Hitler's Commander: Field Marshal Walther Model : Hitler's Favorite General

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Da Capo Press, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 416 pages
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Field Marshal Walther Model (1891-1945) was an extremely capable and aggressive German commander who rose through the ranks of the Wehrmacht’s high command during World War II. His expertise in rebuilding broken fronts earned him the nickname of the "Fuhrer’s Fireman,” and throughout the war, Hitler relied on the rapidly promoted general to save his army in several desperate situations, despite the fact that Model was often quite blunt with his erratic Fuhrer.Model’s greatest achievement was the restoration of stability along the eastern front in June 1944. In August he was sent to restore the deteriorating western front, where he re-established a strong defensive line along the West Wall in September. He was second-in-command at the Battle of the Bulge and was leading the German army when it collapsed at the end of the war. Rather than surrender, he shot himself in April 1945.Although Model destroyed most of his personal papers just before he died, Stephen H. Newton draws on a wide variety of original German sources, including extensive Wehrmacht archival material, to tell the first and only authoritative story of the commander who was Hitler’s favorite.

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User Review  - Shrike58 - LibraryThing

Seeing as Walther Model is a somewhat notorious figure, even by the standards of the Third Reich, Newton's conclusions are rather interesting. At the very least it seems as though Model was anything ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chris Nardo - Goodreads

This book is a great insight into the German military High Command during World War II and it's prelude. General Model was Hitler's favorite because he embraced the Blitzkrieg philosophy early in the ... Read full review

About the author (2005)

Steven H. Newton is Professor of History at Delaware State University. His previous books on World War II include Kursk: The German View and Retreat from Leningrad.

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