Academic journal article Military Review

Blood and Steel 2: The Wehrmacht Archive: Retreat to the Reich, September to December 1944

Academic journal article Military Review

Blood and Steel 2: The Wehrmacht Archive: Retreat to the Reich, September to December 1944

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BLOOD AND STEEL 2: The Wehrmacht Archive: Retreat to the Reich, September to December 1944

Donald E. Graves, Frontline Books, London, 2015, 202 pages

Blood and Steel 2, the second book in a series (the first covers the Normandy campaign), is a collection of annotated documents from the German archives and Allied intelligence files. Canadian military historian Donald Graves naturally focuses on the German forces opposing the First Canadian Army--making the title somewhat of a misnomer as the Germans fighting the Canadians actually retreated into the Netherlands. However, the documents selected are broad enough to provide a good overview of the general German situation in the west and at home in the fall of 1944, making this a valuable addition to any library on the Wehrmacht in World War II.

The documents are thematically organized, including looks at German morale, the individual soldier and POW experience, and organization and German assessments of Allied troops. The latter discussion focuses on the German impression of the American soldier. Documents chosen include orders, intelligence estimates, diary entries, and Allied POW interrogations. The documents are all from the 1944 period and thus rely on information gleaned from contemporary sources and do not depend on postwar research or analysis. Graves' somewhat limited annotations are useful, although they supply minimal analysis of the presented documents.

The most interesting documents for Military Review readers are those related to the German impression of the U.S. Army. To some extent these are contradictory, a point generally ignored by Graves. …

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