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1. "Kuehn, John Dr CIV USA TRADOC" <firstname.lastname@example.org> 2. "McGrath, John J CIV USA TRADOC" <email@example.com> -----Message from: "Kuehn, John Dr CIV USA TRADOC" <firstname.lastname@example.org>----- I cannot respond to Jonathan Beard's query directly (although having read translations of some of Hitler's speeches and Fuhrer conferences, he does seems to have at his command a rather large array of all sorts of facts, including military history ones), but... B.H. Liddell-Hart, who got so much wrong and contributed so much smoke and confusion to the historical record, did get at least one thing right. His opening essay in _The German Generals Talk_ is worth the price of the book and better than the remaining "eyewitness" accounts combined. It is entitled "The Suicidal Schism" and he makes a very good case for Hitler as a competent and dangerous grand strategic leader. He also does a good job of explaining the destructive pathology of the Nazi civil-military relationship between Hitler the German General Staff, why operational excellence on their part did not combine with Hitler's subtle sense of strategic finesse to produce more fruit after 1941. That said, I for one am glad the relationship was a dysfunctional and suicidal one! John T. Kuehn, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Military History Curriculum Developer Department of Military History U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth, KS "Kuehn, John Dr CIV USA TRADOC" <email@example.com> -----Message from: "McGrath, John J CIV USA TRADOC" <firstname.lastname@example.org>----- I think Hitler used his WW1 status as a common soldier, a Landser, as a key point in his arguments with his generals rather than a specific study of the actions of generals of the past. He felt his experiences were more pertinent than those of his 'defeatist' generals. The standfast order, for example, was a direct application of his WW1 trench warfare experiences. He also believed in the power of "National Socialist spirit" a concept similar to that of the French offensive elan in WW1. The Nazis, Hitler in particular, believed in the great heroes of the German past, particularly Frederick the Great. When FDR died in 1945 Hitler saw it as similar to the death of the czarina in 1762 which broke up an overwhelming alliance. John McGrath "McGrath, John J CIV USA TRADOC" <email@example.com> ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----