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Women of the Third Reich (Hardback)

From Camp Guards to Combatants

WWII Hitler & the Third Reich Women of History

By Tim Heath
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 250
Illustrations: 30
ISBN: 9781526739452
Published: 18th September 2019

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The women of the Third Reich were a vital part in a complex and vilified system. What was their role within its administration, the concentration camps, and the Luftwaffe and militia units and how did it evolve in the way it did?

We hear from women who issued typewritten dictates from above through to those who operated telephones, radar systems, fought fires as the cities burned around them, drove concentration camp inmates to their deaths like cattle, fired Anti-Aircraft guns at Allied aircraft and entered the militias when faced with the impending destruction of what should have been a one thousand-year Reich.

Every testimony is unique, each person a victim of circumstance entwined within the thorns of an ideological obligation. In an interview with Traudl Junge, Hitler’s private secretary, she remembers: ‘There was so much hatred within it’s hard to understand how the state functioned…I am convinced all this infighting and competition from the males in Hitler’s circle was highly detrimental to its downfall’.

Women of the Third Reich provides an intriguing, humorous, brutal, shocking and unrelenting narrative journey into the half lights of the hell of human consciousness – sometimes at its worst.

A unique and extraordinary contribution to the growing library of World War II literature in general, and women's roles within the Third Reich in particular, "Women of the Third Reich: From Camp Guards to Combatants" is a core and essential addition to community and academic library 20th Century Military History collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

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Midwest Book Review

This is an excellent book from the outset, I was really looking forward to this as I for some reason love reading about the younger generation in Nazi Germany. Reading about what their lives entailed, how they were treated and how much control the regime had over them and were they as easily controlled as the adult population was. I have read previously another book written by Tim Heath and I think what you get from his books is that they are always well written and they come across at the readers level rather than being superficial or too much into the detail, the balance is always struck at the right level.

WWII is clearly the authors' expertise and if you read his other books which cover the same time period, he is clearly informed and knows his stuff. He has written a number of books about girls and women in Nazi Germany, so you know your going to get a well informed and accurate text to read. Which always makes a good difference because the youth of Germany is a much forgotten piece of history of the time.

I would recommend this book to every reader, whether you are a student of history or not, as it is an excellent read and certainly worth a five star read.

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UK Historian

From camp guards to combatants and typics to telephone operators, Heath shines a light on the experience and activities of women embroiled in the Third Reich.

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About Tim Heath

Born in to a military family, Tim Heath’s interest in history led him to research the air war of the Second World War, focussing on the German Luftwaffe and writing extensively for The Armourer Magazine. During the course of his research he has worked closely with the German War Graves Commission at Kassel, Germany, and met with German families and veterans alike. Born out of this work, Hitler's Girls is his first book. He lives in Evesham, Worcestershire, with his partner Paula.

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