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German Generals Talk [Hardcover]

B H Liddell Hart
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  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Publisher: WILLIAM MORROW & COMPANY INC (1948)
  • ASIN: B0006D88VO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A non-American pespective on World War II 2 Oct 1998
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Liddell Hart's interviews with German generals immediately after WW II ended provides the reader with a essential perspective from inside the defeated military command. The author candidly calls Hitler "too brilliant" a strategist when criticizing the traditional Allied view that all Germany's mistakes were Hitler's and all her success were due to the German generals. Hart points out the political ineptitude of the German generals when assessing their military prowess. Politics are not divorced from military affairs in this study. The superb blend of Eisenhower's political skills and solid military judgement is contrasted with the utter failure of the German military to address political issues in the Reich. Hart lets the vanquished foes tell their own stories in an easy to read narrative form. He allows the German perspective to point out strengths and weaknesses in the British, American, and Russian militarys. An example is the German disregard of any threat of allied invasion along the French Bay of Biscay coastline because they correctly judged the Allied invasion of the European continent would never be carried out outside of the range of air cover. After Sicily, Salerno, and Anzio the Germans were able to use allied predictability against them. Hart uses this example to champion his "strategy of the indirect approach" that has become his hallmark, and surmise about what might have been if bolder leadership had prevailed in England in 1944. An easy read with some of the great minds that opposed the allies in World War II. Never pretentious or overloaded with unit designations or historical snobbery. A straight forward view from the "other side of the hill" that is presented to help the allied military and the lay reader learn from history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars German Generals Talk 7 Jun 2011
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Excellent read, hugely insightful chapters into how the generals worked toward Hitler's desires, how they sometimes managed to persuade him to take differing courses of action, how they failed to curb his ambitions and ultimately how some prepared themselves for insurrection against the Hilter-state, which ultimately led to their own demise. Also, there is evidence that Hitler's machiavellian leadership included keeping virtually all but his top staff uninformed of the true course of the war, to the extent many still believed even after the war had been lost that they possessed the wonder weapons often quoted by Geobbels et al.
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Another great book from this great military philosopher of the XX century, called Sir Basil Liddell Hart. I found the book absolutely absorbing and extremely informative, a great exercise in revealing the inside look of the "Enemy". It's fascinating, just to imagine Liddell Hart actually interviewing in loco, just after the war, all those German generals, "squeezing" out all this precious fresh information, which is presented in this beautiful book in a simple and captivating way, as only Liddell Hart is able to do when it comes to war and military issues. What a status one had to have had, to manage to be received by all those men.

There is a certain book, "Liddell Hart and the Weight of History", cowardly written long after Liddell Hart's death by John Mearsheimer, which states that this and other books written by him after the war, are just a vain and arrogant self-promoting effort to justify himself as well as his thesis, and to mislead the reader concerning the true extend of his influence in the military theater of World War II. Well, for those who know his work and learned to respect Sir Liddell Hart, there is no doubt he was vain, yes, intellectually arrogant, yes, a very complex almost eccentric personality, yes. But all this is easily excused (if it has to be excused at all) considering the extent of his work and the recognition he gained almost everywhere, especially in the highest spheres of government and the military. Just read his books and you will easily understand that no one achieves what he has achieved by writing only for self-promotion. I too did not like some passages (four or five) in the book discussed here, with some self-praising. But that's just him.
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Nazi generals confess, recollect, and explain hundreds of their key decisions in the campaigns of World War Two. Fascinating accounts of battles fought with one eye on the enemy and another on Der Fuhrer. Speaking to their pre-war mentor, B.H. Liddell-Hart, these men seem to bear all. Their unbounded admiration of Liddell-Hart's pre-war theories of armored warfare induce them to a degree of candor and specificity that military historians rarely obtain. Were we only able to have such accounts from Antony or old Parmenio. Alas, the ancients are long dead. But this book yeilds a bumper crop for those desiring to learn specifics about German Strategy in the Second World War. Explicit technical accounts delivered with German detail. For example, receive eye-opening glimpses of strategies abandoned and aborted on heart-breaking orders from Hitler himself. Monteuffel's expliots in Southern Russia particularly gripping.
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