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(. . . ) it is to this new, edited collection's great credit that it succeeds in pushing the boundaries of scholarship in this area so significantly. (. . . ) The scope and quality of this book, and its ability to interrelate such an array of complex topics, is extremely impressive. (. . . ) By any measure, then, this book is a highly valuable addition to the literature on this area. --Ben Shepherd, Glasgow Caledonian University This amazing book is a valuable gift to all those interested in the history of Nazi warfare in the east.... It not only updates English-language readers on the most recent developments in German and post-Soviet historiography but also introduces new archival materials and makes important statements bound to produce a powerful impact in various fields. CANADIAN JOURNAL OF HISTORY The volume contains groundbreaking new contributions and valuable overviews of topics that have already been researched. It also has the special advantage of making primary and secondary sources from other countries, especially Russia and Germany, accessible to the English-speaking world. WAR IN HISTORY The collection is an important contribution to (scholarship on) German wartime policies in Russia. --Alexander Prusin, associate professor of history, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology There can be no doubt about the topic's significance. Seventy years after the beginning of "Operation Barbarossa," misconceptions still prevail among the general public as well as among scholars about the nature and consequences of the German attack on the Soviet Union. . . . The editors of the volume attempt to cover a broad spectrum of German policies, decisions, and reactions as they unfold in and beyond what Christopher Browning has called the "fateful months" in the second half of 1941. All contributors to the volume are experts in their own right and represent a group of young scholars that has the potential to shape the future of the field. --Juergen Matthaus, historian A superb collection that materially enhances our understanding of the broader Nazi effort in the East; anyone interested in the Soviet-German conflict or the Holocaust will profit from it. JOURNAL OF MILITARY HISTORY It is most useful to have such expertise bound together in one volume. This is a major work of scholarship. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW

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Jeff Rutherford is assistant professor of history at Wheeling Jesuit University, where he teaches modern European history. David Stahel is the author of Operation Barbarossa and Germany's Defeat in the East and Kiev 1941: Hitler's Battle for Supremacy in the East.

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An excellent account of the darkest and most tragic episode of western history. Vile Field Marshall Keitel was right when he said at the Nuremberg trail, "The German nation will not live this down for a thousand years." This book helps to explain why. The Nazis were truly the scourge of mankind. Pitiless fiends bent on conducting a race war they couldn't win.Amazon has done it's usual excellent job as the seller.
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Nazi Policy on the Eastern Front 27 Jan 2014
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There’s been a lot of discussion in the last decade on how effective Nazi strategy really was. History books still promote the myth of the Polish cavalry charging German tanks, and that is all that the story is; a myth and nothing more. The Polish army did an excellent job at fighting the Germans, and according to this book, they really did a job on the Germans when they entered Warsaw. They fired on the German troops from windows and rooftops. The Germans only won the battle by shelling the city with artillery.

In the chapter The Purpose of the Russian Campaign, we see how Germany’s food situation was nowhere near as strong as Hitler claimed. Common sense would tell us that Germany’s farms could never feed a huge expeditionary army, and getting the food all the way to the Eastern Front would drain the railroads. But according to this book, Germany’s farms couldn’t even support the natives! One of the reasons for the invasion of Ukraine was to steal the food; it would feed the German hordes pushing into Asia and weaken the Soviet state. But did Hitler’s economists remember what happened when the French army invaded Russia? Did they wonder what would happen if the farmers burned their fields and retreated? Stalin did in fact evacuate thousands from Crimea, Latvia, and Lithuania, not to mention the factories that he ordered dismantled and hauled into Siberia. Hitler’s army invaded a food desert.

In France the German army had no better success. Sure, they pushed into the country with minimal resistance, but what did they expect to do once they were in there? The French resistance did an excellent job at killing German officers, and the Dutch resistance poisoned the German food stores. With the army pinned down in Stalingrad, trapped in Italy, and wasting its air power over Britain, how would the German troops in France be resupplied? According to this book, Hitler invaded France partly to plunder the artwork. We know that Herman Goering loved art, and we know that he looted museums all over Europe, of that there’s no doubt. But if Hitler wanted the valuables for the money, that wouldn’t work either. He’d flood the market with art and antiques and the price would go down. Furthermore, if the Jews of Europe had all their money confiscated, that means there were less people available to buy them. With all the gold being looted (including from the Death Camp victims’ teeth) the price would have gone down to nothing.

In short order, Hitler’s policies caused prices to plummet, then skyrocket. How would the people have been fed if all the farm workers were fighting a war? How would they have imported food if they were at war with the world? What use would gold have been if there was a surplus? You can’t eat gold, and farms can’t produce when there’s nobody to plow, plant, and harvest.

Sometimes I wonder if Hitler and his cronies were truant on the day their class learned about Napoleon.
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