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By Nicholas Stargardt

As early as 1941, Allied victory in global conflict II appeared all yet guaranteed. How and why, then, did the Germans extend the barbaric clash for 3 and a part extra years?
In The German conflict, acclaimed historian Nicholas Stargardt attracts on a rare diversity of fundamental resource materials—personal diaries, court docket files, and armed forces correspondence—to solution this question. He bargains an unparalleled portrait of wartime Germany, bringing the hopes and expectancies of the German people—from squaddies and tank commanders at the japanese entrance to civilians at the domestic front—to vibrant existence. whereas so much historians establish the German defeat at Stalingrad because the second whilst the common German citizen became opposed to the warfare attempt, Stargardt demonstrates that the Wehrmacht actually retained the staunch aid of the patriotic German population until eventually the sour end.
Astonishing in its breadth and humanity, The German conflict is a groundbreaking new interpretation of what drove the Germans to fight—and retain fighting—for a misplaced reason.

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Like many schools across Germany, it became a military assembly point that day, and Hosenfeld resumed his First World War rank of sergeant major. Many of the men in his company of infantry reservists were also veterans of the last war and, as he doled out their weapons and equipment, he judged their mood to be ‘serious but determined’. 2 In Flensburg, a young fireman took the tram to the Junkerhohlweg barracks where he was appointed ‘equipment sergeant’ and issued with a bicycle. The 26th Infantry Regiment marched off to the railway station at eleven that night.

Wilhelm Moldenhauer, shopkeeper from Nordstemmen near Hanover, radio operator. Marianne Strauss, Jewish kindergarten teacher from Essen. Ursula von Kardorff, journalist from Berlin. Peter Stölten from Zehlendorf in Berlin, despatch rider and tank commander. Lisa de Boor, journalist from Marburg; married to Wolf, with three grown-up children: Monika, Anton and Hans. Willy Reese, trainee bank clerk from Duisburg, infantryman. , railwayman’s son, paratrooper. Introduction The Second World War was a German war like no other.

But other Germans perceived everything from the opposite direction: the war was their primary concern, against which they developed their understanding of the genocide. These were very different perspectives on the same events, conditioned by deep inequalities of power and choice and refracted in profoundly different hopes and fears. This problem has shaped the way I have approached writing the history of wartime Germany. Where other historians have highlighted the machinery of mass murder, and discussed why or how the Holocaust happened, I find myself more concerned with how German society received and assimilated this knowledge as accomplished fact.

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