Hitler s Soldiers

For decades after 1945, it was generally believed that the German army, professional and morally decent, had largely stood apart from the SS, Gestapo, and other corps of the Nazi machine. Ben Shepherd draws on a wealth of primary sources and recent scholarship to convey a much darker, more complex picture. For the first time, the German army is examined throughout the Second World War, across all combat theaters and occupied regions, and from multiple perspectives: its battle performance, social composition, relationship with the Nazi state, and involvement in war crimes and military occupation. This was a true people’s army, drawn from across German society and reflecting that society as it existed under the Nazis. Without the army and its conquests abroad, Shepherd explains, the Nazi regime could not have perpetrated its crimes against Jews, prisoners of war, and civilians in occupied countries. The author examines how the army was complicit in these crimes and why some soldiers, units, and higher commands were more complicit than others. Shepherd also reveals the reasons for the army’s early battlefield successes and its mounting defeats up to 1945, the latter due not only to Allied superiority and Hitler’s mismanagement as commander-in-chief, but also to the failings—moral, political, economic, strategic, and operational—of the army’s own leadership.

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  • Author : Ben H. Shepherd
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Pages : 304 pages
  • ISBN : 0300219520
  • Rating : 4/5 from 21 reviews
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Hitler's Soldiers

Hitler's Soldiers
  • Author : Ben H. Shepherd
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release : 28 June 2016
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For decades after 1945, it was generally believed that the German army, professional and morally decent, had largely stood apart from the SS, Gestapo, and other corps of the Nazi machine. Ben Shepherd draws on a wealth of primary sources and recent scholarship to convey a much darker, more complex picture. For the first time, the German army is examined throughout the Second World War, across all combat theaters and occupied regions, and from multiple perspectives: its battle performance, social composition,

Hitler's Soldiers

Hitler's Soldiers
  • Author : Ben H. Shepherd
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release : 01 January 2016
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A penetrating study of the German army's military campaigns, relations with the Nazi regime, and complicity in Nazi crimes across occupied Europe For decades after 1945, it was generally believed that the German army, professional and morally decent, had largely stood apart from the SS, Gestapo, and other corps of the Nazi machine. Ben Shepherd draws on a wealth of primary sources and recent scholarship to convey a much darker, more complex picture. For the first time, the German army is

Hitler's Army

Hitler's Army
  • Author : Omer Bartov
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 26 November 1992
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Historical account of the ideological motives that permeated both the German army and the nation during World War II

Hitler's Jewish Soldiers

Hitler's Jewish Soldiers
  • Author : Bryan Mark Rigg
  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 01 March 2021
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The author explores the often overlooked historical issue of Jews or "partial Jews" serving in the Germany military--as many as 150,000 men who served as enlisted men, officers, and even generals. (Military History)

Blitzed

Blitzed
  • Author : Norman Ohler
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release : 06 October 2016
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The sensational international bestseller on the overwhelming role of drug-taking in the Third Reich 'The most brilliant and fascinating book I have read in my entire life' Dan Snow 'Extremely interesting ... a serious piece of scholarship, very well researched' Ian Kershaw The Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. Yet, as Norman Ohler's gripping bestseller reveals, the entire Third Reich was permeated with drugs: cocaine, heroin, morphine and, most of all, methamphetamines, or crystal meth, used by everyone from

Hitler's Wehrmacht, 1935--1945

Hitler's Wehrmacht, 1935--1945
  • Author : Rolf-Dieter Müller
  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Release : 01 September 2016
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Since the end of World War II, Germans have struggled with the legacy of the Wehrmacht -- the unified armed forces mobilized by Adolf Hitler in 1935 to ensure the domination of the Third Reich in perpetuity. Historians have vigorously debated whether the Wehrmacht's atrocities represented a break with the past or a continuation of Germany's military traditions. Now available for the first time in English, this meticulously researched yet accessible overview by eminent historian Rolf-Dieter Müller provides the most

The Wehrmacht

The Wehrmacht
  • Author : Wolfram WETTE
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release : 30 June 2009
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This book is a profound reexamination of the role of the German army, the Wehrmacht, in World War II. Until very recently, the standard story avowed that the ordinary German soldier in World War II was a good soldier, distinct from Hitler's rapacious SS troops, and not an accomplice to the massacres of civilians. Wolfram Wette, a preeminent German military historian, explodes the myth of a "clean" Wehrmacht with devastating clarity. This book reveals the Wehrmacht's long-standing prejudices against Jews,

The Indoctrination of the Wehrmacht

The Indoctrination of the Wehrmacht
  • Author : Bryce Sait
  • Publisher : Berghahn Books
  • Release : 10 March 2019
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Far from the image of an apolitical, “clean” Wehrmacht that persists in popular memory, German soldiers regularly cooperated with organizations like the SS in the abuse and murder of countless individuals during the Second World War. This in-depth study demonstrates that a key factor in the criminalization of the Wehrmacht was the intense political indoctrination imposed on its members. At the instigation of senior leadership, many ordinary German soldiers and officers became ideological warriors who viewed their enemies in racial

Rescued from the Reich

Rescued from the Reich
  • Author : Bryan Mark Rigg
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release : 01 October 2008
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When Hitler invaded Warsaw in the fall of 1939, hundreds of thousands of civilians—many of them Jewish—were trapped in the besieged city. The Rebbe Joseph Schneersohn, the leader of the ultra-orthodox Lubavitcher Jews, was among them. Followers throughout the world were filled with anguish, unable to confirm whether he was alive or dead. Working with officials in the United States government, a group of American Jews initiated what would ultimately become one of the strangest—and most miraculous—rescues

Blood Red Snow

Blood Red Snow
  • Author : Gunter Koschorrek
  • Publisher : Frontline Books
  • Release : 13 April 2011
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Günter Koschorrek wrote his illicit diary on any scraps of paper he could lay his hands on, storing them with his mother on infrequent trips home on leave. The diary went missing, and it was not until he was reunited with his daughter in America some forty years later that it came to light and became Blood Red Snow. The author’s excitement at the first encounter with the enemy in the Russian Steppe is obvious. Later, the horror

Islam and Nazi Germany's War

Islam and Nazi Germany's War
  • Author : David Motadel
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release : 30 November 2014
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With troops fighting in regions populated by Muslims from the Sahara to the Caucasus, Nazi officials saw Islam as a powerful force with the same enemies as Germany: the British Empire, the Soviet Union, and the Jews. David Motadel provides the first comprehensive account of Berlin’s ambitious attempts to build an alliance with the Islamic world.

Hitler's First Hundred Days

Hitler's First Hundred Days
  • Author : Peter Fritzsche
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release : 17 March 2020
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This unsettling and illuminating history reveals how Germany's fractured republic gave way to the Third Reich, from the formation of the Nazi party to the rise of Hitler. Amid the ravages of economic depression, Germans in the early 1930s were pulled to political extremes both left and right. Then, in the spring of 1933, Germany turned itself inside out, from a deeply divided republic into a one-party dictatorship. In Hitler's First Hundred Days, award-winning historian Peter Fritzsche offers a probing account