Germany lost the war long before May 1945. But Hitler refused to surrender, instead dragging the country into the abyss. Although there was a huge imbalance in force between Germans and Soviets, the Nazis maintained surprising advantages in equipment, experience, and tactics. We explore in-depth this apocalyptic showdown.
The crisis engendered by the Treaty of Versailles broke the European liberal centre and led to polarisation to both left and right. An apocalyptic confrontation between socialist revolution and fascist reaction dominated European politics during the 1930s. The victory of the latter across most of Europe set the stage for another world war, even longer, bloodier, and more barbaric than the first.
The June issue of Military History Monthly, the British military history magazine, is now on sale. To subscribe to the magazine click here. To access the digital edition click here. In this issue: WWI Balkan Blitzkriegs Combined German, Austrian, and Bulgarian forces wreaked destruction on Serbia and Romania during the First World War. In this month’s 15-page special, we […]
Iain King takes a hard look at how the First World War turned Hitler into a Fascist. The ‘Great War’ had a profound effect on all the countries which took part. Most European empires were so shaken by the conflict that they changed their whole system of government. Perhaps the country which had most reason […]
A few facts you may not know regarding the complex, tyrannical dictator.
Biographies of Hitler are often frustratingly vague about his experiences as a soldier in WWI. Beyond the information that he: served as a message-carrying ‘runner’ on the Western Front; achieved the rank of ‘Gefreiter’ ( not quite, as Thomas Weber assures us, the equivalent of the ‘Corporal’ or even Lance-Corporal it is often translated as); […]