- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: January 2021
- Print publication year: 2021
- Online ISBN: 9781108870405
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108870405
Hitler's decision to declare war on the United States has baffled generations of historians. In this revisionist new history of those fateful months, Klaus H. Schmider seeks to uncover the chain of events which would incite the German leader to declare war on the United States in December 1941. He provides new insights not just on the problems afflicting German strategy, foreign policy and war production but, crucially, how they were perceived at the time at the top levels of the Third Reich. Schmider sees the declaration of war on the United States not as an admission of defeat or a gesture of solidarity with Japan, but as an opportunistic gamble by the German leader. This move may have appeared an excellent bet at the time, but would ultimately doom the Third Reich.
Richard Overy - author of The Bombing War: Europe 1939-1945
Brendan Simms - author of Hitler: Only the World Was Enough
Mary Kathryn Barbier - author of Spies, Lies, and Citizenship: The Hunt for Nazi Criminals
Andrew Lambert - author of Seapower States: Maritime Culture, Continental Empires, and the Conflict That Made the Modern World
Russell A. Hart Source: Journal of Military History
Source: Strategy Page
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