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Himmler: Hitler's Henchman (Paperback)

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Military Photographic Books WWII > Hitler & the Third Reich WWII > Photographic Books

By Ian Baxter
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 128
Illustrations: 250 mono illustrations
ISBN: 9781399096638
Published: 14th July 2022



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Heinrich Himmler has a strong claim to be Adolf Hitler’s most powerful subordinate. He was certainly the main architect of the Holocaust. Appointed Reichsfuhrer-SS in 1929 he built the SS into a million strong paramilitary force and took control of the Nazi concentration camps system. From 1943 he became Chief of German Police and Minister of the Interior with command of the Gestapo as well as the Einsatzgruppen, who committed appalling atrocities and murder in occupied Eastern Europe and Russia.

Despite his lack of military experience in the closing stages of the War he was appointed by Hitler as Commander of Army Group Vistula. Realising the war was lost, Himmler attempted to open peace talks with the Allies. Learning of this, Hitler dismissed him of all his posts in April 1945. Detained and arrested by British forces, he committed suicide on 22 May 1945.

The wartime career of this cruel and capable man is captured brilliantly with contemporary fully captioned images in this Images of War series work.

Ian’s use of photos to support the text is amazing and there is a lot to take in. I highly recommend this book despite the dark topic it covers.

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

The information in the book is very comprehensive and detailed and is supported throughout with a great number of photographs which is primarily what the aim of the book is.

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The History Fella

The volume of photographs of Himmler, as well as Hitler himself, tells another story of how the Nazi regime make such a thing of the use/power of propaganda, yet it gave a gloss to a murderous regime that is still so hard to understand. There is a part of me that questions a book that tackles the subject of Heinrich Himmler but the reality I think is that we have to consider the 'baddies' of history, even the worst of them, in an effort to try and understand the history of WW2 and hopefully prevent us from allowing repeat mistakes to happen. I'm not convinced we do, but that shouldn't stop us trying.

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Military Model Scene

This biography of Heinrich Himmler allows the reader to look into the details of the life and evolution of the Holocaust driven by this acolyte of Adolf Hitler. From simple beginnings to his early membership of the Nazi party to the single-minded devotion to rid non-Aryan peoples from across Nazi occupied Europe, describes a warped mind to us in the 21st Century. This book also should be proscribed reading for all those who do not acknowledge the Holocaust and for all of us take it as a warning that this could happen on this scale again.
The factual nature of the book also lays to rest some of the pre-conceived ideas and view of how the Nazi party machine orchestrated the clearing out of population of their occupied countries to make way for incoming Germans to replace them. This was never achieved as the rapid reversals that Germany suffered in 1943 prevent the German migration but did not stop the elimination of what they termed the undesirables. A chilling read.

NetGalley, Sandra Miller

Himmler: Hitler's Henchman, by Ian Baxter, is a chilling look at the person who on the outside looks like a bland administrator yet was internally driven to orchestrate cruel and inhuman atrocities.

While the sections that place the photographs in context is interesting, this is first and foremost a collection of photographs. Looked at alongside a history offers the reader a number of startling perspectives. What I mean by that is that I think readers will largely take slightly different thoughts away from this book. For me, it just kept stopping me in my tracks to see such mundane looking men coordinating such an evil organization. I think other readers may well be struck by other aspects.

I want to have this book handy and reread a biography of Himmler, probably Longerich's biography. I think having these newly available photographs will add to what I read. It is so easy to picture evil as a bunch of monsters, but evil can look like the man walking down the street or losing a reelection bid.

NetGalley, Jack Messer

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This gives you a detailed account of Himmler whom was one of Hitler’s Henchmen, Tells you all about him what he done when he rose to power of being Hitler’s Henchman and the terrible crimes he committed by putting all those innocent victims to death.. but then goes on to what happened after he fled to the south before he was caught and while being examined he committed suicide with a Cynaide pill so he didn’t have to admit to what he had done and pay the price.. cowardice

I totally recommend if your interested in WW2 non fiction as it was such a interesting read to read about one of Hitler’s henchman!

NetGalley, Shannon Wadlan

About Ian Baxter

Ian Baxter is a much-published author and photographic collector whose books draw an increasing following. Among his many previous titles in the Images of War Series are Hitler’s Boy Soldiers, Nazi Concentration Camp Commandants, The Ghettos of Nazi Occupied Poland, German Army on the Eastern Front – The Advance, German Army on the Eastern Front – The Retreat, The Crushing of Army Group (North) and the SS Waffen Division series including SS Leibstandarte Division, SS Totenkopf Division At War, Waffen SS of the Baltic States, Waffen SS at Arnhem and Waffen SS in the Ardennes. He lives near Chelmsford, Essex.

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