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Hitler's Motor Racing Battles: The Silver Arrows Under the Swastika [Hardcover]

Eberhard Reuss
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24 April 2008
The story of the invincible 'Silver Arrows' is an enduring legend, but who remembers that in the 1930s the cars racing under this famous name were massively promoted by the Nazis! Radio and TV journalist Eberhard Reuss paints a unique and richly illustrated portrait of the beginnings of German motor racing. Stripping away the myths that surround Hitler's race-track battles, he reveals the deep involvement of the motor industry and its top sportsmen with the Nazi regime.

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  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd; First Edition edition (24 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844254763
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844254767
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 17.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 612,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eberhard Reuss has been a reporter, presenter and film-script writer at the Mannheim studios of South-West German Broadcasting for more than 20 years. He has produced numerous film and radio features about everyday life under the Nazi regime.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Hitler's Motor Racing Battles 2 Feb 2013
By Jaybee
This translation of Eberhard Reuss' book is an excellent and detailed account of the pre-WWII racing, hill climbing and record breaking exploits of the Daimler Benz and Auto Union 'Silver Arrows' teams and cars. Putting the name 'Hitler' into any book title is supposed to increase its sales by a considerable amount but in this particular case it should be unnecessary and is also slightly misleading - the book should sell on its own merits and Hitler's direct interest and intervention in the activities of the two firms, in respect of their racing activities, is often overstated.

Reuss, as a trained historian turned journalist has done an excellent job of researching the D-B & A-U firms and personnel involved in the titanic motor racing battles of 1934-39. He also gives brief histories of the designers and drivers involved and places everything into the deeply disturbing political context of the times within Germany of that period. This extends to looking at the degree to which the two companies' managements, the racing department staff, the drivers etc. were positively involved in supporting the Nazi regime or whether they were merely 'going through the motions' for their own ends.

Numerous myths and half-truths have arisen during and since that time about the two teams and the author has had the ability and diligence to track down the definitive truth (as far as this is ever attainable) behind several of these. In particular he gives detailed information of the direct funding that each company received year by year, the sorts of costs that they actually incurred in their racing programmes and how much their support, active or not, of the Nazi regime gained them in military re-armament contracts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading, an absolute must 20 April 2012
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If you have an interest in the Silver Arrows of this era, once you have read 'Racing the Silver Arrows', this book is an absolute must for an in depth insight into the the political machinations and allegiances of Mercedes Benz, Auto Union and their drivers. Very good value for money.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Poor translation 30 July 2012
By Klaus
the original book is very well researched and gives a deep understanding about the back ground on which the German motor industry was able to grow to the strength where it is today. It also gives a very good understanding about the Nazi upcoming and how the German nation was lured into their nets.
However, after reading the German original book: "Hitlers Rennschlachten: Die Silberpfeile unterm Hakenkreuz" I have to say that this translation into English does not convey the wit and sarcastic hints of the Author with respect to the behavior of the "Heroes" and companies involved.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting reading, shadowed by translation 5 Sep 2011
Interesting essay of german motorsport background in the 30s. From an unknown Ferdinand Porsche before Porsche cars to the Belgrade Grand prix, days after de Poland invasion. Good value for maney in a book that goes deeper into politics than into grand prix itself.

Note: the english translation of this german book is poor, something that surprised me compared with the professional content found inside. This drawback can be a serious problem for people without a notable level in english reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The inconvenient thruth 15 Mar 2011
If you admire the cars and the men of this era ,
you should also read this book for better understanding
what went on in those days.
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