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Hitler's Command (Hardback)

Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, V Weapons, Jets and the A Bomb

Aviation > WWII > Luftwaffe Maritime > Naval > U-Boats Military > By Century > 20th Century WWII > German Forces & Weaponry WWII > Hitler & the Third Reich

By Rex Bashford
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 272
Illustrations: 30 mono illustrations
ISBN: 9781399070362
Published: 14th February 2024

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Hitler arrogated to himself the power to make all critical decisions relating to the strategic and operational deployment of the entire Wehrmacht, and this volume analyses the effect of his decisions on the Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine. How did his decisions affect the development of German Jet aircraft? And the types of U-Boats used? How did he decide what priority to assign to key weapons in the overall German war effort? What determined how programs such as the V1, V2 and the potential German Atomic bomb were integrated into the German war effort? All these matters were critical to the actual operational power of the Wehrmacht as opposed to its theoretical potential. Similarly, what was the effect of the allied strategic bombing campaign on Germany’s war potential and how effective were the steps Hitler ordered against it? Finally, what did the leading military figures of the Third Reich such as Field Marshals von Rundstedt, Rommel, Kluge, Bock, Model and Kleist think of Hitler’s command? Did the Chiefs of the General Staff during the war – Halder, Zeitzler and Guderian state their views? And what was the effect of the attempt on Hitler’s life through ‘Operation Valkyrie’ on military operations?

Hitler's Command is the third in a three part in depth study and deals with Hitler’s influence on the Wehrmacht and how his decisions influenced the advancement of weapons technology in this pivotal era of the Second World War.

A fascinating look into the inner workings of Hitler and the nazi party. This book covers everything from U boats to how leaders of the third reich reacted to Hitlers rule. It was very interesting to read about these well known events, weapons and people from the eyes of the enemy and commander in chief, to understand his overall vision and where things differed from his plan.

NetGalley, Kate Davies

5 out of 5

A good overall review and analysis of Hitler flawed decisions on sea and aerial warfare. Gives a lot of sources of leaders who where in the Wehrmacht at the time like Kesselring, Doenitz and Warlimont.

Great jumping point to analysis the big picture of World War Two like logistic, politics and other non video game stuff like big weapons etc.

GoodReads, Mathieu Gaudreault

An interesting look inside of Hitler's Nazi empire and the fractures caused by his attempts to direct the war effort. The author does a great job of explaining the impacts and failures caused by Hitler and how it affected the war. There was a good use of first-hand accounts and testimonies to further illustrate the points being made. This is a good read for the historical enthusiast.

NetGalley, Ron Baumer

About Rex Bashford

Rex Bashford has been an avid student of military history at all periods during the whole of his life. He has collected an extensive library with many source materials on a wide variety of historical subjects, especially the military history of WW1 and WW2. He was admitted the Supreme Court of NSW as a Barrister in 1985 and has practiced as a consultant to many of the largest companies in Australia and international concerning insurance programs.

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