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#1 10 years ago

So I'm currently crafting a proposal next semester for an independent study program about the German military in World War II. And I'm wondering if any of the experts here have some good book suggestions. Think of it this way: If you were teaching a college class titled "The German Military in World War II", what would you assign?

The topics I plan on covering in this study:

1. What was the real effect of strategic bombing on German industry? 2. Could the German military have defeated Russia? 3. Was the German panzer arm superior to all others? 4. Was the German infantry arm superior to all others? 5. What was the role of the Waffen-SS and was the entire organization criminal? 6. How much did German wartime technology change warfare?

So far I don't have any hard and set books for my proposal, however I am strongly considering Albert Speer's Inside the Third Reich for question 1 (multiple suggestions per question are encouraged).




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#2 10 years ago

'[WDWMegaraptor;4559628']So I'm currently crafting a proposal next semester for an independent study program about the German military in World War II. And I'm wondering if any of the experts here have some good book suggestions. Think of it this way: If you were teaching a college class titled "The German Military in World War II", what would you assign?

The topics I plan on covering in this study:

1. What was the real effect of strategic bombing on German industry? 2. Could the German military have defeated Russia? 3. Was the German panzer arm superior to all others? 4. Was the German infantry arm superior to all others? 5. What was the role of the Waffen-SS and was the entire organization criminal? 6. How much did German wartime technology change warfare?

So far I don't have any hard and set books for my proposal, however I am strongly considering Albert Speer's Inside the Third Reich for question 1 (multiple suggestions per question are encouraged).

1. In Cornelius Ryan's The Last Battle, he states that most Berliners could still go to work in the factories. 2. Komrad_B did a paper on this. If you want, him MSN can be provided.

For the rest of these: http://forum.axishistory.com/

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#3 10 years ago

My favorite peace of literature talking about World War Two is "Knights Cross: A Life of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel", excellent book on Erwin Rommel.




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#4 10 years ago

1. What was the real effect of strategic bombing on German industry?

Production numbers went up despite the bombing, and only went down when the germans lost Rumania and her oil wells. All in all, strategic bombing had no effect on production.

2. Could the German military have defeated Russia?

They could have fought to a bloody draw, imo, if Hitler hadn't been off trying to command the germany army.

3. Was the German panzer arm superior to all others?

In training and tactics, yes. In tanks, only in the late war, and only with the Panzer 4 and Panther, and tank destoryers, the Tiger being too slow and hard to build.

4. Was the German infantry arm superior to all others?

Yes, tactically and firepower wise, the average german rifle squad was far superior to the average rifle squad of any other nation. The lack of semi auto rifles was more then made of by tactical doctrine that focused on firepower, not individual riflemanship.

5. What was the role of the Waffen-SS and was the entire organization criminal?

The Waffen SS were a mixed bag. Most of the divisions were in reality, far from elite, and only a few can be deemed as warcrime free (9th and 10th, and the Deutschland regiment of the 2nd SS). For the most part, SS divisions were made of forign volunteers who were the dredges of society, and who committed many violent acts, or they were the leading nazis of germany. Only by the late war did this stem, as more and more SS were simply germans who were unlucky enough to get the SS draft ticket instead of the Wehrmacht ticket.

6. How much did German wartime technology change warfare?

Infantry doctrine set down standerds that are still used today. Same goes for tank and airplanes, and arty. However, to say this happened in WW2 is a misnomer. Almost all infantry and arty doctrine used in WW2 dated to around 1915, and had merely been adapted to the new role of tanks.

Sorry this is so brief, but there is so much to cover, and school provides me with so little time. If you wish to discuss more with me though, feel free to pm and I'll try and get back to you, or contact me on msn/aim.




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#5 10 years ago

Thanks Mudra...I might not have made it clear but I'm looking for books and articles which address these questions.

I then take the list of books and articles to the chair of the Peace, War & Defense department here at the University of North Carolina and he gives me feedback and ultimately decides whether or not to approve my independent study...




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#6 10 years ago

Tigers in the mud by otto carius can give you a good idea of the fight on the eastern front tank wise.but its a good long read for only one of your points




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#7 10 years ago

This might help with your first question: United States Strategic Bombing Survey: Summary Report (European War)

Maybe you will find similar articles for the other topics as well on that site.




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#8 10 years ago

I think I read somewhere that the allies could have done much worse damage by bombing power plants that produced the electricity for the factories.




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Von Mudra;4559832 For the most part, SS divisions were made of forign volunteers who were the dredges of society, and who committed many violent acts, or they were the leading nazis of germany.

Wow, check your sources! Dregdes of society, im wondering where on hell you got that from! Here in Norway, where i live, most people who volunteered for the Waffen SS did it for the following reasons: -Anti communism(1): 60% -Increased Norwegian freedom under german rule(2): 27% -Sympathy for Finland(3): 24% -Environment influence(4): 9% -Sympathy for Germany(5): 8% -Regaining combat honor(6): 7% -Idealism(7): 4% -Wish of a united Europe(8): 3% -Obligation to partake(9): 2% -Adventure(10): 1%

1: Anti-communism was not a workers movement, it was rather the opposite. Here were i live the "Norges Nasjonalsosialistiske Parti" got almost 10% of all the votes. Why? Because there are plenty of big farms, and people did not want communism to come in here and redistribute land.

2: Alot of people felt that if Norway showed the will to fight and showed we were good fighters, the germans would ease up on their control of Norwegian politics and such.

3: Finland had been attacked by the Sovjet union and lost the winter war, and they felt Finland needed its territory back and some as repayment for the war.

4: Sons of Nazi's and other facists who felt forced by parents, other family and the enviroment around them.

5: Sympathy for Germanys fight against communism/bolsjeviks.

6: Regaining Norwegian combat honor lost under Operation Weserübung, where a lot of Norwegians felt betrayed by the government for not supporting the military pre 1940. So Norways military was fail byt the time of the invasion. Also they hoped that former Frontkjempere would form form the core of the new Norwegian national army. (As The Norwegian Legion was said to be but never became).

7: Idealism, do you need an eplanation for that one?

8: One europe united under germany.

9: Self explanatory

10: Self explanatory Source: "Norske frontkjempere 1941-45. 50 år senere", Tidsskrift for Norsk Lægeforening nr. 11 1995, s. 1381.

Also, Egil Ulateig and Svein Blindheim have both done huge reaserches into this, and they both say:

-30% of the Norwegian Waffen-SS soldiers had military education before joining the Waffen-SS. -30% of the Norwegian Waffen-SS soldiers had taken exam artium -12% of the Norwegian Waffen-SS soldiers had volunteered for Finnish service during the winter war -That these employments were represented among the Norwegian Waffen-SS soldiers:

Students: 17% Schoolstudents: 14% Farmers: 18% Officers and Officercadets: 13% Industry workers: 18% Other employments: 32% Of those like 5% were unempleyed. - The the average Norwegian Waffen-SS soldiers came from the upper middle class.

THe source for all this is here: Frontkjempere: Nordmenn i Waffen-SS 1941-45 / Norwegians in the Waffen-SS 1941-45




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#10 10 years ago

Same was true for Flemish Waffen SS troops, fight communism and hoping germans would give them their independance from belgium in return.