Hitler's Soldiers: The German Army in the Third Reich

Hitler's Soldiers: The German Army in the Third Reich

by Ben H. Shepherd

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ISBN-13: 9780300228809
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 664
Sales rank: 634,330
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author


Ben H. Shepherd is reader in history, Glasgow Caledonian University. He lives in Glasgow, UK.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction ix

Part I Military Ascent, Moral Decline

1 The Army in the New Reich, 1933-36 3

2 The Road to War, 1936-39 22

Part II Triumph and Hubris

3 Poland, 1939-40 45

4 'Sitzkrieg', 1939-40 61

5 The Greatest Victory, 1940 72

6 Occupying the West, 1940-41 89

7 Planning Operation Barbarossa, 1940-41 110

8 Barbarossa Unleashed, 1941 134

Part III Losing the Initiative

9 Barbarossa Undone, 1941 161

10 Resistance and Reaction, 1941: Western Europe and Southeast Europe 190

11 Winter Crisis, 1941-42 203

12 The Desert War, 1941-42 219

13 Southern Russia and Stalingrad, 1942-43 242

14 Faces of Occupation, 1942-43: The Soviet Union 274

15 Faces of Occupation, 1942-43: Western Europe and Southeast Europe 297

16 The Initiative Lost, 1943 317

Part IV Beleaguered

17 Takeover in Southern Europe, 1943-44 341

18 The Eastern Front, 1943-44: The Ostheer Retreats 356

19 The Eastern Front, 1943-44: The Frontsoldat Endures 376

20 Italy, 1943-44 397

21 Fortress Europe Breached, 1943-44 418

Part V Defeat, Destruction and Self-Destruction

22 The Greatest Defeat, 1944 435

23 The Army 'Recovers', 1944-45 468

24 The Army Self-Destructs, 1945 497

Conclusion 521

Acknowledgements 537

Appendices 539

Appendix I Table of Acronyms 541

Appendix II Glossary of German Phrases 543

Appendix III Table of Equivalent Ranks 548

Appendix IV Figures 550

Appendix V Maps 554

Notes 555

Bibliography 604

Index 616

Notes on Illustrations 636

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