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Erich Raeder: Admiral of the Third Reich Hardcover – May 11, 2013
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Seth J. Frantzman
A couple of points become very clear in this excellent biography:
First was Raeder's affinity, if not devotion, to Hitler and his cause. It doesn't seem that he was so involved with things like the holocaust and slave labor as some of the others, but it is clear that he was a Hitler supporter.
Second was Raeder's belief in the traditional 'Big Gun' surface ships. As was proven in World War II, the effort spent on this part of the German Navy was clearly a mistake. The money would have been much better spent on development of advanced submarines and especially on developing air power. Air power may have just gotten him in more conflict with Goring, but this might have worked out much better if approached at the beginning of the Hitler period. As it was, Naval Air did do a lot of damage with the few FW-200s they had.
A well written book that fills a gap in World War II history.