Hitler's Pre-War Policy and Military Plans, 1933-1939

Hitler's Pre-War Policy and Military Plans, 1933-1939

Hitler's Pre-War Policy and Military Plans, 1933-1939

Hitler's Pre-War Policy and Military Plans, 1933-1939

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The genesis of this study is a monograph completed in the Cabinet Office Historical Section in 1955. It was based principally on official German documents, the majority of which had not then been published. As explained in the Note on Sources, which precedes the Bibliography, references to any still unpublished material cannot be given in the text. Work on this study has been continued since then at Trinity College, Dublin, later at the Institut für Zeitgeschichte, Munich, and at the University of Edinburgh.

I owe a great debt to Professor Norman Gibbs of All Souls College, Oxford, for permitting me to read a draft of the early chapters of his forthcoming volume on Grand Strategy, 1933 to September 1939, in the official military histories of the Second World War, as well as monographs prepared for him by Miss E. Streatfield. My thanks are also due to Sir James Butler, the Editor of the military histories, to the late Mr. A. B. Acheson, Mr. B. Melland, Dr. G. W. S. Friedrichsen in Washington, Mr. A. Sefi and Mr. W. Todhunter, all of the Cabinet Office, for the pains they have taken to help me in various ways; to the Honourable Margaret Lambert and Mr. K. H. M. Duke, respectively British Editor-in-Chief and Joint Editor of Documents on German Foreign Policy, to Mr. R. Wheatley, now U.K. Editor-in-Chief of Documents on German Foreign Policy (German edition), to Miss A. C. Johnston, formerly of the Foreign Office Library, to Commander M. G. Saunders, R. N. and Mr. A. J. Lawson of the Admiralty, all of whom have given me great assistance with the German Foreign Ministry, Military and Naval Archives in Great Britain and the United States.

In the later phases of the work the library staffs both at Trinity College, Dublin, and the Institut für Zeitgeschichte have offered me every facility. My thanks are also due to the late Professor Sir Charles Webster, Professor Robert Waite of Williams College, U.S.A., Professor Geoffrey Barraclough of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, and Mr. John Ehrman for reading an earlier draft and encouraging me to persevere. Finally, I am greatly . . .

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