Inside the Nazi War Machine; How Three Generals Unleashed Hitler's Blitzkrieg Upon the World

New York, N.Y. NAL Caliber [New American Library], 2010. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. vi, [4], 310 pages. Acknowledgments. Selected Bibliography. Endnotes. Index. Four full page black and white maps, as well as many black and white photographs. `Includes Introduction, Breakfast at Hitler's, Uproar in the North, Attack in the South, Crossing the Meuse at Sedan, The French try to Destroy the Bridgehead, The Incredible Fight for the Stonne Heights, Rommel Opens the Floodgates, the Strike for the English Channel, The Ghost Division, The British Attack Rommel at Arras, The Miracle of Dunkirk, The Fall of France, Armistice at Compiegne, and an Epilogue on What Might Have Been. Bevin Alexander (born 17 February 1929 in Gastonia, North Carolina, United States) is an American military historian and author. He served as an officer during the Korean War as part of the 5th Historical Detachment. His book Korea: The First War We Lost was largely influenced by his experiences during the war. Bevin has served as a consultant and adviser to several groups due to his military expertise, including work for the Rand Corporation, work as a consultant for military simulations instituted by the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, and as director of information at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was an adjunct professor at Longwood University. Bevin's Lost Victories: The Military Genius of Stonewall Jackson was honored by the Civil War Book Review, an academic publication of the United States Civil War Center at Louisiana State University, when it was named one of the seventeen books that have most reshaped Civil War scholarship. In 1940, as Nazi Germany spread its wings of war, the French stood secure in the knowledge that they possessed the largest, most formidable, and best-equipped army in Europe. They also possessed a stalwart ally in Britain and the support of Holland and Belgium. But the people of those countries were all about to face a new kind of enemy, who fought a new kind of war. France’s defeat was no longer impossible. it was inevitable. For years, Hitler had planned to conquer Europe and rule a Reich that would last a thousand years. But first he had to remove the threat of France—the only standing danger to Germany’s domination. The Nazi general staff was understandably wary of taking on Europe’s most powerful armed force. Still, an unimpressive, halfhearted battle plan was drawn up under orders from the Führer. But in the minds of three brilliant generals—Erwin Rommel, Erich von Manstein, and Heinz Guderian—the plan would have to change, and with it, the face of modern warfare. Expert military strategist Bevin Alexander examines the groundbreaking martial concepts developed by these men. The foundation of their plan was to forgo the standard soldiers-against-soldiers style of combat. Instead, they would unleash the power of tanks, grouping them into juggernauts that would slam into and through enemy lines, as aircraft supported them and ground forces swept in behind them. Thus, the blitzkrieg—lightning war—was born. With this aggressive single-minded plan, the Nazis bypassed the supposedly impenetrable Maginot Line, charged into the heart of France, and alerted the world that the deadly might of Germany could no longer be ignored. Condition: Very good / Very good.

Keywords: World War 2, Blitzkrieg, Erwin Rommel, Erich von Manstein, Heinz Guderian, Ardennes, Alanbrooke, Franz Halder, Ewald von Kleist, von Rundtstedt, Armored Warfare, Tank Warfare, Maxime Weygand

ISBN: 9780451231208

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