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World War II: Stumbling Toward the Inferno
     

World War II: Stumbling Toward the Inferno

by Robert Wernick
 
"This is a story of World War II intelligence that was anything but: When Germany’s secret war plans fell into the hands of Belgian officials, Adolf Hitler was furious. “The Führer was possessed,” General Wilhelm Keitel reported later, “foaming at the mouth, pounding the wall with his fist and hurling the lowest insults at the

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"This is a story of World War II intelligence that was anything but: When Germany’s secret war plans fell into the hands of Belgian officials, Adolf Hitler was furious. “The Führer was possessed,” General Wilhelm Keitel reported later, “foaming at the mouth, pounding the wall with his fist and hurling the lowest insults at the ‘incompetents and traitors of the General Staff,’ whom he threatened with the death penalty.”

At the same time, the high commands in Brussels, London, and Paris went into little cyclones of essentially directionless activity. For one of the oddest aspects of this misadventure is that almost no one - on the German or Allied side - quite knew what to do about it. The plans confirmed an imminent threat to Belgium and Holland, Britain and France. But it also offered an opportunity to revamp their own, uninspired defensive strategies and perhaps beat their opponents to the punch.

On the other hand, the loss of their secret papers confronted Hitler and his staff with an urgent need to switch their own plans, unless, of course, the Allies might be doubly fooled by the Germans’ standing pat. As subsequent events unfolded, the incident and its aftermath became the perfect symbol of the mood on both sides during the eight-month pause in fighting after the Polish defeat, when indecision, ineptitude, and lassitude enveloped nearly everyone involved in making decisions - with the exception of Hitler and his bolder generals. Here, in this Snap, is the surprising story of the missteps on both sides before the world exploded in war."

Product Details

BN ID:
2940015942750
Publisher:
New Word City LLC
Publication date:
11/08/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Salvador Dali once called him the stupidest man in the world; Cary Grant described him as the smartest. New York Times bestselling author Robert Wernick is certainly talented. He has penned more than a dozen books and has contributed to a host of magazines, ranging from Vanity Fair to Life. His topics are as varied as the birth of town planning in the Mesolithic Age to a soul-baring Ferris-wheel ride with Marilyn Monroe to a climb up Mount Sinai. He has made his in Manhattan, Algiers, a ranch in the Nevada desert, San Francisco, the Basque coast, the Golden Isles of Georgia, and, most recently, the 14th Arrondissement of Paris.

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