Hitler's Gladiator: The Life and Wars of Panzer Army Commander Sepp Dietrich

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Anova Books, 2005 - History - 245 pages
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Hitler's Gladiator is the life of German general Josef 'Sepp' Dietrich, who rose from private soldier in the Kaiser's army to command an SS panzer army in the closing stages of the Second World War. Dietrich was one of the more notorious but intriguing characters of the Nazi era.

 

It is impossible to disassociate him from the excesses of the Hitler regime, he was close to the heart of the party and Hitler himself and was twice convicted as a war criminal. However, he was also an effective and much admired military commander; he was devoted to his men and led them through some of the fiercest fighting and harshest conditions experienced during the war. In this revised and extensively illustrated paperback edition, Charles Messenger provides an objective account of the life and times of Sepp Dietrich, painting a vivid picture of life under the Third Reich.

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User Review  - Philip100 - LibraryThing

This book changed my opinion of Sepp Dietrich he was a very down to earth man and solider. I feel he would have been better suited as a Division Commander. His need to be at the front and with his men ... Read full review

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User Review  - Devatipan - LibraryThing

The book is a real curate’s egg – some undoubted strengths, but many worrying weaknesses. The strengths lie mainly in its detail and its brisk pace. Unlike many biographers, Charles Messenger does not ... Read full review

About the author (2005)

Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg, the son of Prussian aristocrats, was educated at the Wahlstatt and Berlin cadet schools, before joining the army in 1865. He fought in the Battle of Koniggratz and in the Franco-Prussian War, and was promoted to the rank of General. Von Hindenburg retired from the army in 1911, but returned to service at the outbreak of the First World War.

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