A major new history of the Third Reich that explores the German psyche.
As early as 1941, Allied victory in World War II seemed all but assured. How and why, then, did the Germans prolong the barbaric conflict for three and a half more years?
In The German War, acclaimed historian Nicholas Stargardt draws on an extraordinary range of primary source materials - personal diaries, court records, and military correspondence - to answer this question. He offers an unprecedented portrait of wartime Germany, bringing the hopes and expectations of the German people - from infantrymen and tank commanders on the Eastern Front to civilians on the home front - to vivid life. While most historians identify the German defeat at Stalingrad as the moment when the average German citizen turned against the war effort, Stargardt demonstrates that the Wehrmacht in fact retained the staunch support of the patriotic German populace until the bitter end.
Astonishing in its breadth and humanity, The German War is a groundbreaking new interpretation of what drove the Germans to fight - and keep fighting - for a lost cause.
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- Francis S. Brown
An outstanding blend of historical and anecdotal narrative. The personal observations of those who lived through the war as German citizens gave depth to the history of the era. We read a lot about the war in general, about the Holocaust, about the Blitz, but very little about the war inside Germany. This volume fills a gap. It's not laudatory; Germany is clearly explained but not praised. Fascinating read.
- Kathy Perow