In the Bunker with Hitler: 23 sale outlet online sale July 1944-29 April 1945 sale

In the Bunker with Hitler: 23 sale outlet online sale July 1944-29 April 1945 sale

In the Bunker with Hitler: 23 sale outlet online sale July 1944-29 April 1945 sale

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Throughout the last nine months of the Third Reich, from July 23, 1944, to April 29, 1945, Captain Bernd Freytag von Loringhoven-aide-de-camp to Adolf Hitler''s last two army chiefs of staff, the generals Heinz Guderian and Hans Krebs-daily attended Hitler''s military briefings with his highest-ranking officers. Daily, too, he maintained contact by telephone or radio with commanders at the front, and often he himself transmitted to them Hitler''s orders and the latest intelligence from the bunker. He also watched-while recording his experiences in his private logs-as the gap increasingly widened between the reality of the war outside the bunker and Hitler''s willful illusions of imminent victory in the face of absolute ruin.

In the last catastrophic week of Hitler''s regime, Loringhoven, now holed up night and day in the bunker, saw the final hopes of officers and staff dissolve into drink and fade into suicidal despair. He saw, too, his chance to survive: On April 29, when all communications in the bunker broke down, he could no longer do his work, and with Hitler''s unexpected blessing, he left. On April 30, Hitler was dead.

Those wartime logs by a young army officer who found that his duty as a soldier lay at the behest of a criminal have sixty years later become this book.

Near the end of World War II, Bernd Freytag von Loringhoven was appointed aide-de-camp to Hitler''s headquarters and finally to his bunker, where he experienced the last nine months of the Third Reich.

From Publishers Weekly

This intriguing wartime memoir by von Loringhoven (b. 1914), the personal assistant of Hitler''s last two chiefs of staff, chronicles his experiences as a German soldier finding himself inside Nazi Germany''s Führerbunker, the bunker that housed Hitler during the last half of WWII. Unable to reconcile himself with the ultra-conservative, anti-Semitic views of the National Socialist Party before the war, von Loringhoven decided against the legal profession because every budding lawyer... [is] indoctrinated with Party ideology. Instead, he joined the German army, believing (naïvely, as it became clear) that the Army stood quite aloof from Party politics. Von Loringhoven soon became enmeshed in the Nazi regime; as aide-de-camp to Gen. Hans Kreb, Hitler''s personal adviser, von Loringhoven found himself within the crumbling, defeated world of the Führerbunker during the last months of the war. By war''s end, the author says, he had the disagreeable impression of having been used as fodder for the adventures of a charlatan. Von Loringhoven''s depiction of bunker life and of his own escape, permitted by Hitler himself, will interest those fascinated by WWII. Photos, maps. (Nov.)
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Bernd Freytag von Loringhoven was born in 1914 into an aristocratic German family. In 1934 he embarked on a militray career; in 1943 he was one of the lucky officers to escape Stalingrad. At war''s end he was appointed to Hitler''s headquarters and finally to his bunker, where he experienced the last nine months of the Third Reich.

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