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Disobeying Hitler : German resistance in the last year of WWII
Disobeying Hitler : German resistance in the last year of WWII
Hansen, Randall2014
In the last months of the war, Hitler ordered the poisoning, blocking, and wrecking of all ports across Europe ; the destruction of all industries, railroads, bridges, utilities supplies, archives and museums in Europe and the destruction of the most beautiful city in the world: Paris. Thanks to the determination and bravery of a few, including those who paid with their lives, Hitler's orders were often disobeyed. The result was a profound and lasting effect on the war and its aftermath. This book explores the extraordinary phenomenon of disobedience and its consequences: Would Rommel have opened the Western Front to the Allies on July 20, 1944 had he not been shot up a few days earlier? Did Albert Speer single-handedly prevent the destruction of bridges, factories, towns and all features of civilized life? Did the actions of one Prussian General save Paris from total devastation? And why were some German cities defended to the last man, leading to a great loss of life and the cities' complete destruction, while others surrendered without a fight?
London : Faber and Faber, 2014.
470 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (black and white), maps ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Machine generated contents note: 1.War, Atrocities, Resistance -- 2.The Coup against Hitler -- 3.From Failing Hands: The Coup in Paris -- 4.Paris, July 20, 1944: The SS Locked Down -- 5.The Resistance's Last Hope: Rommel against Hitler -- 6.Hitler's Revenge -- 7.Did a Prussian Save Paris? -- 8.To Destroy the City of Light -- 9.Paris in Revolt -- 10.Paris Liberated, Paris Spared -- 11.Normandy South: The Invasion of Southern France -- 12.Forts and Fortresses: Toulon -- 13.Europe's Lifeline: Marseille -- 14.Violence Comes Home: Preparing the Defence of the Reich -- 15.To Destroy Germany: Hitler and Scorched Earth -- 16.Fighting to the Last Man: The Allies at the Rhine -- 17.Hitler Rages -- 18.The Siege of Dusseldorf -- 19.Dying So That They May Live: Central Germany -- 20.Nuremberg's Destruction, Heidelberg's Salvation: Southern Germany -- 21.A Citizens' Revolt: Augsburg -- 22."We, the women of Freiburg, beg you": The French Occupation of Southern Germany --Contents note continued: 23.A House of Cards: The Soviet Assault on the Reich -- 24.Saving Caspar David Friedrich's City -- 25.Finishing the Job That Bomber Harris Started: Hamburg -- 26.Escaping the Soviet Net: Walther Wenck and the Flight across the Elbe.
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