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Author Grier, Howard D., 1955-

Title Hitler, Dönitz, and the Baltic Sea : the Third Reich's last hope, 1944-1945 / Howard D. Grier
Published Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, [2007]
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Description 1 online resource (xxii, 287 pages): illustrations, maps
Contents Chapter 1: The Retreat: From Leningrad to Narva -- Chapter 2: The German Collapse in the Summer of 1944 -- Chapter 3: The Retreat to Courland -- Chapter 4: The Struggle for the Baltic Isles -- Chapter 5: Army Group Courland, October 1944-May 1945 -- Chapter 6: Memel, Prussia, and Pomerania -- Chapter 7: Courland, East Prussia, and West Prussia: Bastions or Bridgeheads? -- Chapter 8: The Swedish Question -- Chapter 9: The U-boat War, the Baltic Sea, and Norway -- Chapter 10: Hitler and Dönitz
Summary "The popular conception of Hitler in the final years of World War II is that of a deranged Fuhrer stubbornly demanding the defense of every foot of ground on all fronts and ordering hopeless attacks with nonexistent divisions. To imply that Hitler had a rational plan to win the war flies in the face of widely accepted interpretations, but historian Howard D. Grier argues here that Hitler did possess a strategy to regain the initiative in 1944-45 and that the Baltic theater played the key role in his plan." "In examining that strategy, Grier answers lingering questions about the Third Reich's final months and also provides evidence of its emphasis up naval affairs and of Admiral Karl Donitz's influence in shaping Hitler's grand strategy. Donitz intended to starve Britain into submission and halt the shipment of American troops and supplies to Europe with a fleet of new Type XXI U-boats. But to test the new submarines and train their crews the Nazis needed control of the Baltic Sea and possession of its ports, and to launch their U-boat offensive they needed Norway, the only suitable location that remained after the loss of France in the summer of 1944." "This work analyzes German naval strategy from 1944 to 1945 and its role in shaping the war on land in the Baltic."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-276) and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Baltic Sea Region
World War, 1939-1945 -- Germany.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1612514138 (electronic bk.)
9781612514130 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles HitlerDönitz and the Baltic Sea