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Hitler’s Defeat on the Western Front, 1944–1945 (Paperback)

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

Military Photographic Books WWII > German Forces & Weaponry WWII > Hitler & the Third Reich WWII > Photographic Books

By Hans Seidler
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 140
Illustrations: 250
ISBN: 9781526731579
Published: 7th May 2019



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Hitler’s Defeat on the Western Front 1944-1945 is a compelling account of the Nazis’ ten month struggle against the overwhelming Allied military might on the Western Front.

Thanks to the successful Images of War format of authoritative text supported by copious, well captioned contemporary images, the reader witnesses the intensity of the fighting from the Normandy beaches, through France and the Low Countries and finally into Germany itself.

Despite demoralising withdrawals and reversals the Wehrmacht, Waffen-SS, Hitlerjugend, Volkssturm with many barely trained conscripts, continued to fight tenaciously inflicting significant losses on their superior enemy. The graphic images are testimony to their exhaustion and resilience but defeat became increasingly certain. Even when the Allies crossed the Rhine in early 1945 with the Russians closing on Berlin from the East, the shattered remnants of Hitler’s once all-conquering forces had nowhere to go. That did not stop fanatical elements fighting to the death but the bulk of the survivors accepted surrender as inevitable. This superbly illustrated book captures the drama of that historic period.

The photographs are well-presented and the order of events is made clear with some style. The author has avoided images that I’ve seen before and this makes the book a bit of a catch for collectors of German photographs.

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War History Online, Mark Barnes

Magnificent documentation with a good track of the combats visually speaking.

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Miniaturas JM

For those like me who appreciate this particular series from the Pen & Sword publishing house, this volume represents another small chapter to preserve and browse in order to have visual knowledge of what was the campaign on the western theater in the last disastrous months of the Hitlerite army . But even for others this book can be a text of great interest and value!

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Old Barbed Wire Blog

This book graphically shows the exhaustion and resignation of the soldiers who realized that they were fighting on past defeat in the most pointless form of combat – Highly Recommended

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Highly recommended

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Arrse, June 2019

As featured on Military Model Scene

Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

A superb collection of images to be treasured by historians and authors as well. A great addition to any war library.

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I really enjoyed it... be warned once you buy one Images of War book, you'll want more! Fantastic!

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The View From The Turret Vlog

The pictures are great, and having them at ones' fingertips as reference in book form is fab. There are also some additional appendices, giving unit compositions and OOBs. So, all in all, a useful and enjoyable addition to the Images of War series.

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A Question Of Scale, Seb Palmer

This title as part of the Images at War series is another great title in the line up as the images do show the demise of the German force very well. The stress of war and being pushed from one defensive location to the next and I believe realising that the writing was on the wall for them can, to a good degree be seen in the faces depicted on many occasions. The equipment is a nice mix and covers most of the vehicles in use by Germany including some of the rarer items such as the half track mounted Panzerwerfer. I doubt you will ever gather this many period photographs for a price as low as this book can be obtained for and that is before you factor in the great captions.

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About Hans Seidler

Hans Seidler is an avid collector of rare wartime images. He is the author of Hitler’s Tank Killers and cooperated with Ian Baxter on Barbarossa (both published by Pen and Sword in the Images of War Series). He can be contacted through Ian Baxter who lives near Chelmsford.

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