Hitler's Fatal Miscalculation
Author(s): Klaus H. Schmider
Publication Date: 28-01-2021
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Hitler's decision to declare war on the United States has baffled generations of historians. In this revisionist new history of those fateful months, Klaus H. Schmider seeks to uncover the chain of events which would incite the German leader to declare war on the United States in December 1941. He provides new insights not just on the problems afflicting German strategy, foreign policy and war production but, crucially, how they were perceived at the time at the top levels of the Third Reich. Schmider sees the declaration of war on the United States not as an admission of defeat or a gesture of solidarity with Japan, but as an opportunistic gamble by the German leader. This move may have appeared an excellent bet at the time, but would ultimately doom the Third Reich.
- Provides the first in-depth study of the German-American road to war in 1941
- Uncovers the frames of reference Hitler would have been working with in the months before the declaration of war on the US
- Based on in-depth archival research, including a wide-range of German and Japanese primary sources