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Mitcham, Samuel W.

Overview
Works: 53 works in 305 publications in 2 languages and 17,965 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Military history 
Roles: Author
Classifications: D756.5.N6, 940.5421
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Most widely held works by Samuel W Mitcham
Retreat to the Reich : the German defeat in France, 1944 by Samuel W Mitcham( )

17 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and held by 1,603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Covers the battles on the Western Front from the collapse of the Normandy line in France in the summer of 1944 until the Germans were able to bring the Allied juggernaut to a halt on the borders of the Reich itself
Defenders of fortress Europe : the untold story of the German officers during the Allied invasion by Samuel W Mitcham( )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1944 bore witness to the fifth year of World War II. As the Wehrmacht retreated, Germans still had hope. If the men of the Western Front could repulse the great invasion, dozens of units including panzer divisions, SS regiments, and paratrooper formations would arrive to thwart the Red advance. Everything depended on the Western Front's warlords. Defenders of Fortress Europe introduces men who had once believed they would conquer the world. By 1944, they were trying to throw the Allies back into the sea or just check them before they could reach Germany. The Fatherland's defense was in the hands of Nazis, non-Nazis, and anti-Nazis; professional soldiers and professional troublemakers; heroes, murderers, and war criminals; the efficient geniuses and the incompetent; famous, infamous, and the unknown; soldiers, sailors, SS men, and air force officers - all men who fought out of fanaticism, courage, personal ambition, a sense of honor, duty, love of country, misplaced patriotism, or habit--Publisher's description
Rommel's lieutenants : the men who served the Desert Fox, France, 1940 by Samuel W Mitcham( )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 1,204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Perhaps the most famous soldier to fight in World War II was Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, who achieved immortality as the "Desert Fox." He is also one of the most admired. Rommel's first field command during the war was the 7th Panzer Division - also known as the Ghost Division - which he led in France in 1940. During this campaign, the 7th Panzer suffered more casualties than any other division in the German Army, at the same time inflicting a disproportionate number of casualties upon the enemy. It took 97,486 prisoners, captured 458 tanks and armored vehicles, 277 field guns, 64 anti-tank guns and 4,000 to 5,000 trucks, and destroyed dozens of others in each category. It captured or destroyed hundreds of tons of other military equipment, shot down 52 aircraft, destroyed 15 more on the ground, and captured 12 others. It destroyed the French 1st Armored Division and the 4th North African Division, punched through the Maginot Line extension near Sivry, and checked the largest Allied counteroffensive of the campaign at Arras. When France surrendered, the Ghost Division was within 200 miles of the Spanish border. No doubt about it - Rommel had proven himself a great military leader who was capable of greater things. His next command, in fact, would be the Afrika Korps, where the legend of the Desert Fox was born." "Rommel had a great deal of help in France - much more than his published papers suggest. His staff officers and company, battalion, and regimental commanders were an extremely capable collection of military leaders that included 12 future generals (two of them SS), and two colonels who briefly commanded panzer divisions but never reached general rank. They also included Karl Hanke, a Nazi gauleiter who later succeeded Heinrich Himmler as the last Reichsfuehrer-SS." "No historian has ever before recognized the talented cast of characters who supported the Desert Fox in 1940. No one has ever attempted to tell their stories. This book remedies that oversight."--Jacket
Blitzkrieg no longer : the German Wehrmacht in battle, 1943 by Samuel W Mitcham( )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2019 in English and held by 1,111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"After a crushing loss at Stalingrad, the German war machine regrouped in early 1943 to stave off total defeat, but it could not stem the rising Allied tide. In the Mediterranean, Rommel's early successes in Africa were erased by the surrender of Tunisia, and German forces barely escaped Sicily before the Allies seized the island. On the Eastern Front, Soviet T-34s beat German armour in the massive tank battle at Kursk. At sea, the Allies countered the U-boat threat, and in the air, Allied forces dominated the Luftwaffe and took the war to the German home front."--Publisher's description
The Siegfried Line : the German defense of the West Wall, September-December 1944 by Samuel W Mitcham( )

7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,080 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The battles for the Germans' last line of defense in World War II, including Arnhem, Aachen, the Huertgen Forest, and Metz. How German commanders made decisions under fire
The rise of the Wehrmacht : the German armed forces and World War II by Samuel W Mitcham( )

17 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,079 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Rise of the Wehrmacht is the first comprehensive work to deal with the German war effort in World War II from this point of view. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that it covers the entire war effort from the point of view of the German military that actually conducted and fought the war, something that has never been done before on this scale. Excellent books have been written about the German Army, Navy, the Luftwaffe, and the SS, as well as about the Panzer branch, the parachute arm, the U-Boat forces, etc., but this is the first to cover them all in depth. Mitcham also covers the German Wehrkreise (roughly translated as military district) system in depth and recognizes its importance, both in the formation and expansion of the German Army before the war and in its continuing importance throughout the conflict. He deals with the German rearmament in greater depth and detail than has been done before, points out the importance of the police in the development of Germany's reserves before and during World War II, and offers new insights into the evolution and development of the German military doctrine of Kesselschlact (the decisive battle of encirclement and annihilation). In addition, The Rise of the Wehrmacht explains the problems the Wehrmacht faced because of its too rapid expansion. This expansion was far more rapid than the German generals intended and resulted in many problems, especially in terms of equipment shortages and a shortage of qualified officers. Finally, Mitcham addresses the contributions of the Hitler Youth to the war effort, where their work on farms, fire and rescue crews, in nursing, and as postal workers, for example, provided essential services to German infrastructure."--Publisher's description
Eagles of the Third Reich : men of the Luftwaffe in World War II by Samuel W Mitcham( )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,071 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rommel's desert commanders : the men who served the Desert Fox, North Africa, 1941-1942 by Samuel W Mitcham( )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,003 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at the men who supported Rommel's campaigns, detailing where they came from and outlining their contributions to Rommel's efforts
Hitler's commanders : officers of the Wehrmacht, the Luftwaffe, the Kriegsmarine, and the Waffen-SS by Samuel W Mitcham( )

7 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 975 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Despite huge odds against them, Hitler's commanders--the elite of the Wehrmacht--almost succeeded in conquering Europe. Now in an expanded edition that includes biographies of the generals of Stalingrad and a new chapter on the panzer commanders, this book offers rare insight into the men who ran Nazi Germany's war machine. Going beyond common stereotypes, Samuel W. Mitcham and Gene Mueller recount the compelling lives of a varied group of army, navy, Luftwaffe, and SS men, including their early life, their military exploits during the war, and their post-war career, if any. Weaving in dramatic stories of tank commanders, fighter pilots in aerial combat, and U-Boat aces, the authors bring the battlefields of World War II to life
Panzers in winter : Hitler's army and the Battle of the Bulge by Samuel W Mitcham( )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 922 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Draws on unpublished German reports and manuscripts to recount the events surrounding the Battle of the Bulge and the Ardennes Offensive from the German point of view
Triumphant fox : Erwin Rommel and the rise of the Afrika Korps by Samuel W Mitcham( Book )

20 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rommel's desert war : the life and death of the Afrika Korps by Samuel W Mitcham( Book )

11 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in English and held by 652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why Hitler? : the genesis of the Nazi Reich by Samuel W Mitcham( Book )

5 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 611 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Great Depression, during which nearly a quarter of the German work force was unemployed; the political and economic instability of the times, in which the Nazis thrived; and the evil genius of Adolf Hitler, master politician. Why Hitler? transports the reader back to the Germany of the 1920s and 1930s, to a time when a country and a civilization began its apocalyptic descent
The Desert Fox in Normandy : Rommel's defense of Fortress Europe by Samuel W Mitcham( Book )

8 editions published between 1997 and 2001 in English and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rommel, a master of mobile warfare, developed a cunning defense strategy for Normandy and fought a brilliant campaign despite the tremendous odds against him - and the fact that he wasn't even there. Although his absence on D-Day significantly weakened the German reaction to the Allied landings, his preparations for the impending invasion temporarily halted, but could not repulse, the Allies and their ultimate victory
Rommel's last battle : the Desert Fox and the Normandy campaign by Samuel W Mitcham( Book )

9 editions published between 1983 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Men of the Luftwaffe by Samuel W Mitcham( Book )

12 editions published between 1988 and 2010 in English and Japanese and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Luftwaffe began World War II as a deadly efficient part of the German blitzkrieg in 1939-40 with its Stuka dive bombers and Messerschmitt fighters unleashing terror across Europe. But its superiority would not last long. Fuel shortages, a numerically superior enemy, and mismanagement by its leaders, left the German air force increasingly unable to mount offensive campaigns or even protect its homeland from Allied bombings. The story of the German air force is best told by examining those leaders
Hitler's legions : the German army order of battle, World War II by Samuel W Mitcham( Book )

11 editions published between 1984 and 1987 in English and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

En oversigt over den tyske hærs organisation på divisionsniveau under 2. Verdenskrig samt organisation af højere hovedkvarterer, Wehrkreise o.lign
The men of Barbarossa : commanders of the German invasion of Russia, 1941 by Samuel W Mitcham( )

6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book not only tells the story of Operation Barbarossa but describes the expertise, skills, and decision-making powers of the men who directed it. The result is an illuminating look at the personalities behind the carnage, as summer triumph turned to winter crisis, including new insights into the invasion's many tactical successes, as well as its ultimate failure."--Amazon
The battle of Sicily by Samuel W Mitcham( Book )

7 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Battle of Sicily is the story of Germany's "Dunkirk"--A successful evacuation that allowed 40,000 troops to escape to Italy, where they later fought the Allies to a bloody stalemate. The authors recount the campaign from the Axis strategy point of view--something no English-language book has ever done--and argue persuasively that the Allies wasted a chance for a total victory that might have foreshortened the war
Hitler's field marshals and their battles by Samuel W Mitcham( Book )

20 editions published between 1987 and 2001 in English and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hitler's feltmarskaller - og deres mest berømte slag og kampe. Beskriver følgende feltmarskaller: Werner von Blomberg. Walter von Brauchitsch. Ewald von Kleist. Walter von Reichenau. Ritter Wilhelm von Leeb. Fedor von Bock. Wilhelm Keitel. Erwin Rommel. Siegmund Wilhelm List. Baron Maximilian von Weichs. Friedrich Paulus. Erich von Manstein. Georg von Kuechler. Ernst Busch. Gerd von Rundstedt. Guenther von Kluge. Walter Model. Erwin von Witzleben. Fredinand Schoerner. Desuden et kort afsnit om de 6 Luftwaffe feltmarskaller: Hermann Göring, Erhard Milch, Albert Kesselring, Hugo Sperrle, Baron Wolfram von Richthofen, Ritter Robert von Greim
 
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Why Hitler? : the genesis of the Nazi Reich
Covers
Defenders of fortress Europe : the untold story of the German officers during the Allied invasionRommel's lieutenants : the men who served the Desert Fox, France, 1940Blitzkrieg no longer : the German Wehrmacht in battle, 1943The Siegfried Line : the German defense of the West Wall, September-December 1944The rise of the Wehrmacht : the German armed forces and World War IIEagles of the Third Reich : men of the Luftwaffe in World War IIRommel's desert commanders : the men who served the Desert Fox, North Africa, 1941-1942Panzers in winter : Hitler's army and the Battle of the Bulge
Alternative Names
Mitčem, Sėmjuėlʹ U. 1949-

Mitcham, Samuel.

Mitcham, Samuel W. (jr).

Mitcham, Samuel W. Jr. 1949-

Samuel W. Mitcham Amerikaans officier

ミッチャム, S. W

塞繆爾·米切姆

Languages
English (196)

Japanese (4)