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The German War Machine in World War II: An Encyclopedia

ABC-CLIO. 2019. 420p. ed. by ed. by David T. Zabecki. ISBN 9781440869174. $97. REF
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Retired U.S. army major general Zabecki has edited a concise source of information on all aspects of the German military in World War II. The book tackles battles, military leaders and divisions, and equipment such as artillery, weaponry, aircraft, and warships. Useful battle maps and photos of German military officers and leaders are scattered throughout. The introduction provides an overview of German military strength at the start of World War II and its decline at the end. Some of the primary source documents include military agreements, intelligence reports, and the German Surrender agreement. The six appendixes focus on German military officer ranks and military medals and decorations. A chronology of the Wehrmacht traces its origins to the end of World War I. In addition to the references cited at the end of each entry, there is a valuable selected bibliography.
VERDICT Of interest to high school and college students in addition to anyone with a research interest in German military history.

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