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The Unknown Eastern Front: The Wehrmacht and Hitler's Foreign Soldiers Hardcover – 30 Jun 2012


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris; UNKNOWN edition (30 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780760728
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780760728
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.2 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 503,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A concise yet comprehensive treatment of the military operations of Hitler's foreign helpers in the war against the Soviet Union ... A very readable account that effectively dismantles myths and legends that have grown up around an important and neglected subject. --Jeff Rutherford, H-German

Definitive. --Die Welt

'In lifting the veil with which history has shrouded these men, Muller...has opened up a new vista on a largely forgotten, and sometimes deliberately neglected, but crucial aspect of recent history.' --Nigel Jones, Spectator

'The Unknown Eastern Front demonstrates that history especially - of a highly sensitive issue like this one - is rarely about neat binary categories of black and white, good and evil.' --Roger Moorhouse, TLS

Persuasive and readable. --Westdeutsche Zeitung

'... this is an important subject…[Müller] supplies full and useful detail on the contribution of all the different peoples who participated, with information on the numbers of soldiers and the tasks they were expected to fulfill.' --Richard Overy, History Today

Persuasive and readable. --Westdeutsche Zeitung

About the Author

Rolf-Dieter Muller is Professor of Military History at the Humboldt University, Berlin; Scientific Director of the German Armed Forces Military History Research Institute in Potsdam; and Co-ordinator of the 'The German Reich and the Second World War' project. He is the author of numerous publications on World War II.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By E. W. Sharman on 3 Mar. 2013
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I have to say that this book is well balanced and informative.The structure of the book is great well laid out and full of useful knowledge.If you want to know about the various nations and peoples who provided troops for the German effort in Russia this is the book for you evenly written it pulls no punches but seems fair in its dealings with each group, will be looking out for more English versions of this authors works.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lyndsay on 11 Sept. 2013
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This is clearly a well-written and well-researched book, and very informative. It is divided into three sections- Hitler's allies, neutrals/occupied, and enemies respectively- and within each, is divided country by country and then outlines the contributions soldiers from each country made to the Eastern Front. I was disappointed however, as I was really hoping for more personal stories- what motivated these soldiers, particularly those from countries that were not allied to the Reich? This was dealt with briefly- adventurism, , anti-semitism, anti-communism, etc but we never really heard from the soldiers themselves. I wanted to hear more from the lives of actual soldiers and what those who survived faced on their return home after Germany's defeat. Unfortunately this book focuses on a greater scale than the individual. It's very good at what it does, it just simply wasn't what I had hoped it would be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Oliver on 28 April 2014
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I do wonder why there are so few good books on Hitlers allies, considering that, as this book explains, 1/3 soldiers serving on the Eastern front were not even German. From the courageous Fins and unlucky Italians down to the Bulgarians, all of the German allies are covered in short yet very informative chapters, explaining how they ended up on the German side and how their countries and the soldiers serving them ended the war.
Anyone who has interest in the German allies, whether they be Russians volunteers, Hungarians in the Honved or Western Europeans serving in the German armed forces, will find this book a valuable asset.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Commercial lawyer on 11 Sept. 2013
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Written by a German academic, this book describes the role of the non-German soldiers in the Wehrmacht on the Eastern front, in fact up to 33% of the Wehrmacht strength there. The topic has been largely buried as nobody wanted to own up to being on the losing side, and indeed the fate of many of them can indeed be described as "buried", as they were not treated well in many cases including those repatriated to Stalin's USSR.

Indeed, the role of the Soviet-era NKVD in "ethnic cleansing", mass-murder and deportations is acknowledged here, and was one of the factors in the major changes in countries and populations in Eastern Europe post-1945, even though it was largely ignored by the Western powers.

The book is rather more than just the role of "foreign" soldiers in the Wehrmacht and is a thought-provoking read. I would recommend it.
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