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The German Army on the Eastern Front (Hardback)

An Inner View of the Ostheer's Experiences of War

WWII German Forces & Weaponry in WWII German Forces & Weaponry in WWI Military History

By Jeff Rutherford, Adrian Wettstein
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 228
ISBN: 9781473861749
Published: 8th May 2018



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Histories of the German army on the Eastern Front generally focus on battlefield exploits on the war as it was fought in the front line. They tend to neglect other aspects of the armys experience, particularly its participation in the racial war demanded by the leadership of the Reich. This ground-breaking book aims to correct this incomplete, often misleading picture. Using a selection of revealing extracts from a wide range of wartime documents, it looks at the totality of the Wehrmachts war in the East. The documents have previously been unpublished or have never been translated into English, and they offer a fascinating inside view of the armys actions and attitudes. Combat is covered, and complicity in Hitlers war of annihilation against the Soviet Union. There are sections on the conduct of the war in the rear areas logistics, medical, judicial and the armys tactics, motivation and leadership. The entire text is informed by the latest research into the reality of the conflict as it was perceived and understood by those who took part.

The authors have used previously unpublished extracts from a wide range of German documents and personal papers. This reinforces the accounts by
other authors, but also introduces new depth and fresh insights, making this a book that holds the readers attention to the last page.


Featured 'ON THE SHELF' by Neil Smith

Wargames Illustrated, May 2018

About Jeff Rutherford

Jeff Rutherford is Associate Professor of History at Wheeling Jesuit University, West Virginia. In addition to publishing many articles on the German army and the war on the Eastern Front, he is co-editor, with Alex J. Kay and David Stahel, of Nazi Policy on the Eastern Front, 1941: Total War, Genocide and Radicalization and the author of Combat and Genocide on the Eastern Front: The German Infantrys War, 1941-1944.

About Adrian Wettstein

Adrian Wettstein is Senior Academic Adviser at the Military Academy at ETH Zurich (MILAK). He has published a number of articles on the German army in the Second World War, focusing in particular on urban warfare, and he has also written on the French military mind before the First World War. He is the author of Die Wehrmacht im Stadtkampf 1939-1942.

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