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Author Neitzel, Sönke.
Uniform Title Soldaten. English
Title Soldaten : on fighting, killing, and dying : the secret World War II transcripts of German POWs / Sönke Neitzel and Harald Welzer ; translated from the German by Jefferson Chase.
Published New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
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 Floor2  D810.S7 N37313 2012    IN LIBRARY
Description x, 437 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [397]-412) and index.
Contents What the soldiers discussed -- The soldiers' world -- Fighting, killing, and dying -- Frame of reference: annihilation -- Sex -- Technology -- Faith in victory -- Ideology -- Success -- Frame of reference: war -- How national socialist was the Wehrmacht's war? -- War as work -- Appendix: The surveillance protocols.
Summary Though initially recorded by British intelligence with the intention of gaining information that might be useful for the Allied war effort, the matters discussed in these conversations ultimately proved to be limited in that regard. But they would supply a unique and profoundly important window into the mentality of the soldiers in the Wehrmacht, the Luftwaffe, the German navy, and the military in general, almost all of whom had insisted on their own honorable behavior during the war. It is a myth these transcripts unequivocally debunk.
Language Translation of: Soldaten: Protokolle vom Kämpfen, Töten und Sterben. Frankfurt am Main : Fischer Verlag, 2011.
Subject World War, 1939-1945 -- Military intelligence -- Great Britain.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, British.
Prisoners of war -- Germany -- Attitudes -- Sources.
Prisoners of war -- Great Britain -- Attitudes -- Sources.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Anecdotes.
Eavesdropping -- Great Britain.
Soldiers -- Germany -- Attitudes -- Sources.
Germany -- Armed Forces -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
Related Names Welzer, Harald.
ISBN 0307958124
OCLC number 772138046