Book review: The Rise of the Third Reich

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08 August 2019
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While you might be expecting a history of the NSDAP in 1930s Germany, this is actually the story of Europe falling under the Nazi jackboot from 1939-1941, mainly with the fall of France.

Author: Robert Lyman

Reviewed by: Duncan Evans

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While you might be expecting a history of the NSDAP in 1930s Germany, this is actually the story of Europe falling under the Nazi jackboot from 1939-1941, mainly with the fall of France. It is told from the experiences of Americans in Britain and Europe. who were at liberty to roam around Europe, reporting back, until Pearl Harbour dragged the US into the war.

The thrilling part is the fall of France though, with the story of the disintegration of French armed forces, watched in horror and bemusement by the public.

 

There was no mercy for civilians here, as the Luftwaffe strafed everything on the roads that was moving, killing indiscriminately. At the end, the story turns to how American industry supported Britain in her darkest hours, how the British would not give up and, if necessary, would go down fighting. It’s a fantastic book, with a real human aspect to it.

 

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• Amberley Books

 

• ISBN 978-1-4456-8726-1

 

• 314 pages • Hardback • £20

 

As reviewed in The Armourer August 2019

 

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