by Samuel W. Mitcham Jr. & Gene Mueller
Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2012. Pp. xiv, 352.
Illus., appends, notes, biblio., index. $19.95 paper. ISBN: 1442211539
Biographic Profiles of German Commanders
Mitcham, author of the earlier Hitler’s Field Marshals, and Mueller, author of Wilhelm Keitel: The Forgotten Field Marshal, team up to give us
a second, revised edition of their 2000 book of their
short biographies of nearly 70 German officers, including some notable airmen and U-boot commanders.
On the whole, the authors try to write more about lesser known commanders than about the more famous ones, and the officers are grouped according to their principal service or theatre of activity.
officers get five chapters,
respectively on those who served primarily in the
Eastern Front, Stalingrad,
and in the
and among others, Keitel, Jodl, Leeb, Heinrici, Falkenhausen, Paulus, Manteuffel, Bayerlein, Guderian, and many others.
There then follow
each of the
other military services. The
chapter gives us Milch, the often overlooked Wever, Galland, and others. Naval –
– officers include several submarine aces, such as Prien, Hartmann, and Kretschmer, with more senor officers such as Doenitz, Ciliax, and Carls.
officers covered include such officers as Becker, Eicke, Deitrich, and others.
The six appendices cover comparative ranks, general staff positions, technical details ontanks, Luftwaffe organization, abbreviations, and acronyms.
for each officer
range from one or two pages to eight or so, depending on
role in the war. Most of the entries provide on the officer’s family history, his early military experiences, his career during the Weimar Republic and the early Nazi years,
and his postwar life. Where possible, the authors give us some idea of each officer’s character, political views,
relationship to the Nazi movement,
and occasional anecdotes
While Hitler’s Commanders does not offer a definitive treatment of
the life of any of these offices
, for most of these men
provides the only biographical treatment available in English, making it very useful for anyone studying the war.
Hitler’s Commanders is also available as an e-Pub, $18.99, ISBN 978-1-4422-1154-4