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The Memoirs of Field Marshal Keitel: Chief of the German High Command 1938-1945

Keitel, Wilhelm; Irving, David

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Wilhelm Keitel, the chief of Hitler s High Command, wrote these memoirs before he was hanged at Nuremberg. He was second only to Hitler in the direction of the most devastating war of modern times. The revelations in this book include the background to the annexations of Austria and Czechoslovakia, and the rivalry (spiced by a moral scandal) between the German regular army and the S.S. We see Keitel at Hitler s side throughout the fateful August 1939, when the world balanced on a knife-edge. Then we follow through his eyes the triumphant German campaigns against Poland and the Low Countries, and the conquest of France. Included in this edition is much that the original editor omitted for political reasons. The fluctuating fortunes of the invasion of Russia are graphically depicted, as well as Hitler s shifting strategy and his views on his generals as disaster loomed at Stalingrad. With only weeks left to live, Keitel devoted his remaining time to writing about the last eighteen days of Hitler s Reich. His vantage-point is unique. He remained at Hitler s side until almost the end, when he left Berlin to take personal command of the final desperate battle. Edited by German historian Walter Görlitz, this book s gifted translation is by David Irving, author of The Destruction of Dresden and The Mare s Nest.

About the Author: A professional historian of noted distinction, David Irving has researched and written about the Third Reich with passionate insight for many years. His first book, 'The Destruction of Dresden', was just one of several startling international bestsellers, which include 'Churchill's War' and 'Hitler's War'. The son of a Royal Navy commander, he was Educated at Imperial College of Science & Technology and at University College London. He spent a year in Germany working in a steel mill, perfecting his fluency in the language. Among his thirty books, the best known include 'Hitler's War'; 'The Trail of the Fox: The Life of Field-Marshal Rommel'; 'Accident, the Death of General Sikorski'; 'The Rise and Fall of the Luftwaffe', Goebbels: Mastermind of the Third Reich'; 'Nuremberg: The Last Battle'; and 'Goering: a Biography'. He has also translated several works by other authors. He lives in London and is the father of five daughters. He maintains an extensive website, updated daily, dealing with both historical and current events, commenting in his uniquely British way on all matters of import.

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