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This review is from: Soldaten - On Fighting, Killing and Dying: The Secret Second World War Tapes of German POWs (Hardcover)
Unlike some of the other reviewers I think the marriage of a historian and a psychologist works perfectly well, when it comes to analysing the actions and words of the German military in WW2. I found it fascinating reading the thoughts of the soldiers as they discuss many aspects of WW2 - be they killing, inter-service rivalries, weapon technology or the efforts of their allies. Whilst some of the information is hardly ground-breaking, for instance they thought the Italians were not good fighters, the secretly taped words of the soldiers serve to both educate the reader and condemn the Wehrmacht, as they admit to war crimes and their part in the Holocaust. Although some of the analysis does, at times, explain the obvious, it does lend the book an original feel - something lacking in the authors previous book. All in all this is a superb addition to what we now know about the German military in the Second World War. I also recommend the book: On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society as a companion to this serious work of historical analysis.