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Author Shepherd, Ben (Ben H.), author.

Title Hitler's soldiers : the German army in the Third Reich / Ben H. Shepherd.

Publication Info. New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [2016]


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Description xxiii, 639 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
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Summary "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"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 604-615) and index.
Contents The Army in the New Reich, 1933-36 -- Road to War, 1936-39 -- Poland, 1939-40 -- "Sitzkrieg," 1939-40 -- The Greatest Victory, 1940 -- Occupying the West, 1940-41 -- Planning Operation Barbarossa, 1940-41 -- Barbarossa Unleashed, 1941 -- Barbarossa Undone, 1941 -- Resistance and Reaction, 1941 : Western Europe and Southeast Europe -- Winter Crisis, 1941-42 -- The Desert War, 1941-42 -- Southern Russia and Stalingrad, 1942-43 -- Faces of Occupation, 1942-43 : The Soviet Union -- Faces of Occupation, 1942-43 : Western Europe and Southeast Europe -- The Initiative Lost, 1943 -- Takeover in Southern Europe, 1943-44 -- The Eastern Front, 1943-44 : The Ostheer Retreats -- The Eastern Front, 1943-44 : The Frontsoldat Endures -- Italy, 1943-44 -- Fortress Europe Breached, 1943-44 -- The Greatest Defeat, 1944 -- The Army "Recovers," 1944-45 -- The Army Self-Destructs, 1945.
Subject Germany. Heer -- History -- World War, 1939-1945.
Soldiers -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Germany. Heer -- Military life -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Germany.
Command of troops -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Occupied territories.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities.
War crimes -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
HISTORY -- Military -- World War II.
HISTORY -- Europe -- Germany.
HISTORY -- Military -- Strategy.
Germany. Heer.
HISTORY -- Military -- World War II.
HISTORY -- Europe -- Germany.
HISTORY -- Military -- Strategy.
Germany. Heer. (OCoLC)fst00534549
World War (1939-1945) (OCoLC)fst01180924
Atrocities. (OCoLC)fst00820727
Command of troops. (OCoLC)fst00869220
Military campaigns. (OCoLC)fst01710190
Military occupation. (OCoLC)fst01021341
Soldiers. (OCoLC)fst01125233
War crimes. (OCoLC)fst01170465
Germany. (OCoLC)fst01210272
Deutsches Reich Wehrmacht (DE-588)26159-2
Deutschland Wehrmacht (DE-588)4064995-7
Heer (DE-588)4132034-7
Weltkrieg 1939-1945 (DE-588)4079167-1
Deutschland (DE-588)4011882-4
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Indexed Term Germany Heer History 20th century
Germany History 1933-1945
Germany History, Military 20th century
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780300179033 (cloth ; alkaline paper)
0300179030 (cloth ; alkaline paper)
Standard No. 9780300179033
AU@ 000057132408
AU@ 000057897476
CHBIS 010567183
CHVBK 361776217
DEBSZ 469317531
GBVCP 847977277
NLGGC 408643579
UNITY 137996241
CHVBK 438404998
CHDSB 006676853

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