Ben H. Shepherd is reader in history, Glasgow Caledonian University. He lives in Glasgow, UK.
Highly readable and with great narrative scope, this is an excellent starting-point for anyone who wishes to have a broad overview of WWII from the German military point of view. Robert Carver, Military History Monthly--Robert Carver Military History Month (11/01/2016) Excellent. . . he uses the letters of individual soldiers to great effect. . . an admirable study. Nicholas Stargardt, The Wall Street Journal--Nicholas Stargardt Wall Street Journal Shepherd has written a comprehensive history of the 20th century s most formidable fighting machine. It is also an unanswerable moral indictment of the moral cowardice and arrogance of an officer crops who sold their souls to Hitler and allowed him to lead them and their beloved country into the abyss. Nigel Jones, BBC History--Nigel Jones BBC History Magazine (08/01/2016) An engaging investigation of the German army s complex relationship with the Third Reich. The author, the Glasgow academic Ben Shepherd, does a sterling job of boiling down the 12 years of Nazi Germany to produce an accessible account of the Faustian pact entered into by German generals Roger Moorhouse, The Times--Roger Moorhouse The Times (06/18/2016)