Book Review – Tapping Hitler’s Generals: Transcripts of Secret Conversations, 1942-45

The Second World War Military Operations Research Group

Sönke Neitzel (ed.), Tapping Hitler’s Generals: Transcripts of Secret Conversations, 1942-45, Frontline Books, Barnsley, 2007. Appendix. Notes. Index. Cloth, 416pp.

Reviewed by G.H. Bennett, Plymouth University

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Over the past ten years, the wartime efforts of Allied intelligence to gather information on the German officer corps have yielded a steady stream of new information and publications. Richard Overy (Interrogations), David C. Isby (The German Army at D-Day) and others have mined post-war interrogations of senior Nazis, and the post-war debriefs of senior German Officers, to produce volumes that offer fresh insights into the thinking of particular figures, and the collective mind-set of the men who served the Third Reich.[1] Reviewers have not been slow to point out that the validity of the information derived from such sources is open to question. Written in the circumstances of captivity, with war crimes trials pending…

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