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Inside the Third Reich by Albert Speer,
This review is from: Inside The Third Reich (Paperback)
I have made a study of all facets of the Third Reich, and the life and times of Adolf Hitler, including the observations of his secretaries. This book although it is the memoirs of a single person. It is obvious in his quiet way he was a genius. From being an architect to running the biggest war machine the world has ever seen.Unique.
There is little contradiction between other writers, except his observations on Magda Goebbels as a mother and the Political genius of her husband.
He lays bare the evil influence of Martin Bormannn and the ineffectual but ubiquitous powers of Reichsmarschall Goering. It is also clear from Herr Speer's writings that both Himmler and Goering were acquisitive. He also outlines clearly the inefficiencies of the Gauleiter System.
He makes observations on Bomber Harris how he was so near to victory, but due to his theories about bombing the same places twice as being counter productive.
Speer said that if he had done so, and especially in the Mohne Dams the war would have been shortened by a year.
The human side of Speer is portrayed by the fact that (a) He didn't like workers moved very far from their own environment. (b) Treating forced labour well had its own rewards.
He had a great deal of admiration towards Great Britain and their system, that only children were exempt from the war effort, and how Hitler was too late in recognising this.
The book is incredibly detailed and is a magnum opus on the organisation, or lack of it of the Third Reich.
This is not a quick read, but a seasoned observation of a man who's only crime was being efficient, and oulining Hitler's weakness in being unable to deal with Military Staff from the First World War. He saved Germany from total destruction by taking direct charge of all German factories at the last stages of the war and allowing Germany to have a base for rebuilding.The General Staff upheld his brave stand in intentionally misrepresenting his orders. Fascinating book. IJ