UNDER HIMMLER'S COMMAND The Personal Recollections of Oberst Hans-Georg Eismann, Operations Officer, Army Group Vistula, Eastern Front 1945 (Helion WWII German Military Studies vol 2)
Under Himmler’s Command addresses two areas of WWII hitherto neglected – Heinrich Himmler as a military commander, and the German staff officer corps during the last months of the war on the Eastern Front. The author, Hans-Georg Eismann, was the Operations Officer for Heeresgruppe ‘Weichsel’ (Army Group Vistula), a German formation created in late January 1945 to which Heinrich Himmler was appointed as commander. Eismann’s memoir of this period has remained unpublished for over fifty years, and its wider circulation is long overdue.
Full of fascinating detail he recounts the disturbing and sometimes bizarre atmosphere that pervaded the German high command in the East during the final months of the war. Much light is thereby thrown on Himmler the military commander, and on the final climactic battles fought on the Eastern Front during 1945. Apart from Himmler, Eismann also had the opportunity to witness many of the other top men in the Third Reich, and wrote vivid and fascinating pen-portraits of personalities such as Göring,
and Hitler, both of whom the author met in person as the war drew to a close, as well as detailed accounts of what it was like to work alongside officers such as Generaloberst Gotthard Heinrici and General der Panzertruppe Walther Wenck.
This is the second volume in an ongoing series of books presenting historically important material relating to the WWII German Armed Forces.
"Aside from being a very detailed chronology of the entire, largely unknown history of Army Group Vistula, this stellar work provides unequalled thumbnail portraits of Hitler, Göring, Himmler, Dönitz, Heinrici and many others as well. Once I started to read it, I hated to put it down ... Thus, this book fills in a hole that has existed in our knowledge for years. There may be other books surfacing on this period in coming years, but I doubt they'll be better than this one. In summation, if you read but one book on the era this year, make it this one!" The Military Advisor Spring 2010.
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