Academic journal article Military Review

AT HITLER'S SIDE: The Memoirs of Hitler's Luftwaffe Adjutant, 1937-1945

Academic journal article Military Review

AT HITLER'S SIDE: The Memoirs of Hitler's Luftwaffe Adjutant, 1937-1945

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AT HITLER'S SIDE: The Memoirs of Hitler's Luftwaffe Adjutant, 19371945, Nicolaus von Below, translated by Geoffrey Brooks, Stackpole Books, Mcchanicsburg, PA, (1980) 2001, 256 pages, $29.95.

Three decades after the end of the World War II, Nicolaus von Below recounted his professional career as German Frueher Adolf Hitler's Luftwaffe Aide from 1937 to 1945. A Hitler s Side: The Memoirs of Hitler s Luftwaffe Adjutant, 1937-1945, originally published in 1980, is here translated into English for the first time. Although most of Von Below's original notes and diaries were destroyed at the end of the war, his recollections are fascinating and interesting to study.

At the time of his original writing, Von Below maintained a high regard for Hitler. While not entirely apologetic for Hitler's actions, he definitely focused his thoughts and recollections on Hitler's less problematic aspects. Initially, Von Below emphasizes Hitler's "sharp logic and extraordinary fine feel for military situations" and his desire to maintain peace. According to Von Below's account, Britain drove Europe to conflict in the immediate prewar years, countering or invalidating Hitler's initiatives to prevent a European conflagration. …

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