Das Deutsche Reich und der Zweite Weltkrieg: Vol. I

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Das Deutsche Reich und der Zweite Weltkrieg: Vol. I

By Manfred Messerschmidt and others
Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, 1979
500 pp.
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The first of ten projected volumes on Germany and World War II, prepared by four historians. Of particular interest is the careful account of German rearmament plans in the early years of Hitler's rule, with the definite launching of an offensive army stipulated in August 1936. Based principally on Anglo-American and German scholarship, the book is a major contribution to the understanding of Germany's role in provoking the Second World War and tackles, with remarkable candor, the problem of historical continuity from 1871 to 1945.