Inside the Nazi War Machine: How Three Generals Unleashed Hitler's Blitzkrieg Upon the World

Inside the Nazi War Machine: How Three Generals Unleashed Hitler's Blitzkrieg Upon the World

Bevin Alexander / Sep 21, 2019

Inside the Nazi War Machine How Three Generals Unleashed Hitler s Blitzkrieg Upon the World The men the minds and the military tactics of Nazi Germany that would challenge the world to war In as Nazi Germany spread its wings of war France stood secure in the knowledge that they poss

  • Title: Inside the Nazi War Machine: How Three Generals Unleashed Hitler's Blitzkrieg Upon the World
  • Author: Bevin Alexander
  • ISBN: 9780451231208
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The men, the minds, and the military tactics of Nazi Germany that would challenge the world to war In 1940, as Nazi Germany spread its wings of war, France stood secure in the knowledge that they possessed the largest, most formidable, and best equipped army in Europe France also had a stalwart ally in Britain and the support of Holland and Belgium But they were all aThe men, the minds, and the military tactics of Nazi Germany that would challenge the world to war In 1940, as Nazi Germany spread its wings of war, France stood secure in the knowledge that they possessed the largest, most formidable, and best equipped army in Europe France also had a stalwart ally in Britain and the support of Holland and Belgium But they were all about to face a new kind of enemy who fought a new kind of war In this book, expert military strategist Bevin Alexander examines the groundbreaking martial concepts developed by three brilliant generals Erwin Rommel, Erich von Manstein, and Heinz Guderian Their plan was to unleash the power of the tank, grouping them into juggernauts that would slam into and through enemy lines, as aircraft supported them and ground forces swept in behind them It was the Blitzkrieg And it alerted the world that the deadly might of Germany could no longer be ignored

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      • Bevin Alexander

        Bevin Alexander is an American military historian and author He served as an officer during the Korean War as part of the 5th Historical Detachment His book Korea The First War We Lost was largely influenced by his experiences during the war Bevin has served as a consultant and adviser to several groups due to his military expertise, including work for the Rand Corporation, work as a consultant for military simulations instituted by the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, and as director of information at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia He was formerly on the president s staff as director of information at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va and is a retired adjunct professor of history at Longwood University, in Farmville, Virginia.


    546 Comments

    1. This book would have been stronger without the introductory author interview that plays up how he, unlike all other military historians, talks about strategy and tactics. The actual text, however, reads very much like any other military history, and discusses strategy and tactics in roughly the same depth as they are discussed in any other history. A secondary annoyance is how perfectly Mr. Alexander knows what would have happened if things had been done differently, and how regularly he takes p [...]


    2. With Inside the Nazi War Machine: How Three Generals Unleashed Hitler's Blitzkrieg Upon the World author Bevin Alexander delivers a more than serviceable history of the Battle of France during WWII. As Alexander points out, it was a great victory and an even greater lost opportunity. He focuses on the conflict within the German command structure (including Hitler) which ultimately produced the infamous “Stop” order. It was that order which allowed the “Miracle of Dunkirk” to take place. [...]


    3. This sophisticated man-read offers thoughtful analysis, brow-raising historic interpretations, and a crisp delivery. The author presents lots of military strategy, a menu of artillery and tank names, plenty of guttural German words and phrases, and generally lavishes a banquet of war red meat upon the testosterone-laden reader. I loved it. Yet the work is efficient, well research, and pretty much sticks to the cold facts. This was less about war story-telling and more about an analytic historica [...]


    4. Insightful book on strategy, competition and cooperation. It details how German Panzer Commander Guderian's blitzkrieg strategy was resisted and misunderstood by German, French and British conventional military commanders. The book helps unmask the hindsight revisionist view where German might was far superior to Allied forces. Instead we see that a German force of 60,000 men with what seemed on paper to be *inferior* weaponry (weakly armed and armored Panzer tanks and aging Stuka dive bombers) [...]


    5. Good book on the three major generals who changed modern warfare.Most interesting part of the book was the end and Mr. Alexander's hypothesis on what may have happened if the generals were allowed to crush and capture the BEF and French army at Dunkirk. Really made me think. Could have changed history.


    6. So many of the WWII narratives I've experienced (books, film, TV) have the Germans well established in Europe, or at most they summarize things. I loved getting a better sense of how and why they got there--from French military inadequacies to Hitler's lack of vision. This book gives a solid close-up look at the Battle of France with the chapter on Dunkirk taking on its climax. Something for everyone: plenty of weapons names and descriptions, strategy, people stories, etc. A valuable part of of [...]


    7. Excelente livro! Mostra a estratégia alemã utilizada para atacar Holanda, Bélgica, Luxemburgo e por fim a França, forçada a se render após 43 dias do início do conflito. O livro relata em detalhes as ações de três oficiais alemães, idealizadores da Blitzkrieg: Erich von Manstein, Heinz Guderian e Erwin Rommel. Mostra como suas decisões, muitas vezes contrariando ordens diretas do alto comando alemão, causaram a rápida destruição do exército francês e a retirada apressada do que [...]


    8. Poor. Too much detail with too few maps to follow the information. Conclusion goes off into rather expansive speculation about how Germany would have dominated Europe and western Asia and the US would remain isolated in west if Hitler was not timid and had allowed the three generals to capture the BEF at Dunkirk, essentially leading Britain to sue for peace to get the soldiers back. Author argues the generals were good, Hitler was small and narrow minded and led to his own defeat. Agree, but the [...]


    9. This book details the invasion of France during World War II and how three Generals Rommel, Guderian and Von Manstein devised and executed the plan which destroyed the Belgian French and British armies despite stubborn resistance from their own command. The book also details how Hitler and several other German Generals reluctance to believe in their ideas of tank warfare allowed for Dunkirk and many soldiers to escape to Britain to fight again. Good novel though a little tough to follow all the [...]


    10. Middle to high command level account of the 1940 France campaign told with highlights on the German generals who's tactics came to light and the difference between allied static fighting and use of armour vs. the fluid German tactics and of course the delays around Dunkirk. Not a bad book, in fact it's hard finding good books on 1940 being as the events (except for the Battle of Britain are over shadowing by the bigger events later in the war.


    11. An excellent audio book on a portion of the History of WW2. In some points of the audio book, veers off from other facts/statements/research done on WW2. I believe the latter & not what's in this book. But the difference in information is not of significance, but of slight. It did mention Keilmannseig, which I believe is a relative on my fathers side.


    12. 3.5 stars. This book includes detailed descriptions of tactical maneuvers, which are often fairly technical, but overall it is a very intriguing account of the Battle of France. I found the chapter on Dunkirk and the epilogue of "what ifs" especially fascinating.


    13. 4.5 stars. Great audio book.It gives an excellent view of the total surprise that Nazi generals created.At the end, there is an analysis what might have happened, if Hitler had a vision.



    14. What I took away from this book was if Hitler would have let his Generals run the war It could have turned out different.


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