Guarding Hitler (Kindle)
The Secret World of the Führer
Based on intelligence documents, personal testimonies, memoirs and official histories, including material only declassified in 2010, Guarding Hitler provides the reader with a fascinating inside look at the secret world of Hitler's security and domestic arrangements. The book focuses in particular on both the official and private life of Hitler during the latter part of the war, at the Wolfs Lair at Rastenburg, and Hitler's private residence at Berchtesgaden, the Berghof.
Guarding Hitler manages to offer fresh insights into the life and routine of the Fuhrer, and most importantly the often indiscreet opinions, observations and activities of the 'little people' who surrounded Hitler but whose stories have been overshadowed by the great affairs of state.
It covers not only the plots against Hitler's life but the way security developed as a result. His use of 'doubles' is examined as is security whilst travelling by land or air.
As little has been written about the security and domestic life of Adolf Hitler, Guarding Hitler allows the reader to delve deeper into this previously overlooked but nonetheless fascinating aspect of the world's most infamous man.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Patrick Carmen
Hitler is well known for his actions and policies that brought about the second war. What isn't known is the huge apparatus that kept him and his party members safely going from one country to another in a time of near constant assassination attempts against politicians of all parties.
Guarding Hitler starts with an interesting look at how it all started. The early years of the party and the players that fought for the rise of Hitler are described and the street fights and mayhem of his rise to power.The history continues with the first real introduction of security agents. Hitler and his SS and other forces are the modern progenators of the secret service that guards political leaders. A very interesting segment of this book covers Hitlers train that was hidden in the Wolfs Lair. The descriptions of the total security Hitler had are interestingly told as there seems to be a story behind lots of design of his protection.
The book continues with the attempt on his life in 1944 that failed. It is told in a way that I have never read before and had information in it that was new to me. The end of The Thousand Year Reich is told with the burning of Hitlers and Evas body in a wet hole in the ground in Berlin. The ones loyal to him to the end were there amazingly as they were devoted to their leader. These were some of the same bodyguards that he had had for years. Being a bodyguard for Hitler did not mean that you wont get a trip to the Russian front.So you had to be on your toes all the time.
A very interesting book that explores one of the most overlooked aspects of the German War Machine. None of this couldn't have happened without very skilled bodyguards keeping Hitler alive.
I recommend it to history buffs, and people with a special interest in this subject. The detailed accounts of the ones close to Hitler, and how he managed to escape death so many times is fascinating!NetGalley, Tove R
4 starsNetGalley, Joyce Fox
This book is an exhaustive treatise of the foundation, growth and changes in Hitler's personal contingent of bodyguards. Some of the names I had already known, but there were others that I did not.
Also listed are the numerous attempts on Hitler's life. He possessed surprising luck in dodging and avoiding – sometimes by minutes – attempts to kill him. A little ironic that he took his own life in the end.
I was interested in the description of how awful the communication between various units of the military was. The right hand didn't know what the left was doing...
I like the way the book tells at the end how the survivors of the bunker fared. Or, at least what is known of their fates. The book also contains a useful translation of German military terms, notes and a bibliography for those who want to further explore the subject.
A fascinating view into the close world Hitler inhabited and which shaped his life and decisions.Firetrench
A hive of interesting facts and almost unbelievable stories about Adolf Hitler... Well worth a look [and] well worth a read.War History Online