The Second World War was Hitler Zs personal war in many senses. He intended it, prepared for it, chose the moment for launching it, planned its course, and, on several occasions between 1939 and 1942, claimed to have won it. Although the aims he sought to achieve were old nationalist aspirations, the fact that the policy and strategy for their realization were imposed so completely by Hitler meant that if victory had come, it would have been very much a personal triumph: the ultimate failure was thus a personal one too. This book presents all of Hitler Zs directives, from preparations for the invasion of Poland (31 August 1939) to his last desperate order to his troops on the Eastern Front (15 April 1945), whom he urges to choke the Bolshevik assault (R)in a bath of blood Z. They provide a fascinating insight into Hitler Zs mind and how he interpreted and reacted to events as they unfolded. The book also has detailed notes which link the F hrer Zs orders and explain the consequences of his directives and how the Allies responded to them.