-Protection and Extended Self-Protection services
Works Air Protection Service
Post-raid services - evacuation
Plate Commentaries     59
Index     64
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