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Uniform Title Abgehört. English.
Title Tapping Hitler's generals : transcripts of secret conversations, 1942-45 / [edited by] Sönke Neitzel ; translated by Geoffrey Brooks ; introduction by Ian Kershaw.

Imprint Barnsley : Frontline, 2007.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    940.56 TAP    Available
Description 416 p. : ill., ports. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 395-409) and index.
Contents Introduction. Observations on research and sources -- Secret monitoring of prisoners of war in Great Britain and Trent Park PoW Centre -- The main subjects of discussion: Politics, strategy and the different camps at Trent Park; 'We have tried to exterminate whole communities.' War crimes in Trent Park conversations; The insurrection of conscience. Reactions to 20 July 1944 -- Concluding observations -- -- The documents. Politics, strategy and the different camps at Trent Park -- 'We have tried to exterminate whole communities.' War crimes in Trent Park conversations -- The insurrection of conscience. Reactions to 20 July 1944.
Summary Between 1942 and 1945 the British Intelligence Service undertook an extraordinary surveillance operation. In the sedate surroundings of Trent Park, a large mansion with extensive grounds in North London, they used state of the art bugging equipment to listen in on the private conversations of captured high-ranking German officers. Unlike the countless postwar interrogations, these were unstructured conversations held freely among the officers, during which they touched upon the most sensitive issues. The officers discuss the July Plot of 1944, the failed attempt to assassinate Hitler, collaboration with the enemy, and their experience of German war crimes. In this major new work Professor Neitzel has examined these incredible transcripts in depth for the first time. His findings address important questions regarding the officers' attitudes towards the German leadership and Nazi policies: How did the German generals judge the overall war situation? From what date did they consider it lost? How did they react to the attempt on Hitler's life in July 1944? What knowledge did they have of the atrocities, either through their own experiences or based on the reports of others? Includes biographies of all the German officers who appear in the transcripts. This research is a must for any serious scholar of the period and anyone interested in exploring the truth behind the image of an 'unblemished Wehrmacht'. - Jacket cover.
Language Translated from the German.
Subject Germany. Heer -- General staff officers.
Germany. Heer -- History -- World War, 1939-1945 -- Sources.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, German.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Military intelligence -- Great Britain.
Added Author Neitzel, Sönke.
ISBN 9781844157051 (hbk.)
1844157059 (hbk.)

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