Grey Wolf: The Escape of Adolf Hitler Hardcover – 7 Oct 2011
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"Remarkable detail."--Sir David Frost, "Frost Over the World""Stunning Account of the Last Days of the Reich"--Parapolitical.com"Describes a ghastly pantomime played out in the names of the Fuhrer and the woman who had been his mistress."--"The Sun""Laid out in lavish detail."--"Daily Mail""Stunning saga of intrigue."--"Pravda""I thought the book was hugely thought-provoking and explores some of the untold, murky loose ends of World War Two."--Dan Snow, broadcaster and historian, "The One Show BBC 1"
About the Author
A well-established author, filmmaker and photographer, Simon Dunstan has written more than 50 books on military history, particularly on World War II and Vietnam. He has also written and directed numerous military history documentaries for the History Channel. An international television journalist for 30 years, Gerrard Williams has worked as foreign duty editor at the BBC, Sky News and APTN. His first documentary, Strength to Cry, on the famine in Sudan; received international critical acclaim and was broadcast in 30 countries. He runs his own production company called Gerbil Films, in London.
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It has masses of padding with long tangents about many related and entirely unrelated topics, a literary tactic that usually annoys me greatly and is a reason in itself for walking away from a tedious read. Yet not here for the long asides are in fact so well written and interesting that they did not bother me at all.
So am I now convinced that Adolf, Eva and Blondi escaped the bunker in 1945? Well, no, the wealth of detail the book goes into is just too much and too easily debunked by hiatory and plain common sense. I remember once listening to a radio host who challenged callers to his show to prove to him that the world was round and not flat. By his gift of the gab, quick wit and erudition he was able to refute all their arguments but at the end of the day the world was still round. This book is very well written, has the gloss veneer that comes with detailed research but ultimately it just cannot convince me that everything I have read elsewhere and the work of every academic and historian is wrong.
That said, I really did enjoy this book and would be happy to urge others to read it. There is masses of obscure history to be found within. Read it, enjoy it, be better informed than you were before but just don't expect to be convinced.
A couple of salient points (although there are many problems with the thesis.. alas I do not have the time to list):
- Martin Bormann not dying in May 1945 is central to Grey Wolf. Gerrard Williams has claimed elsewhere that the DNA testing on his body in 1998 is not accepted by his family and they do not know the identity of the supposed 83 year old relative who gave the sample. I really do think the authors should have picked up (after 5 years of research after all) that Martin Bormann Jr, his eldest son, gave the sample. And was satisfied with the results:
- The escape flight to Denmark. The pilot (on whom this part of the thesis hangs) claimed that he landed briefly in Magdeburg on the way to Denmark. That is extremely odd. Did the US Army provide toilet facilities and refreshment to the Fuhrer? The 9th US Army took Magdeburg on 19 April. If that part of his account is a bit suspect, well...
When you look through the (very poorly endnoted) documentary evidence behind the prose there really is not much there at all.
Enjoyed reading it and it does contribute some interesting angles (hence the two stars) but given that the "case is presented" with such force, it has to be judged on the merits of its historical argument. On that it fails. Badly.
The authors believe that Martin Boorman convinced Hitler to flee to Argentina with all the ill-gotten gains of the Nazis in a U-Boat with Eva Braun and Hitler's dog Blondi. They even give a date when Hitler really died - February 13th 1962.
Did Nazis flee to South America? Yes, they did, oddly helped by the Vatican (is it possible to have worse PR than the Vatican these days?). The Nazis called these escape routes "rat lines" and some of the worst war criminals in history used them like Doctor Josef Mengele from Auschwitz and Adolf Eichmann, the architect of the Holocaust along with many other nefarious characters.
The big question is - did Adolf Hitler flee to South America by U-Boat also? Hmm, I'm not too sure about that. We know that Hitler was a control freak who never listened to anyone, that's why Germany made so many disastrous mistakes in World War II that lead to their defeat. I find it hard to believe that he would listen to Boorman and flee. Hitler's ego was too huge to contemplate a boring, quiet life in hiding having been the most powerful man in the world at one stage.Read more ›
Due to my long lasting interest for World War II literature, I was very intrigued by premise of the book because if this story was proven true it would bring new light on the history we've learned the last 60 years. After I read it, feelings are somehow divided because of its drawbacks regardless of some new and unknown facts this book managed to bring.
The first book part is a short overview of World War II that seems a bit unnecessary for reader who is probably familiar with its history. Therefore on such general level presenting well-known facts seem redundant. Even the stories about espionage were quoted or slightly modified from some other less-known World War II literature. Therefore the reader will get the impression that this part of the book was only added for book to increase its volume.
On the other hand in book main part some completely unknown facts like existence of Hitler's daughters were only slightly mentioned although that would be a key evidence that this book is truthful. Also some proofs that on the last movie Hitler's double was filmed instead of him are missing, etc. Hence it would be better that instead adding some known history, these facts were more elaborated by authors.
Furthermore, the book has design/editing problems due to awful citation method where superscript numbers indicating citations are missing resulting in losing too much time for reader to find the text which refers to citation.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read in conjunction with the several videos on YouTube and no one will believe that Hitler died in the bunker. The definitive account and a good read.Published 1 month ago by sooty3cat
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