The German War

The German War

A Nation Under Arms, 1939-1945 : Citizens and Soldiers

Book - 2015
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A groundbreaking history of what drove the Germans to fight -- and keep fighting -- for a lost cause in World War II
In The German War , acclaimed historian Nicholas Stargardt draws on an extraordinary range of firsthand testimony -- personal diaries, court records, and military correspondence -- to explore how the German people experienced the Second World War.
When war broke out in September 1939, it was deeply unpopular in Germany. Yet without the active participation and commitment of the German people, it could not have continued for almost six years. What, then, was the war the Germans thought they were fighting? How did the changing course of the conflict -- the victories of the Blitzkrieg , the first defeats in the east, the bombing of German cities -- alter their views and expectations? And when did Germans first realize they were fighting a genocidal war?
Told from the perspective of those who lived through it -- soldiers, schoolteachers, and housewives; Nazis, Christians, and Jews -- this masterful historical narrative sheds fresh and disturbing light on the beliefs and fears of a people who embarked on and fought to the end a brutal war of conquest and genocide.
Publisher: New York, NY : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780465018994
Characteristics: xxviii, 704 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations, maps, portraits ;,24 cm.


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Sep 30, 2017

Just excellent. Furnishes an understanding of what it was like from their side. Very revealing.

Jul 30, 2016

I'm German-American. This book answers many questions I had about what it was like for regular Germans. Its heavy, and at times difficult to swallow as this is my heritage. But necessary.

May 24, 2016

Excellent book. This answered many of the questions I've had for years, even after reading lots of Germany WW2 books. Highly recommend if you want to know what it was like for the "regular" people.

Feb 10, 2016

This book does a great job of describing World War II from the perspective of German civilians and soldiers. It makes use of letters, diaries and other sources.

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