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Hitler's Army : Soldiers, Nazis, and War in the Third Reich

By: Bartov, Omer.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, USA, 1991Description: 1 online resource (392 p.).ISBN: 9780195313512.Subject(s): Germany -- Armed Forces -- History -- 20th century | Germany -- Armed Forces -- Political activity | National socialism | World War, 1939-1945 -- AtrocitiesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Hitler's Army : Soldiers, Nazis, and War in the Third ReichDDC classification: 940.54/0943 | 940.541343 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Preface; Contents; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. The Demodernization of the Front; 2. The Destruction of the Primary Group; 3. The Perversion of Discipline; 4. The Distortion of Reality; Conclusion; Notes; Workscited; Index
Summary: As the Cold War followed on the heels of the Second World War, as the Nuremburg Trials faded in the shadow of the Iron Curtain, both the Germans and the West were quick to accept the idea that Hitler's army had been no SS, no Gestapo, that it was a professional force little touched by Nazi politics. But in this compelling account Omer Bartov reveals a very different history, as he probes the experience of the average soldier to show just how thoroughly Nazi ideology permeated the army. In Hitler's Army, Bartov focuses on the titanic struggle between Germany and the Soviet Union--where the vast
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Cover Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Preface; Contents; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. The Demodernization of the Front; 2. The Destruction of the Primary Group; 3. The Perversion of Discipline; 4. The Distortion of Reality; Conclusion; Notes; Workscited; Index

As the Cold War followed on the heels of the Second World War, as the Nuremburg Trials faded in the shadow of the Iron Curtain, both the Germans and the West were quick to accept the idea that Hitler's army had been no SS, no Gestapo, that it was a professional force little touched by Nazi politics. But in this compelling account Omer Bartov reveals a very different history, as he probes the experience of the average soldier to show just how thoroughly Nazi ideology permeated the army. In Hitler's Army, Bartov focuses on the titanic struggle between Germany and the Soviet Union--where the vast

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Israeli historian Omer Bartov, author of the well-received study The Eastern Front, 1941-45: German Troops and the Barbarisation of Warfare (CH, Nov'86), expands on that topic in this persuasively argued monograph. In four interrelated essays he maintains that in Russia, the highly mechanized and hitherto triumphant Wehrmacht was unexpectedly plunged into primitive and prolonged static warfare similar to 1914-18. Rapidly mounting casualties soon destroyed its unit cohesion, and genocidal orders directed against Soviet commissars, Jews, and other "undesirable elements," as well as the ruthless plunder of the occupied territories, threatened its vaunted discipline. The response was an enthusiastic embrace of Nazi ideology by officers and troops of the Eastern Army as a source of motivation, combined with draconian punishment for violations of military law not involving mistreatment of civilians and POWs. In literally becoming Hitler's soldiers, the Wehrmacht could psychologically sublimate criminal behavior even reverse its onus upon their victims. This thought-provoking, widely researched, and explicitly revisionist account will interest students of the Third Reich and its aftermath. All levels.-L. D. Stokes, Dalhousie University

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Omer Bartov is Visiting Raoul Wallenberg Professor at Rutgers University, and is the author of The Eastern Front, 1941-1945.

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