Defeat in the West

Author(s): Milton Shulman

Second World War

A vivid portrayal of the war in the West as it looked to the defeated German military hierachy in 1945/6

In 1945 the once mighty Wehrmacht was reduced to a pathetic shadow of its former self as the thousand-year Reich lay in ruins. The war in the West had been lost and its protagonists scattered in prisoner of war camps across Europe. In his line of duty, Major Shulman interrogated many enemy prisoners, including such senior officers as von Rundstedt, 'Sepp' Dietrich and Kurt Student, twenty-six in all, and from them he learnt why it was that such a superbly armed body of fighting men suffered such a calamitous defeat.

First published in 1947, this book was the first to reveal the truth of so much that had happened in the war, and how the discipline and ignorance of the German military machine served Hitler well and Germany badly. It is now a classic of military history.Milton Shulman fought at Normandy as an Intelligence Officer with the Canadian Armoured Corps. After the war he interviewed many of the German Army's most senior generals, whose candid observations on their military performance, and the nature of the regime, form the substance of this book. After the war, Milton Shulman became known as a London theatre and film critic, a writer and novelist, and a political commentator of note. He was latterly editor of the London Evening Standard.


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Gripping narrative based on the author's interviews with senior German officers imprisoned after defeat and capture 'The best and most vivid account of the German collapse' - Hugh Trevor Roper With an introduction by Max Hastings

Milton Shulman fought at Normandy as an Intelligence Officer with the Canadian Armoured Corps. After the war he interviewed many of the German Army's most senior generals, whose candid observations on their military performance, and the nature of the regime, form the substance of this book. After the war, Milton Shulman became known as a London theatre and film critic, a writer and novelist, and a political commentator of note. He was latterly editor of the London Evening Standard.

General Fields

  • : 9780304366033SECA
  • : Orion Publishing Co
  • : Cassell military
  • : November 2003
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 21mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 400
  • : 8 B/W Photo\Illu(s),4 Map(s)
  • : Milton Shulman
  • : Hardback
  • : 940.5421