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Führerhauptquartier Wolfschanze 1940- 1945: Zeitgeschichte in Farbe (German) Hardcover – 2001


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  • Hardcover: 157 pages
  • Publisher: Arndt (2001)
  • Language: German
  • ISBN-10: 3887410386
  • ISBN-13: 978-3887410384
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 1.5 x 30.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,644,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin Bull on 31 July 2011
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If you're looking for a guidebook or techical details of FhQ Wolfschanze, this isn't it. I don't read German too well, but the book starts with a potted history and a couple of small outline plans.
But the 'meat' of the book consists of page after page of the extraordinary Agfachrome photos taken by Luftwaffe photographer Walter Frentz who was attached to Hitler's HQ from 1941 onwards. Most of the photos are taken 'at' rather than 'of' Wolfschanze and many are now familiar since they were discovered in the early '90s. But here, many are reproduced in single- or double-page format. Reproduction quality is very good indeed and these are undoubtedly some of the finest colour photos to survive from the Third Reich during WWII. There are many formal portraits of senior Nazi figures ( Goering, Himmler, Ribbentrop, Speer etc ) but also many taken of soldiers and airmen attending the FhQ to receive high awards ( such as Wittmann, Peiper, Rudel and a super pic of Krupinski and Hartmann sharing a joke ). Also of interest are photos of the Fuhrersonderzug train and a series taken at the Wolfschanze airstrip.
A remarkable photographic collection.
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Breathtaking 5 July 2004
By Jazzcat - Published on Amazon.com
I had already reviewed Hitler's Berghof from Arndt Verlag with a great evaluation. This one deserves possibly more attention from the III Reich student. It is an impressive collection of pictures taken at the Fuhrer Hauptquartier in Eastern Prussia during the WWII, during the Nazi attack to URSS in particular (Operation Barbarossa). The photographer was Walter Frentz a Leni Riefenstahl camera operator which had the rare opportunity to take pictures of Hitler and dignitaries in various occasions. The first part of the book is dedicated to dignitaries portraits and this is, as it happens with Hitler's Berghof the less interesting part of the book. But this book contains some marvels. From the half of the book on it begins an incredible sequence of Hitler's pictures never before seen of incredible colour quality. I mean, you simply have to see them with your eyes to believe. Pictures are gatefold sometimes or of big dimensions anyway. When you'll finish to consider the pictures and you'll close the book you'll find yourself begging for more. A really satisying book. If you are interested in the III Reich history as I am, it is simply a must have !!!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Amazing color photographs! 15 April 2005
By Dimitrios - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a real treasure for the student of World War II and the Third Reich in particular. It contains hundreds of color photographs throughout (many in big size) and some of them are so fantastic that you can imagine you are standing next to Hitler and his staff! World War II was not a black and white era after all! The readers who are looking for a completely fresh photographic look at Nazi Germany, will appreciate also the book "Die Deutche Militarelite 1939 - 1945", also in the same format and with the same quality of excellent color photos.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A new look at an old subject 31 Mar 2006
By Michael Meisel - Published on Amazon.com
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As a history enthusiast as well as one who appreciates good photography i was very impressed with this. The first third or so of the book is text (albeit in German) along with some smaller black and white photos. The last two thirds is all color and absolutely incredible; history as we're not used to seeing. There are portraits of Knight's Cross recipients which are fairly interesting in their own way however the more fascinating photos, in my opinion are the more mundane ones; the normal activities that took place at this highly secret location in East Prussia. The use of color film was certainly an expensive luxury at this time and very rare indeed. It lends a more intimate view of the individuals and somehow makes it all the more real.

If you have an intrest in the subject matter i highly recommend this book. A tad expensive but worth it in my view. Very professionally done. Also, even though the text is in German, there is a sheet included with English descriptions of all the large photos included.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The book is fantastic 14 July 2009
By Alfonso Llana - Published on Amazon.com
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in every aspect. Lots of pictures I had not seen before, in color (unusual for the period) and a great deal of information for the interested person in this time of 20th century history.

Why am I not giving it 5 stars?

Well, the book is a German one and is written in German. With it comes a handy translation to English for the picture's notes and captions but and this is my point, almost a third of the book is text, in German, explaining relevant stuff regarding life in the Rastenburg bunker and HQ. For this text THERE IS NO translation. Accepted, translating these pages surely is a work in itself but I would have happily paid an extra fee for having an English version of this information.

As it is now I have only half a book, so to speak.

But as I said, the book is terrific.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Herausragend! 6 Oct 2011
By Mr. Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
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Sometimes it can hard to justify spending a certain amount of money on a book you're not sure about or can't look at first but let me say this, this book is worth every penny. I'm happy to have it in my 3rd reich collection and the detail is incredible. Get it!
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