By Gerhard L. Weinberg
Extensively hailed as a masterpiece, this can be the 1st background of global warfare II to supply a very international account of the struggle that encompassed six continents. beginning with the adjustments that restructured Europe and her colonies following the 1st global conflict, Gerhard Weinberg sheds new mild on each element of global struggle II. activities of the Axis, the Allies, and the Neutrals are coated in each theater of the conflict. extra importantly, the worldwide nature of the warfare is tested, with new insights into how occasions in a single nook of the realm helped impact occasions in different far away elements. In a brand new variation, with a brand new preface, a global at hands continues to be a vintage of world historical past.
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1072 (hereafter cited as “Toland”). 24. Harrison, p. 241. 25. Bryan Perrett, Knights of the Black Cross (New York: 1986), p. 196. 26. Friedrich Ruge, Rommel in Normandy, Ursula R. Moessner, trans. : 1979), p. 60 (hereafter cited as “Ruge, Rommel”). 27. Erich Marcks was born in Berlin in 1891, the son of a university professor and a prominent Bismarck scholar. Young Marcks entered the army as a Fahnenjunker (ofﬁcer-cadet) in the artillery in 1910. He was severely wounded in the face during World War I and bore the scars the rest of his life.
He was commander of Naval Security Forces, West, in 1941, and in 1943, he headed a special naval staff in Tunisia. In May 1943, he became commander of German Naval Forces, Italy, and in November 1943, he was assigned to Army Group B as naval adviser, largely because of his friendship with Rommel’s then–chief of staff, Lieutenant General Alfred Gause. In August 1944, Ruge would be reassigned to German naval headquarters and was chief of the Ofﬁce of Naval Construction in November 1944 until the end of the war.
Young Marcks entered the army as a Fahnenjunker (ofﬁcer-cadet) in the artillery in 1910. He was severely wounded in the face during World War I and bore the scars the rest of his life. His nose was particularly disﬁgured. Upon recovery, Marcks became a staff ofﬁcer and joined the General Staff in 1917. After the war, he served in the Freikorps and later worked in the Defence Ministry for General Kurt von Schleicher. Later, when Schleicher was chancellor (1932–33), Marcks was his press secretary.