FUEHRER CONFERENCES ON NAVAL AFFAIRS, 1939-1945

JAK P MALLMANN SHOWELL
496pp ILLUS 2005 OUT OF PRINT (P) H332

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As the Allies made their inexorable last assault upon Germany in 1945, Hitler ordered that every official military document be destroyed. Admiral Karl Dönitz, then supreme commander-in-chief of the Navy, felt differently. The Navy, he believed, had waged an honourable war and posterity would prove the fairest judge. Were it not for Dönitz's singular decision, this remarkable book would not exist. Here is the faithful, first-hand account of Hitler's meetings with his Navy commanders-in-chief -- Grand Admiral Dr Erich Raeder until January 1943, then Admiral Dönitz -- and a handful of other high-ranking officers, covering key events such as the invasion of Norway, the planned invasion of Britain, the sinking of the Bismarck and the Normandy landings. Such was the nature of these meetings that even secretaries were excluded, and both Raeder and Dönitz personally checked the typescripts of the meeting-notes before approving them.