Hitler's War: Germany's Key Strategic Decisions, 1940-1945

Hitler's War: Germany's Key Strategic Decisions, 1940-1945

by Heinz Magenheimer


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ISBN-13: 9780304362080
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date: 05/28/2002
Series: Cassell Military Paperbacks Series
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.16(w) x 7.82(h) x 0.89(d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7(2)
Introduction 9(8)
From the Battle of Britain to the Beginning of the Confrontation with the Soviet Union: July to December 1940
The Political-Strategic Situation in the Summer of 1940: Considerations, Options, Alternatives
The Battle of Britain and its Contribution to the First Turn of the War
The Sphinx in the East: The Confrontation with the Soviet Union
'Preventive War' or War of Two Aggressors?
German Armaments Production as the Outcome of Strategic Improvisation
Results and Conclusions
Preliminary Decision: The Turn of the War in the Autumn of 1941
Relative Strengths, Initial Positions and Victory in the First Phase of the Attack
The Question of the 'Major Blunders' in July and August 1941
The Soviet Union on the Brink of Collapse: Battle on Two Fronts
Failure of 'Operation Barbarossa' before Leningrad and Moscow
Summary: The Turn of the War in December 1941 as Seen within the Framework of Overall Strategy
The Turn of the War 1942-1943: The Final Loss of the Strategic Initiative by the Axis Powers
The Controversial German War Aims for 1942
The Partial Offensive on the Eastern Front in 1942 as Seen within the Framework of a Strategic Defence
Setting the Points: Operational Fragmentation on the Way to Stalingrad
The Collapse of the Southern Flank of the Eastern Front and its Consequences
The Turn of the War in the Mediterranean: Malta, El-Alamein, Tunisia
The Failure of the Offensively Conducted Defence of 'Fortress Europe' in 1943
Overall Situation and Mobilization of Forces within the Framework of 'Total War'
The Question of 'Closing Down the Eastern Front' and a Separate German-Soviet Peace
The Turn at Kursk: Failure of 'Operation Citadel'
The Collapse of Italy
The Law of Gravity 1944
The Air Battle over Germany and the Economic War in 1943-1944
The Invasion in the West and the Collapse of Army Group Centre in Mid-1944
The Ardennes Offensive of 1944-1945: A Missed Opportunity to Turn the War?
Final Considerations
Notes 290(25)
Bibliography 315(30)
Index 345

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a sophomore in high school and I read this book for a research project that I did on Adolf Hitler. I read this book thinking that it would be about Hitler than it was about World War II. I needed more information about Hitler than this book gave me. I personally did not like it because some of the history was confusing and I lost interest very quickly. It lost me many times and confused me on multiple occasions. Hitler was not mentioned a lot in the book. It was mostly German soldiers and the small wars that tried to prevent the big war of countries. Winston Churchill was mentioned more than Hitler. The author described the little things that did not make much of a difference during the war and the unimportant material was talked about in depth. He talked about the little meetings that are not that important to the outcome of the war. There were maps on the side of the pages and they were not talked about but mostly a visual aid that was not talked about as much as I would have liked. Overall, this book was not my favorite and was not a help for my research project. This book may be better for a college student who is studying to be a historian.