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Naval Officers Under Hitler: The Story of Crew 34

Naval Officers Under Hitler: The Story of Crew 34 (Hardback)

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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.

BiographyBiography: generalHistory & PoliticsMilitary StudiesNaval forces & warfare Publisher: ABC-CLIO Publication Date: 30/03/1991 ISBN-13: 9780275937096  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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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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