Naval Officers Under Hitler: The Men of Crew 34

Naval Officers Under Hitler: The Men of Crew 34

by Eric C. Rust


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This book is a collective biography of the 318 men who joined the German Navy in 1934 to become officers. It traces their lives from their upbringing in the Weimar Republic through their post-war careers. Unique in its subject matter and methodology in both German and international military historiography, Naval Officers under Hitler is a professional, political, and psychological group portrait based on personal interviews and correspondence as well as archival research. It stresses the drama of recent German history that these officers experienced closely as observers, participants, victims, and sometimes, beneficiaries. The author argues that the vast majority of junior naval officers under Hitler, while well trained and prepared to defend their fatherland as good patriots, felt no profound or lasting attachment to Nazi ideology. Instead, their ideological preferences remained with patriotic, conservative groups such as the German National People's Party and its successor organizations after World War II. Otherwise love of the sea and of the naval profession lay at the center of their overall worldview and priorities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682472316
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Publication date: 11/15/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

ERIC RUST, a native of L beck, Germany, and veteran of the Bundesmarine, has been a professor of history at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, since 1984. He has a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on German maritime and naval history, especially submarine warfare.

Table of Contents

Tables vi

Preface To The Paperback Edition vii

Acknowledgments xiii

List of Abbreviations xv

1 Introduction 1

2 An Uneven Heritage 7

3 Destination Dänholm 15

4 Apprenticeship 37

5 War: The Military Record 77

6 War: The Human Response 109

7 New Beginnings, New Horizons 131

8 Calmer Waters 151

9 Conclusion 171

Notes 177

Bibliography 199

Index 215

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