Naval Officers Under Hitler

The Men of Crew 34
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Published:November 15, 2017
This book is a collective biography of the 318 men who joined the German Navy in 1934 to become officers. It traces their lives 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 archival research. It stresses the drama of recent German history that these officers experienced closely as observers, participants, victims, and sometimes, beneficiaries. The author argues that the vast majority of junior naval officers under Hitler, while well trained and prepared to defend their fatherland 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 worldview and priorities.
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Product Details
  • Subject: World War II
  • Paperback : 256 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (November 15, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1682472316
  • ISBN-13: 9781682472316
  • Product Dimensions: 6 X 6 in
  • Shipping Weight: 0 lb
  • "First published in 1991 as the Soviet Union and the cold War came to an end, and republished in 2017 this is an important book." "A remarkable contribution, as compelling today as in 1991." —The NAVY Magazine
  • “Naval Officers Under Hitler is a rewarding read. Well written and always offering new perspectives, it has the potential to challenge the mindset of many naval officers and sailors. Overall Naval Officers Under Hitler is highly recommended.” —The Australian Naval Institute
  • "A very scholarly work, Naval Officers Under Hitler remains of critical value for those interested in the Kriegsmarine and the motivations of naval officers in the service of the Nazi regime." —StrategyPage
ERIC RUST, a native of Lübeck, Germany, and veteran of the Bundesmarine, has been a professor of history at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, since 1984. He has a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on German maritime and naval history, especially submarine warfare.

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