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This book is the collective biography of 318 men who joined the German Navy in 1934 to become professional officers. Eric C. Rust traces the lives and mentality of these men from their upbringing in the Weimar Republic through their post-war careers. Unique in its subject matter and methodology in both German and international military historiography, Naval Officers under Hitler is a professional, political, and psychological group portrait based on personal interviews and correspondence as well as on archival material. Well documented and thoroughly researched, this book will prove invaluable to the scholar of German history and fascinating reading for the general reader interested in World War II.
Naval Officers under Hitler stresses the drama of recent German history as closely as anyone would wish--these naval officers were observers, witnesses, participants, victims, and sometimes, beneficiaries. The book argues that the vast majority of junior naval officers under Hitler, while well trained and prepared to defend Volk and Vaterland as good patriots, felt no profound or lasting attachment to Nazi ideology. Instead their ideological preferences remained with patriotic, conservative groups such as the German National People's Party and its successor organizations after World War II. Otherwise love of the sea and of the naval profession lay at the center of their overall mentality and priorities.
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This book is a collective biography, based largely on personal interviews and correspondence, of 318 men who joined the German Navy in 1934 to become professional officers.About the Author:
ERIC C. RUST is Lecturer in History at Baylor University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.
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Book Description Praeger, 1991. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110275937097
Book Description Praeger, 1991. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0275937097
Book Description Praeger, 1991. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0275937097