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Hitler's Commander: Field Marshal Walther Model--Hitler's Favorite General by [Newton, Steven H.]
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Unlike many of his contemporaries—Rommel, Guderian, von Rundstedt—who have been rescued from the anonymity of defeat, Model (1891–1945) has "languished in relative obscurity." Historian Newton (Panzer Operations), a professor at Delaware State University, hopes to remedy that in this first English-language biography of the general dubbed the "Führer's Fireman" and "the Lion of the Defense." Newton follows Model's career from his heroic service as a young lieutenant on the Western Front in WWI through his meteoric rise to the command of an army group during WWII. Newton aims not only to rescue Model from obscurity but to rehabilitate his frayed reputation as a "Hitler sycophant" and war criminal. (It didn't help that Model's "abrasive personality" made him few friends or admirers.) Drawing on his extensive research in German and American archives, German war diaries and memoirs, Newton presents a picture of a "tactical genius" who was "pro-Hitler" but not blindly so. Facing certain defeat in April 1945, Model destroyed his papers and committed suicide, making the task of any future biographer difficult. In the absence of personal papers, Newton manages to reconstruct Model the commander but not Model the man. (Jan.)
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"A useful portrait for students of military history." -- Kirkus Reviews 11/15/2005

"A well-researched biography." -- Washington Times, 05/28/06

"This work is a welcome portrait of one of the best generals of World War II." -- World War II Quarterly, April 2006

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  • File Size: 3851 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1st Da Capo Press Ed edition (April 27, 2009)
  • Publication Date: April 27, 2009
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NEIO7I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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