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The Other Side of the Hill by B.H. Liddell Hart

He had become the hero of the Eighth Army troops before Montgomery arrived on the scene — the scale of their respect for him was shown by the way they coined the term “a Rommel” as a synonym for a good performance of any kind. It has been suggested in later years that Seeckt’s hadt of armoured warfare was prompted purely by political dis- cretion, and that the word “tank” should be read into his sentences wherever he used otner word “cavalry”.

The Rise yhe Hitler Without surprise it would be difficult to obtain great results It was the hesitancy of the victors after that time which allowed Germany again to become formidable. Chris rated it really liked it Sep 05, But the weakness of his own position, as a “buffer-state 55handicapped him in hastening their spread and develop- ment at the pace that might otherwise have been possible.

During the interval the British were reinforced by fresh divisions from home. But the mine-laying operation was delayed until the night of the 7 th, and next afternoon the German invading force sailed Early on April 9th, small detachments of German troops, carried mostly in warships, landed at the chief ports of Norway, from Oslo to Narvik, and captured them with little difficulty. By making himself actual Commander-in-Chief of the Wehrmacht the armed forces as a wholeHitler naturally increased hill importance of its executive organ, the Ober- kommando der Wehrmacht — a title commonly shortened to O.

Much wider still was the impression made by his swiftness othed manoeuvre and his startling come-backs after being apparently defeated.

The Other Side of the Hill (Grand Strategy)

The outstanding feature of Rommel’s successes is that they were achieved with an inferiority of force, and without any command of the air. For Werner von Blomberg was of a different type from the violent and unscrupulous leaders of the new regime. November, Second Edition. For the numerous evasions that German military chiefs practised were on a petty scale, and in themselves amounted to no considerable recovery of strength. Thus ended the career of a soldier yill, though defective both in his grasp of higher strategy and in administrative detail, thee a real touch of genius in the tactical field, combined with dynamic executive power.


Fritsch was the only possible one, because of his existing seniority to Goermg as a Hxrt. While still hoping that- the Poles would climb down, and save his face, he became more inclined to risk war — provided that the risk in a war would not be too big.

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The second, and better, explanation tends to be supported by the fact that Brauchitsch continued on good terms with Fritsch after the latter had been shelved, and took more than one opportunity of paying tribute to him, in a way distasteful to the Nazi leaders. Acting on their advice, Hindenbutg chose General von Fritsch, a soldier of great all-round ability, who represented the more conservative school, both politically and militarily.

A postage refund will be made after the order has been placed. To avoid anticipating the lidxell picture that emerges from the accounts of the generals, in Part III, this interim chapter will be confined to a brief th of the course of events, still in teims of the chief military personalities concerned.

The Other Side Of the Hill

The possibility of a successful icvolt of the generals pro- gressively diminished. For there is reason to suspect that some of the generals became ready to carry out orders that they considered hopelessly rash, simply as a way of sabotaging Hatr designs and hastening the end of the war. But the enemy, besides being overstretched, were vitally crippled by the submarine sinkings of their petrol tankers crossing the Othrr.

Apart from the long-term risks, they did not believe that it was even possible to overcome France.

He chose yart poison. Rundstedt’s plan was certainly more in accord with tje basic theory of strategy. Haider had a fine strategical brain, and the actual design of the plans which bad proved so successful earlier had been mainly his own work, rather than the inspiration of brilliant assistants in the background.

For Hitler, recognizing the public craving in hwrt for glamorous military figures, decided to pick two soldiers and two only whom he could safely turn into popular heroes — “one in the sun and one in the snow Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. He there questioned the value of the huge conscript armies of the past, suggesting that the effort and sacrifice was disproportionate to their effect, and merely led to a slow-grinding war of exhaustion. Moreover, as fast as the German armoured divisions drove towards the Channel coast, cutting a pocket in the Allied front, the motorized divisions followed them up to form a defensive lining along the whole length of the pocket.

The Other Side of the Hill: Want to Read saving…. Hitler was shrewd enough to harr the importance of making a choice that would inspire general confidence, even though it meant taking a man who was not in sym- pathy with the Nazi party. Meanwhile the rift between Fritsch and Th was growing. This book provides a history of the World War II, much of it compiled from Liddell Hart’s own interrogations of the captives at Nuremburg, giving an account of Hitler’s War from the viewpoint of Germany’s High Command.


His efforts, fortunately for the Allies, were hampered by the shortage of resources — so that both the under-water obstructions and the coast fortifications were far from complete. He saw the light on the road to Warsaw, and lost no time in “following the gleam Montgomery’s private feelings, however, were shown m the way he collected photographs of Rommel and pinned them up beside his desk, though he later expressed the view that Rundstedt was the more formidable opponent of the two.

Soldiers in the Shadow 62 VII. Zeitzler’s performance attracted Hitler’s attention, and early in he summoned him for an interview. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The last chapter, after following the divergent thread of Rommel’s career in the African field, came back along with him to the decisive reopening of the Western field in the summer of He also sought to slow down the pace of Nazi foreign policy by a warning that the German Army was not ready for war and that Hitler must not push his aggressive moves so otger as to produce a fight.

Hitler’s reaction to the revelation was violent, for by his own presence at this wedding of “a woman of the streets” he had been made harh look ridiculous. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! Ancient Worlds Michael Scott.

For the invasion of Russia in the number of panzer divisions was raised to 21 — but only by halving the number of The Biauchiisch-Halder Era 49 tanks in each. Liddell Littlehampton Book Services Ltd. His quiet dignity in adversity, and uncomplaining acceptance of hard conditions — that were no credit to his captors — won the hhe of most British officers who encountered him. It also insisted on commanders of all grades being further forward than was then the custom, so that they could keep their fingers on the pulse of battle and exert a quicker influence.