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By Williamson Murray

ISBN-10: 067400163X

ISBN-13: 9780674001633

ISBN-10: 0674006801

ISBN-13: 9780674006805

Nice publication. essentially breaks down and covers each point of worldwide struggle . covers subject matters completely. nice booklet for someone drawn to WWII.

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Its share jumped above 10 percent in 1930 to 15 percent in 1935. Attracted by the thrill of flying, higher pay, better living conditions, and quicker advancement, many talented army officers sought aviation duty. The traditional picture of air power in Germany has depicted the Luftwaffe as the “handmaiden of the army”—as a service uninterested in air missions beyond support for the panzer spearheads. In fact, the Germans attempted to build the Luftwaffe in accordance with the lessons learned from their analysis of what had actually happened in the air war from 1914 through 1918.

However, such a strategy demanded the undertaking of serious military actions that would force their enemy to expend scarce resources in marginal theaters. In the end, that strategy failed because of the unwillingness of British and French statesmen and generals to undertake any military action. Their inaction ensured that the Wehrmacht possessed maximum military capability in spring 1940. There were in fact three areas—Italy, Norway, and the Western Front— where Allied pressure could have affected the Germans significantly.

That alone explains their willingness to join the British in extending guarantees to virtually every Eastern European nation. Hitler’s reaction to Britain’s guarantee of Polish independence (given in a moment of panic) was incredulity at first and then outrage. Coloring his perceptions was a general contempt for Western leaders. He commented to Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, director of German intelligence, that he would cook the British a stew on which they would choke. To others he remarked that he had seen his enemies at Munich and they were worms.

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