Naval Officers Under Hitler: The Story of Crew 34 First Edition
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About the Author
ERIC C. RUST is Lecturer in History at Baylor University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.
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I have not read it cover to cover as yet but it is hard work trying to continue to match the threads as we progress. I am sure that the content for some may be fantastic. I have read volumes of books from the WWII era from the Thetis submarine to the final chapters of 1945 including the cracking of the encryption code devices in place. I will continue to read it, but it is very complicated to a casual reader who simply wants to understand the circumstances.
'In contrast to numerous works on German Army officers under the Third Reich, Rust’s profile of the Kriegsmarine’s 1934 officer candidate class, published in 1991 and long out of print, was the first account of naval officers under the Nazi regime. Rust delved deeply into available documents to give us a look at the background, lives, and careers of the 318 members of the class, 40 percent of whom did not survive the war. Most perished in the U-boot service, while some of the survivors went on to found the new navy of the German Federal Republic. In a preface written for this reissue, Rust notes that his profile of these men, and his broader conclusions about the German navy’s officer corps, have largely been confirmed by subsequent research and adds some general observations about the lives of the men in question. His work remains of critical value for those interested in the Kriegsmarine and the motivations of naval officers in the service of the Nazi regime.'
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