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Hitler's War [Paperback]

Edwin P. Hoyt
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6 Feb 2001
Here is World War II, the twentieth century's most destructive international conflict, from the unique perspective of its instigator and architect, German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler (1889-1945). Noted military historian Edwin P. Hoyt vivdly recreates Hitler's direction of the war, his bold gambles, evolving strategies, and crucial miscalculations.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Cooper Square Publishers Inc.,U.S.; New Ed edition (6 Feb 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815411170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815411178
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 15.1 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,709,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A fast-paced, anecdotal narrative covering both Hitler's rise to power and his conduct of the war by a prolific popular military author Library Journal Hoyt provides fresh perspective on the Fuhrer as a World War II strategist... [The author] covers a lot of ground with insight and intelligence that make his analyisis a genuine contribution to Hitlerian lore Kirkus Reviews Quoting liberally from Hitler's speeches, writings, and private statements, Hoyt traces the Fuhrer's failing ability to distinguish between reality and fantasy. This swift narrative revolves largely around the reltionship between the nazi leader and his military staff, particularly the loss of confidence and finally the loss of loyalty on the part of key generals and admirals. Publishers Weekly

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Edwin P. Hoyt, a former soldier, is a distinguished historian in the field of World War II studies, and the author of Inferno, The GI's War, Japan's War, and Stalin's War. He lives in Tokyo, Japan.

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Hoyt presents an engaging albeit superflous view of the Fuhrer's war. He effectively and interestingly narrates the history of the Third Reich from birth to death. Not an in depth study, but an excellent beginning.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read, But With Problems 23 Feb 2009
By Frederick D. Clements - Published on Amazon.com
This was actually an enjoyable read, but with problems.This book is short and written for the mass market. The author produced an incredible number of with books on wide ranging subjects, with an emphasis on WWII Naval Warefare.My problem is his style of writing and the errors of ommission and fact that appear in almost every chapter.Some are minor, to wit he is determined to make Field Marshal Albert Kesselring, von Kesselring. Others are more serious, he states that the German Wehrmacht entered WWII (Poland)as a fully mechanized force, when in fact they began the Polish Campaign only 30 percent mechanized, and never achieved 100 percent throughout the entire war. I suppose the author thought the one million plus horses plus what they later captured in Poland and Russia were only used to pull mess wagons! The author makes no use of footnotes--he does include Chapter Notes that summarize his sources, however, it's impossible to check his sources. In short, this would have been a much better book if a knowledgeble WWII proof reader/editor had taken a red pen to the manuscript.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A cogent and informed analysis 9 Jun 2001
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
An accomplished and highly respected historian in the field of World War II studies, Edwin P. Hoyt offers military buffs new insight to Adolf Hitler's leadership as commander-in-chief of Germany's armed forces in Hitler's War. From Hitler's early successes in Austria and Czechoslovakia, to his later failures in Russia and Normandy, we are treated to a cogent and informed analysis of the Fuhrer's motives, relationships with his generals, and the errors in judgement that were to collapse the German armed forces into total defeat on all fronts. Hoyt reveals that Hitler's skill in manipulating his officers and the German public was ultimate undermined by his obsession with exterminating the Jews and communists and set Germany on the irreversible road to defeat from 1942 onward....
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is a good primer for someone interested in World War II 29 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Hoyt presents an engaging albeit superflous view of the Fuhrer's war. He effectively and interestingly narrates the history of the Third Reich from birth to death. Not an in depth study, but an excellent beginning.
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2.0 out of 5 stars So many factual errors, it's more fiction than history 23 Oct 2010
By EndSieg - Published on Amazon.com
It has been remarked that "Hoyt may well have taught more Americans about World War II than all other authors in the country put together" and commented about "this prolific author's highly readable oeuvre" (Professor Citino, in his "Death of the Wehrmacht, The German campaigns of 1942" (p.369, note 91 to page 250))

While indeed highly readable, Hoyt's work lacks in accuracy to the point of potentially leading his readers to incorrect conclusions. That is especially the case when the balance in manpower or armaments is misrepresented.

One such glaring example can be found on page 123 about the "phony war" and the prelude to the 1940 campaign in the West: "The numerous German panzers, with their 80- and 88-millimeter cannon, were formidable". That gives the completely erroneous impression that the British and French armored forces were outnumbered and outclassed by the German forces, which in turn leads to an erroneous conclusion as to the reasons for the German victory in May/June 1940.
The balance of power was exactly the opposite of that insinuated by Hoyt as is very well put by for example Omar Bartov in his "Hitler's army, Soldiers, Nazis and War in the Third Reich" on page 12: "When Germany launched its attack in the West, its armored forces were in fact numerically and in some respects also qualitatively inferior to those of its opponents. On 10 May 1940 the Wehrmacht sent into action 2445 of its 3505 available tanks. Facing it were no less than 3383 French, British, Belgian, and Dutch tanks. Moreover, only 725 of the German tanks were of the advanced Panzer III and IV models, and even they had great difficulties in confronting some of the heavy French tanks".
Let me add for those not familiar with WWII armaments that the majority of the German panzers in that campaign were therefore the puny model I, with only two 8 mm machine guns, and the slightly more impressive model II, with one machine gun and one 20 mm cannon. Those German panzer models were outclassed by the French Somua S 35 tank (one of the best tanks of 1940) with a 47 mm cannon and the Char B1 tank with a short 75 mm. The panzer IV (which would become the backbone of the German tank fleet later on and only after significant upgrades in armament and armor in order to be competitive with the Russian T34), with its short 75mm, was competitive against, but not superior to, the B1 and the panzer III, with its short 50 mm, was competitive against, but not superior to, the S35. But both panzer III and IV, already the minority of the German tank fleet at the time, were, at less than 0.7 in thickness, much more lightly armored than either the B1 (at 2.4 in) or the S35 (at 2.2 in). Hoyt's referenced 80 mm gun was not in use with the Wehrmacht tanks but the 88 mm was. However it was introduced with the "Tiger" or Mark VI in mid 1942, a full two years after the 1940 Western campaign.
For more details on armament and armor see for example "Weapons of World War II" from Parragon Books.
The 1940 German victory had nothing to do with a fictional superiority in quantity or quality of the German panzers at the time. Rather consider such factors as organizational innovations, the superiority of the Luftwaffe (at the time) and the high morale of the German troops (who kept fighting despite horrendous losses because of their ideological commitment: see for example W. Murray's introduction to Megargee's "Inside Hitler's High Command": "the lead companies in the crossing of the Meuse...suffered upward of 70 percent casualties but remained in the battle all the way to the south to Stonne three days later").

There are many other errors of this type but listing them here would exceed the allowed length.
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