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Inside Hitler's headquarters, 1939-45

Author: Walter Warlimont
Publisher: New York : F.A. Praeger, 1964.
Series: Books that matter.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is the story of World War 2 as seen from Germany's supreme headquarters by the general who was at the center of power during one of history's most shattering periods. Hitler displayed uncanny military intuition but was incapable of carrying out professional military operations. Greedy for praise, he carefully picked the most spineless and sycophantic general officers. Surrounded by "yes men," he finally ran the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Walter Warlimont
OCLC Number: 285524
Notes: Translation of: Im Hauptquartier der deutschen Wehrmacht 1939-1945.
Description: x, 658 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Part 1. The background. The higher organization of the Wehrmacht (The commander-in-chief and his staff --
The unity of the Wehrmacht, internal and external --
Hitler's seizure of military power --
New drive and new organization --
The road to war) --
Lessons of the Polish campaign. Part 2. The build-up of the headquarters, September 1939-May 1940. The setting --
The picture within (Tensions and failures within the OKW operations staff --
Relationships with the services --
Relations with Allies) --
Denmark and Norway --
a special case. Part 3. The period of overwhelming military success, May 1940-December 1941. The curtain rises --
The campaign in the west --
Transition from west to east (Past dead centre --
Dissensions new and old --
The Mediterranean, the Balkans and the Middle East) --
The eastern campaign --
the preparatory period (OKH in the lead --
Inference by Hitler --
The Allies --
Final instructions --
The "criminal order") --
The eastern campaign --
from the start of the campaign to the winter crisis (The new field headquarters --
Cross-currents in supreme headquarters as the pendulum begins to swing --
The first phase --
The second phase --
The third phase). Part 4. The turn of the tide, December 1941-November 1942. General survey --
The winter crisis 1941-42 (A sudden turn of events --
Entry into the war of Japan and the United States --
Changes of organization and personnel at the head of the Wehrmacht --
A look at Hitler's briefing conferences) --
A new start (The basic strategy --
Methods and objectives in the east --
The OKW theaters of war) --
Greater crisis on the horizon (The seeds --
Summer 1942 --
Storm signals --
The real turn of the tide). Part 5. Setting sun, November 1942-summer 1944. Signs of the times --
Stalingrad to Tunis --
East-south tug-of-war up to the collapse of Italy (A fresh basis and fresh dissensions --
The fall of Mussolini --
The break-up of the Axis) --
Facing war on two or more fronts (Up to the end of 1943 --
The early months of 1944) --
Invasion (Attempt to conduct an offensive-defensive up to the end of June --
Passive defence --
up to the end of July --
From the break-through at Avranches to the end in Normandy). Part 6. The death-throes, summer 1944-May 1945. To the end of 1944 (The headquarters under the shadow of 20 July --
Collapse of the fronts and alliances --
The Ardennes offensive) --
Disintegration to capitulation. Appendices. Additional fragments of Hitler's conferences --
Three pieces of evidence --
Chronology --
Sources (Documents --
Bibliography) --
The author's career.
Series Title: Books that matter.
Other Titles: Im Hauptquartier der deutschen Wehrmacht 1939-1945.
Responsibility: Walter Warlimont ; translated from the German by R.H. Barry.

Abstract:

This is the story of World War 2 as seen from Germany's supreme headquarters by the general who was at the center of power during one of history's most shattering periods. Hitler displayed uncanny military intuition but was incapable of carrying out professional military operations. Greedy for praise, he carefully picked the most spineless and sycophantic general officers. Surrounded by "yes men," he finally ran the war almost singlehanded.

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