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The German War : a nation under arms, 1939–1945 : citizens and soldiers

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The German War : a nation under arms, 1939–1945 : citizens and soldiers
Call No: 943.086 S79g

Call Number943.086 S79g
Dates[2015]; ©2015
Statement of ResponsibilityNicholas Stargardt.
Creators & ContributorsStargardt, Nicholas (author)
Summary"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... The German War is a... new interpretation of what drove the Germans to fight—and keep fighting—for a lost cause." —Publisher
ContentsPart one. Defending the attack
  1. Unwelcome war
  2. Closing ranks
  3. Extreme measures
Part two. Masters of Europe
  1. Breaking out
  2. Winners and losers
Part three. The shadow of 1812
  1. German Crusade
  2. The first defeat
Part four. Stalemate
  1. The shared secret
  2. Scouring Europe
  3. Writing to the dead
Part five. The war comes home
  1. Bombing and retaliation
  2. 'Holding out'
  3. Borrowed time
Part six. Total defeat
  1. Digging in
  2. Collapse
  3. Finale
Epilogue. Crossing the abyss
Physical Description xxviii, 704 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherNew York : Basic Books, A Member of the Perseus Books Group
  • "First published in Great Britain in 2015 by The Bodley Head" —Title page verso
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages [571]–681) and index
RecognitionGifted in 2016 by David Zacks