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The Unknown Eastern Front: The Wehrmacht and Hitler's Foreign Soldiers

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    Rolf-Dieter Muller(Author)

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When Hitler launched Operation Barbarossa with his attack on the Soviet Union in June 1941, the Wehrmacht deployed 600,000 troops to the Eastern Front. Their numbers were later swelled by a range of foreign volunteers so that, at the height of World War II, astonishingly one in three men fighting for the Germans in the East was not a native German. Hitler s declaration of the struggle against Bolshevism reverberated throughout all of Europe - among convinced fascists as well as among non-Russian eastern Europeans seeking to regain their independence from the USSR. Many of these volunteers subsequently became involved in the atrocities of the Wehrmacht and the SS. Vilified by Hitler for their supposed failures, condemned and forgotten by their homelands for treason and collaboration, their involvement in the war has been largely ignored or swept aside by historians. Rolf-Dieter Müller here offers a fascinating new perspective on a little-known aspect of World War II.

A concise yet comprehensive treatment of the military operations of Hitler's foreign helpers in the war against the Soviet Union ... A very readable account that effectively dismantles myths and legends that have grown up around an important and neglected subject. --Jeff Rutherford, H-GermanDefinitive. --Die Welt'In lifting the veil with which history has shrouded these men, Muller...has opened up a new vista on a largely forgotten, and sometimes deliberately neglected, but crucial aspect of recent history.' --Nigel Jones, Spectator'The Unknown Eastern Front demonstrates that history especially - of a highly sensitive issue like this one - is rarely about neat binary categories of black and white, good and evil.' --Roger Moorhouse, TLSPersuasive and readable. --Westdeutsche Zeitung'... this is an important subject…[Müller] supplies full and useful detail on the contribution of all the different peoples who participated, with information on the numbers of soldiers and the tasks they were expected to fulfill.' --Richard Overy, History TodayPersuasive and readable. --Westdeutsche Zeitung

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  • PDF | 288 pages
  • Rolf-Dieter Muller(Author)
  • I.B.Tauris; REPRINT Edition edition (30 Jun. 2012)
  • English
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  • History

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  • By rooivalk on 25 June 2017

    I was expecting a more detailed look at this oft forgotten subject. Instead i thought it was mostly a rehash with not much new

  • By E. W. Sharman on 3 March 2013

    I have to say that this book is well balanced and informative.The structure of the book is great well laid out and full of useful knowledge.If you want to know about the various nations and peoples who provided troops for the German effort in Russia this is the book for you evenly written it pulls no punches but seems fair in its dealings with each group, will be looking out for more English versions of this authors works.

  • By Commercial lawyer on 11 September 2013

    Written by a German academic, this book describes the role of the non-German soldiers in the Wehrmacht on the Eastern front, in fact up to 33% of the Wehrmacht strength there. The topic has been largely buried as nobody wanted to own up to being on the losing side, and indeed the fate of many of them can indeed be described as "buried", as they were not treated well in many cases including those repatriated to Stalin's USSR.Indeed, the role of the Soviet-era NKVD in "ethnic cleansing", mass-murder and deportations is acknowledged here, and was one of the factors in the major changes in countries and populations in Eastern Europe post-1945, even though it was largely ignored by the Western powers.The book is rather more than just the role of "foreign" soldiers in the Wehrmacht and is a thought-provoking read. I would recommend it.

  • By Oliver on 28 April 2014

    I do wonder why there are so few good books on Hitlers allies, considering that, as this book explains, 1/3 soldiers serving on the Eastern front were not even German. From the courageous Fins and unlucky Italians down to the Bulgarians, all of the German allies are covered in short yet very informative chapters, explaining how they ended up on the German side and how their countries and the soldiers serving them ended the war.Anyone who has interest in the German allies, whether they be Russians volunteers, Hungarians in the Honved or Western Europeans serving in the German armed forces, will find this book a valuable asset.

  • By Lyndsay on 11 September 2013

    This is clearly a well-written and well-researched book, and very informative. It is divided into three sections- Hitler's allies, neutrals/occupied, and enemies respectively- and within each, is divided country by country and then outlines the contributions soldiers from each country made to the Eastern Front. I was disappointed however, as I was really hoping for more personal stories- what motivated these soldiers, particularly those from countries that were not allied to the Reich? This was dealt with briefly- adventurism, , anti-semitism, anti-communism, etc but we never really heard from the soldiers themselves. I wanted to hear more from the lives of actual soldiers and what those who survived faced on their return home after Germany's defeat. Unfortunately this book focuses on a greater scale than the individual. It's very good at what it does, it just simply wasn't what I had hoped it would be.

  • By John M. Bannerman on 9 September 2014

    Its clear that Mr Muller is not a native English speaker - but the book sheds light (even if incompletely) on a little known and rarely discussed area of WW2. It is outstanding for that reason - and only drops a star as it could do with a bit more detail in my opinion. Well worth the money - and should be essential reading for those examining WW2 on the German-Soviet front.

  • By Ian on 3 December 2016

    An interesting perspective on a hidden area of the war.

  • By M Bowery on 11 February 2016

    A very good read

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