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A former regular officer who, as the military xiii THE GERMAN ARMY aide to Haider, the chief of the army general staff, sat in his chiefs office and attended with him more than a hundred daily military conferences with the dictator before heading the organization Abteilung of the general staff, he was particularly well qualified to write such a work even before he began the arduous post-war documentary research necessary to complete it.But although Miiller-Hillebrand has a wide and intimate knowledge of the German military personalities of the time, these secrets are rarely revealed in his volumes; the book remains a standard and factual work of prime importance with a penchant for organizational and equipment tables leading produced in meticulous detail. 355.3'0943 84-25374 ISBN 0-452-00739-9 First : Meridian Printing, March, 1985 123456789 PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA I. Nondimanco si vedeper esperienza ne nostri tempi, gran cose, che della fede hanno tenuto poco conto, e che hanno saputo con quelli principi aver fatto iastuzia aggirare hanno superato i uomini, ed alia fine sono fondati en su la cervelli degli quelli che si lealta.Recently, the Militargeschichtliches Forschungsamt (the Research Institute of the Bundeswehr) has published the first two (of a projected series of ten) volumes, Ursachen und Voraussetzungen der deutschen Kriegspolitik and Die Errichtung der Hegemonie auf dem europaischen Kontinent; and, although these are not classified as official German war histories, they will undoubtedly serve that purpose.This by an authorized reprint of a hardcvoer edition published Martin's Press. The present-day Bundesarchiv and the Militargeschichtliches Forschungsamt have already done extensive work in documenting and recounting the detail of the army expansion that took place during this geschichte der Generalstabe in first pre-war period: Tessin's Formations- 1933-1939 and Schmidt-Richberg's Die Deutschland 1871-1945 are two such published reference Wehrmacht works based on this research. Gunther Verlag; General Nehring's Die Geschichte der Deutschen \i THE GERMAN ARMY Panzerwaffe 1916-1945, published by Propylaen Verlag, Kochstrasse 50, D-1000 Berlin 61; Helmuth Greiner's Die Oberste Wehrmacht Fiihrung 1939-43, published by Limes Verlag, Romanstrasse 16, D-8000 Miinchen 19; and Le Operazioni della Unita ltaliane nel Settembre-Ottobre 1943, published by the Ministero della Difesa Stato Maggiore dell'Esercito-Ufficio Storico, Rome (1975).FOR INFORMATION PLEASE WRITE TO PREMIUM MARKETING DIVISION, NEW AMERICAN LIBRARY, 1633 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10019. Although the expansion was carried out too hurriedly, it was at least planned and controlled by the commander-in-chief of the army, for there is no evidence of any Fuhrer interference until 1938.Copyright © 1982 by Albert Seaton All rights reserved. Martin's Press, Inc., 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10010. And the activity of the general staff can be easily traced by the record.
For the writing of the second and probably the most important part of this work, that of the war years from 1939 to 1945, there is a superfluity, a conflicting confusion, of material that would require a lifetime to research and reproduce. I thank most gratefully the authors, editors, translators, publishers and agents for their kind permission to reproduce extracts from their works: Hitler's Last Days by Gerhard Boldt, published by Arthur Barker, 91 Clapham High Street, London SW4; The Final Entries - The Diaries of Joseph Goebbels, edited by Professor Trevor-Roper and translated by General Barry, published by Seeker and Warburg, 54 Poland Street, London Wl 1 Inside the Third Reich and Spandau - The Secret Diaries by Albert Speer, published by The Macmillan Publishing Co. of 866 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022; The Goebbels Diaries, edited by Louis P. MACHIAVELLI 1 1 Contents Maps ix Acknowledgements xi List of Notes on Sources and Style xiii Foreword xvii Introduction xix 1 The Legacy 2 In the Grip of Fear 21 3 From Reichsheer to German Army Towards a War Army 87 4 1 5 5 Poland and Moral Degeneration 113 6 The Emergence 131 7 New Commitments of the Feldherr 1941 145 8 Barbarossa 161 9 The 176 First Disasters 10 The Loss 1 The Twentieth 12 The Collapse Appendix C Army Groups in 199 220 of July 243 A Army Groups in the West and South Appendix B Appendix of Strategic Initiative the East Notes on the Main German Arms 258-9 260 261 Notes and Sources 270 Bibliography 283 Index 293 List of Maps 4 German Military Districts (Wehrkreise) 1933 German Conquest of Poland 1939 German Conquest of France 1940 German Military Districts (Wehrkreise) June 1941 5 Invasion of the Soviet Union 1941-2 6 Soviet Counter-Offensives 1943-5 7 Anglo-American Invasions 1 2 3 of Europe 1943-5 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 Acknowledgements like to acknowledge my grateful thanks to my publishers: Weidenand Nicolson/Arthur Barker of 9 Clapham High Street, London S W4, Rupert Hart-Davis (Granada Publishing) of 3 Upper James Street, London Wl (and Frogmore, St Albans, Hertfordshire), and B. Batsford of 4 Fitzhardinge Street, London Wl, for their kind agreement that should use certain paragraphs that have already appeared in my earlier books: The Russo-German War 1941-45 (Barker 1970), The Battle for Moscow 1 941-42 (Rupert Hart-Davis 1 97 1 ), Stalin as Warlord (Batsford 1 976) and The Fall of Fortress Europe 1943-45 (Batsford 1981).All of these works have been much used in the compilation of this other volumes. A very large number of German published accounts have been referred to during the writing of this history, particularly where these have been written by primary sources, participants in, or witnesses to, the events they describe.Inevitably, most of these were written after the war by senior officers.
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The sources used for this part of the book have included documents, many of them unpublished, letters from correspondents, interviews, and published printed material.