Deutsche Schicksalsjahre

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Deutsche Schicksalsjahre

By Kurt Assmann
Brockhaus, 1950
568 pp.

The first substantial history of the war and its immediate background to come from Germany. Vice Admiral Assmann was chief of the historical section of the German Naval Command during the war and subsequently spent three and a half years in London where he had access to much Admiralty material. As a result the naval sections of his history are in general superior to his chapters on land operations (chapters relating to both have previously appeared in this journal and in the Proceedings of the U. S. Naval Institute). While the author has quite a bit to say about the diplomatic and political aspects of the war, it is doubtful whether his desire not to depict Hitler too blackly is really a sign of increased historical perspective.

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