The War Aims and Strategies of Adolf Hitler

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The War Aims and Strategies of Adolf Hitler

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 545 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780786420544
  • DDC分類 940.54

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Many have commented upon Hitler's inexplicable behavior during World War II - failing to invade England; neglecting his air force; engaging enemies on multiple fronts and more. Viewed in terms of Germany's struggle against the West, these actions made little sense, but the war against Western powers had little to do with Hitler's grand plan: to conquer Russia and lands to the east of Germany, eradicate or enslave their populations, and create a vast Teutonic empire. Hitler's actions were consistent throughout in light of this goal, and the debate about his reasoning relies upon the false assumption that Western powers were his chosen foe. The battle with the West was an afterthought to an apocalyptic four-year struggle to defeat Russia - a struggle that decimated both sides, bleeding the German army to the point of imminent defeat. Only after his attempts failed did Hitler change his objective: weakened, sensing defeat, he knew he was a drowning man - and he was determined to take friend and foe alike down with him. This evaluation of Hitler's objectives in World War II expands upon a theory gaining prominence among historians: Hitler's true motive was a crusade against the East, and he had little interest in waging war with England, much less the United States. It examines the different nature of the war on the Eastern and Western fronts; the disparate treatment afforded the two groups of POWs and civilians; and Hitler's scorched-earth policy, adopted after his primary objective proved beyond his grasp. In poignant, painful detail, it recreates the Russians' devastating four-year struggle against Germany, which went much further towards ensuring its defeat than any of the comparatively belated Western efforts.

Table of Contents

Preface                                            1  (4)
List of Terms, Code Names and vii
Part One: The Wrong War 5 (162)
The Leader 7 (7)
The Program 14 (5)
The Bloodless Conquests 19 (24)
Gate to the East 43 (21)
The September Weekend 64 (4)
Blitzkrieg in Poland 68 (13)
Sitzkrieg in the West 81 (7)
The Occupation of Denmark and Norway 88 (10)
The Collapse of France 98 (19)
The Aftershocks 117(14)
The Turnabout 131(4)
The Wrong Enemy 135(18)
Fortress Europe 153(14)
Part Two: The Holy War 167(140)
Barbarossa 169(16)
The Black and the Red 185(22)
Untermensch and Ubermensch 207(17)
Death of Barbarossa 224(18)
December 1941 242(19)
The Subhuman East 261(10)
The Russian POWs 271(5)
The Final Solution 276(11)
Stalingrad 287(20)
Part Three: The Smart War 307(48)
The Reluctant Allies 309(17)
British Strategy 326(5)
The Bombing of Germany 331(10)
Ultra-Secret 341(3)
African Laurels 344(11)
Part Four: Annus Irae 1943 355(56)
From Kursk to Kiev 357(8)
The Fall of Italy 365(20)
Defeat of the U-Boats 385(8)
Satan as Prophet 393(18)
Part Five: Extinction 411(96)
Barbarossa in Reverse 413(15)
Liberation of France 428(17)
Loss of the Balkans 445(5)
Raking the Ashes 450(19)
Invasion of Germany 469(9)
Self-Immolation 478(7)
The Finale in Berlin 485(13)
Unconditional Surrender 498(9)
Epilogue 507(16)
Appendix: Names and Positions of Key Personnel 523(4)
Bibliography 527(8)
Index 535