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5.0 out of 5 stars A non-American pespective on World War II, 2 Oct 1998
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This review is from: German Generals Talk (Paperback)
Liddell Hart's interviews with German generals immediately after WW II ended provides the reader with a essential perspective from inside the defeated military command. The author candidly calls Hitler "too brilliant" a strategist when criticizing the traditional Allied view that all Germany's mistakes were Hitler's and all her success were due to the German generals. Hart points out the political ineptitude of the German generals when assessing their military prowess. Politics are not divorced from military affairs in this study. The superb blend of Eisenhower's political skills and solid military judgement is contrasted with the utter failure of the German military to address political issues in the Reich. Hart lets the vanquished foes tell their own stories in an easy to read narrative form. He allows the German perspective to point out strengths and weaknesses in the British, American, and Russian militarys. An example is the German disregard of any threat of allied invasion along the French Bay of Biscay coastline because they correctly judged the Allied invasion of the European continent would never be carried out outside of the range of air cover. After Sicily, Salerno, and Anzio the Germans were able to use allied predictability against them. Hart uses this example to champion his "strategy of the indirect approach" that has become his hallmark, and surmise about what might have been if bolder leadership had prevailed in England in 1944. An easy read with some of the great minds that opposed the allies in World War II. Never pretentious or overloaded with unit designations or historical snobbery. A straight forward view from the "other side of the hill" that is presented to help the allied military and the lay reader learn from history.
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Initial post: 5 Jun 2010 17:59:23 BDT
Tomfrom66 says:
Intriguingly enough, this book was first published under the title "The Other Side of the Hill" in 1948, and I read it soon after publication. It has left a lasting impression.

According to Wikipedia this current book is a shorter version of the original, published for the US market. I've no means of knowing whether or not this is true, since I have long since lost the original copy.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Feb 2011 12:40:18 GMT
I'm currently reading The Other Side of the Hill - picked it up from West Norwood, London, Library. But it's also available on amazon, of course. It's a great read. The only drawback, in a way, being the utter lack of any German atrocities mentioned, which leads one to start thinking that the Nazi generals were not bad fellows at all really, and that maybe we should have sued for peace. This approach makes a pleasant change from the grim reading of most WW2 history, and makes it very readable, but it's of course only one perspective.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2011 23:06:31 GMT
I read the Other Side of the Hill,very good-but kept in mind these men had been defeated and would say whatever they felt would please the interviewer be he British,American,Russian or French,thats what i would have done.
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