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By Thomas J. Laub

German coverage in occupied France throughout the moment international struggle used to be in lots of methods a narrative of sour inner clash among many of the German organizations in command of the career. After the Fall presents a close research of the fight among those diverse organizations, highlighting the numerous variations in ideology, coverage, and procedure among the military, the SS, and the diplomatic carrier, and the rivalries among them of their fight for dominance. It additionally appears at what those battles implied for the course of German coverage in France, from the exploitation of the French economic climate and the suppression of resistance job, to the try and perform Nazi racial plans. within the method, it sheds a lot gentle on either the interior workings of the Nazi regime and at the judgements made by way of the French govt throughout the process the occupation.

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In return, Hitler assured senior officers that the Wehrmacht would be the sole bearer of arms in Nazi Germany. Officers helped the Führer eliminate dangerous political rivals and shored up their position in Hitler’s government. According to Müller’s analysis, the officer corps initially misjudged Hitler and was later seduced by foreign policy successes in the Rhineland and Austria. After the 1938 Blomberg-Fritsch affair, leading officers such as ²³ Gordon Craig, The Politics of the Prussian Army, 1640–1945 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1955), pp.

The German juggernaut rolled slowly but surely through the Low Countries despite facing the best divisions that the Allies had to offer. ¹⁴ Umbreit, ‘The battle for hegemony in western Europe,’ p. 281; Az´ema, 1940: L’Ann´ee terrible, pp. 66–9. ¹⁵ Horne, To Lose a Battle, pp. 124–132; Chapman, Why France Fell, pp. 74–8; Umbreit, ‘The battle for hegemony in western Europe,’ pp. 265–271. ¹⁶ Jeffery A. Gunsberg, Divided and Conquered: The French High Command and the Defeat of the West, 1940 (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1979), pp.

266–9; Manstein, Lost Victories, pp. 94–101; Gerhard Weinberg, A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994), pp. 108–111; Liddell Hart, The German Generals Talk, pp. 107–111. ¹⁰ Weinberg, A World at Arms, pp. 111–112; Manstein, Lost Victories, pp. 119, 120–126; F. W. von Mellenthin, Panzer Battles, translated by H. Betzler (New York: Ballantine Books, 1956), pp. 14–15; Liddell Hart, The German Generals Talk, pp. 112–117; Joachim Fest, Plotting Hitler’s Death.

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