The Second World War was Hitler’s personal war in many senses. He intended it, prepared for it, chose the moment for launching it, planned its course, and, on several occasions between 1939 and 1942, claimed to have won it.
Although the aims he sought to achieve were old nationalist aspirations, the fact that the policy and strategy for their realization were imposed so completely by Hitler meant that if victory had come, it would have been very much a personal triumph: the ultimate failure was thus a personal one too.
This book presents all of Hitler’s directives, from preparations for the invasion of Poland (31 August 1939) to his last desperate order to his troops on the Eastern Front (15 April 1945), whom he urges to choke the Bolshevik assault ‘in a bath of blood’. They provide a fascinating insight into Hitler’s mind and how he interpreted and reacted to events as they unfolded. The book also has detailed notes which link the Fuhrer’s orders and explain the consequences of his directives and how the Allies responded to them.
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Hugh Redwald Trevor-Roper, Baron Dacre of Glanton, was one of the most eminent historians of his generation. He was born in Northumberland in 1914 and educated at Oxford, where he was Regius Professor of Modern History from 1957 to 1980. In 1980 he was appointed Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge and was created a life peer in 1987. He was a prolific author who wrote on a wide range of historical periods, from medieval to contemporary, but he is particularly well-known for his work on the Third Reich, especially his The Last Days of Hitler (1947). Hugh Trevor-Roper died in 2003.
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Descripción Birlinn, 2005. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P111843410141