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Germany - Book - Fiihrer Headquarters Wolfschanze 1940-1945 - Contemporary history in color - 2001

Lot reference 30303471

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Original - Paper - Very good condition

Type: Contemporary history in color
Country of Origin: Germany
Army Unit: Book - Fiihrer Headquarters Wolfschanze 1940-1945
Year of Manufacture: 2001
Material: Paper
Original/ Replica: Original
Condition: Very good condition
Size (Clothing/ Helmet Shell): Gewicht: 820 g
Dimensions: 30×21×1 cm
Comes with certificate of authenticity: No

‘Two days after the so-called ‘Operation Barbarossa’ (the invasion of Russia) began, Hitler and his staff moved for the first time into the Görlitz Forest headquarters located the East Prussian town of Rastenburg. The ‘Wolf’s Lair’, which at that time was still an unfinished construction site, was from then on to be become the most frequently used military headquarters by Hitler.

Whereas during times of peace in the Third Reich, Hitler's Berghof had the feel of a residence with aesthetic character, ‘Wolf’s Lair’ was characterised by the pragmatism of its closeness to the front. We experience at close hand Hitler’s generals with his military high command. Large colour photographs with an unparalleled brilliance bring to life the visits of high-ranking representatives of allied countries. We see prominent soldiers, who in their time captivated an entire generation as ‘heroes’, as simple people in front of the camera - far from the glorification of propaganda. What type of person hides behind the warlike sounding name of ‘Lion of Cherkassy’? Who can resist the charm of Walter Nowotny or not fall prey to the roguish smile of the two flying aces Walter Krupinski and Erich Hartmann? Not everyone was so photogenic, when, tired-out and sometimes unshaven, they arrived at the Wolf’s Lair directly from the front for the presentation of an award or to report, as a result of Hitler’s instructions, they had to have themselves photographed. About sixty years after the events, this immediacy has been preserved in the fascinating portrait photos. The name ‘Wolf’s Lair’ is also inextricably linked with the failed assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler on 20 July 1944. In this book, we see Hitler in the circle of his most senior officers. Which of the generals, laughing or indeed grovelling as they stand near their ‘Führer’, will shortly afterwards be involved in the plot against Hitler? And would you take the very young officer Otto Ernst Remer, as the one who suppressed this coup in Berlin?
Last but not least, it is the ‘private’ photos, which account for the charm of this book: unknown typists and telephone operators, Hitler’s secretaries ‘having a smoke’, Hitler with his German shepherds.
An expert introduction familiarises us with the construction history of ‘Wolf’s Lair’ and provides us with a glimpse of the political background of military events during these dramatic and tragic years of the war.
The three most important domains of Hitler - Berghof in Berchtesgaden, the new Reich Chancellery in Berlin and the Wolf’s Lair headquarters in Rastenburg - are documented in colour photo volumes in an unprecedented quality.’

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