Hitlers soldiers the german army in the third reich ben h shepherd on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers a penetrating study of the german armys military campaigns relations with the nazi regime. This was excellent authoritative and scholarly yet also compelling the title is a bit misleading as it leads one to expect a book from the soldiers point of view while it doesnt ignore the soldier it tends to be more flavour and shepherds focus is at more of a higher level the generals and operations and in this regard the subtitle the german army in the third reich is much . Hitler s soldiers book summary for decades after 1945 it was generally believed that the german army professional and morally decent had largely stood apart from the ss gestapo and other corps of the nazi machine ben shepherd draws on a wealth of primary sources and recent scholarship to convey a much darker more complex picture. In theory it served as the military general staff for adolf hitlers third reich coordinating the efforts of the german army heer navy kriegsmarine and air force luftwaffe in theory the okw was only hitlers military office was charged with translating hitlers ideas into military orders and had little real control over the army . Librarything review user review kgbudge librarything hitlers army soldiers nazis and war in the third reich omer bartov omers thesis is that the wehrmacht was far from the professional nonpolitical force it has often been portrayed to be in
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