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The German War
Author: Nicholas Stargardt

ISBN: 9781847921000
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 500
Published: 1 September 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 3.8
Description:
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2016 PEN HESSELL-TILTMAN PRIZE



The Second World War was a German war like no other. The Nazi regime, having started the conflict, turned it into the most horrific war in European history, resorting to genocidal methods well before building the first gas chambers. Over its course, the Third Reich expended and exhausted all its moral and physical reserves, leading to total defeat in 1945. Yet 70 years on - despite whole libraries of books about the war's origins, course and atrocities - we still do not know what Germans thought they were fighting for and how they experienced and sustained the war until the bitter end.



When war broke out in September 1939, it was deeply unpopular in Germany. Yet without the active participation and commitment of the German people, it could not have continued for almost six years. What, then, was the war Germans thought they were fighting? How did the changing course of the conflict - the victories of the Blitzkrieg, the first defeats in the east, the bombing of Germany's cities - change their views and expectations? And when did Germans first realise that they were fighting a...

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