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The first soldier : Hitler as military leader / Stephen Fritz.

By: Fritz, Stephen G, 1949-.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2020Description: xvi, 459 pages : ill., maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780300251463 :.Subject(s): Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945 -- Military leadership. -- Biography | Germany. Wehrmacht. Amt Ausland/Abwehr | World War, 1939-1945 -- Germany | Military history, Modern -- 20th centuryDDC classification: 940.5343 Summary: A leading expert reexamines history to offer a stunningly original portrait of Hitler as a competent military commander and strategist After Germany’s humiliating World War II defeat, numerous German generals published memoirs claiming that their country’s brilliant military leadership had been undermined by the Führer’s erratic decision making. The author of three highly acclaimed books on the era, Stephen Fritz upends this characterization of Hitler as an ill-informed fantasist and demonstrates the ways in which his strategy was coherent and even competent. That Hitler saw World War II as the only way to retrieve Germany’s fortunes and build an expansionist Thousand-Year Reich is uncontroversial. But while his generals did sometimes object to Hitler’s tactics and operational direction, they often made the same errors in judgment and were in agreement regarding larger strategic and political goals. A necessary volume for understanding the influence of World War I on Hitler’s thinking, this work is also an eye-opening reappraisal of major events like the invasion of Russia and the battle for Normandy. -- Publisher
List(s) this item appears in: New Acquisitions August-October 2020
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

A leading expert reexamines history to offer a stunningly original portrait of Hitler as a competent military commander and strategist

After Germany’s humiliating World War II defeat, numerous German generals published memoirs claiming that their country’s brilliant military leadership had been undermined by the Führer’s erratic decision making. The author of three highly acclaimed books on the era, Stephen Fritz upends this characterization of Hitler as an ill-informed fantasist and demonstrates the ways in which his strategy was coherent and even competent.

That Hitler saw World War II as the only way to retrieve Germany’s fortunes and build an expansionist Thousand-Year Reich is uncontroversial. But while his generals did sometimes object to Hitler’s tactics and operational direction, they often made the same errors in judgment and were in agreement regarding larger strategic and political goals. A necessary volume for understanding the influence of World War I on Hitler’s thinking, this work is also an eye-opening reappraisal of major events like the invasion of Russia and the battle for Normandy. -- Publisher

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