The Rise of Germany, 1939-1941: The War in the West, Volume 1


For seven decades, our understanding of World War II has been shaped by a standard narrative built on conventional wisdom, propaganda, the dramatic but narrow experiences of soldiers on the ground, and an early generation of historians. For his new history, James Holland has spent over twelve years unearthing new research, recording original testimony, and visiting battlefields and archives that have never before been so accessible. In The Rise of Germany, the first of a major new three-part history of World War II in the West, he weaves together the experiences of dozens of individuals, from civilians and infantrymen, to line officers, military strategists, diplomats, and heads of state, as well as war strategy, tactics, and the economic, political, and social aspects of the war to create a captivating book that redefines and enhances our understanding of one of the most significant conflicts in history. Beginning with the lead-up to the outbreak of war in 1939 and ending in 1941 on the eve of Operation Barbarossa, the Nazi invasion of Russia, The Rise of Germany is a masterful history of the war on land, in the air, and at sea, destined to generate significant scholarly debate and reader interest.


Update 12-10-2015 : New Pictures Added to the Website

Scherl Bilderdienst Eine einzigartige Leistung vollbrachten unsere Truppen bei der Besetzung der Insel Kreta. Am Morgen des 20. Mai landeten die ersten Fallschirmjäger und im Laufe der nächsten Tage wurden immer weitere und größere Verbände Fallschirmjäger und Luftlandetruppen nachgezogen. Der Kampf um die schwer befestigten britischen Gebirgsstellungen erforderte bei unseren Gebirgstruppen, die mit Transportmaschinen nach Kreta befördert wurden, den höchsten Einsatz. - Unser Bild zeigt Gebirgsjäger kurz vor ihrem Start nach Kreta. PK-Jesse 31.5.1941 [Herausgabedatum] Start n. Kreta. Geb.-Jäger vor dem Start nach Kreta

New Pictures have been added to the Website:

  • Movies
  • Veteran Soldats Past and Present
  • Re-Enacting and Events
  • Replica Uniforms made for Reenacting or Collecting
  • Norwegian Campaign
  • Eastern Front
  • Operation Barbarossa – Invasion of the Soviet Union
  • German Heer (Army)
  • Orders of Battle – Heer Divisions including Heavy Panzer Battalions
  • Jagdtiger
  • Hetzer
  • Hummel – Self-propelled Artillery
  • Specialized Vehicles or Odd Devices and Equipment
  • Luftwaffe Varied Plane Types
  • Deutsches Panzermuseum – German Tank Museum
  • The Tank Museum (Formerly Bovington Tank Museum) – England
  • Baugnez 44 Historical Center – Belgium
  • Luftwaffe Officers
  • Historic Figures of German History
  • Bundeswehr
  • Leopard 2 – Modern Main Battle Tank
  • Bundeswehr Vehicles
  • Fuhrer Adolf Hitler
  • Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler
  • Leading Figures of Nazi Germany
  • Third Reich War Industry

New Page has been added to the website:

  • Otto von Bismarck