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Mitcham, Samuel W.

Works: 58 works in 229 publications in 2 languages and 16,156 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Military history 
Roles: Author
Classifications: D757.55.A4, 940.541343
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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( )
12 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and held by 1,427 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
Rommel's lieutenants the men who served the Desert Fox, France, 1940 by Samuel W Mitcham( )
7 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 1,326 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."--BOOK JACKET
The rise of the Wehrmacht the German armed forces and World War II by Samuel W Mitcham( )
10 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,229 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
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 1,176 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
Panzers in winter Hitler's army and the Battle of the Bulge by Samuel W Mitcham( )
5 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,075 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
Defenders of fortress Europe the untold story of the German officers during the Allied invasion by Samuel W Mitcham( )
6 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,005 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
Blitzkrieg no longer the German Wehrmacht in battle, 1943 by Samuel W Mitcham( )
7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 864 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
Eagles of the Third Reich men of the Luftwaffe in World War II by Samuel W Mitcham( )
3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 807 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Siegfried Line the German defense of the West Wall, September-December 1944 by Samuel W Mitcham( )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 806 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Triumphant fox : Erwin Rommel and the rise of the Afrika Korps by Samuel W Mitcham( Book )
14 editions published between 1983 and 2009 in English and held by 678 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 635 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
Rommel's desert war : the life and death of the Afrika Korps by Samuel W Mitcham( Book )
9 editions published between 1981 and 2007 in English and held by 613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Desert Fox in Normandy : Rommel's defense of Fortress Europe by Samuel W Mitcham( Book )
9 editions published between 1997 and 2001 in English and held by 597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mitcham uses a number of little-known primary sources which contradict previously published accounts of Rommel, his officers, and the last days of the Third Reich. These sources provide amazing insight into the invasion of Normandy from the German perspective. They include German personnel records, unpublished papers, and the manuscripts of top German officers like General of Panzer Troops Baron Leo Geyr von Schweppenburg, the commander of Panzer Group West. The Desert Fox in Normandy also contains a thorough examination of the virtually ignored battles of the Luftwaffe in France in 1944
Rommel's last battle : the Desert Fox and the Normandy campaign by Samuel W Mitcham( Book )
6 editions published between 1983 and 1991 in English and held by 576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Hitler's legions : the German army order of battle, World War II by Samuel W Mitcham( Book )
10 editions published between 1984 and 1987 in English and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
En oversigt over den tyske hærs organisation på divisionsniveau under 2. Verdenskrig samt organisation af højere hovedkvarterer, Wehrkreise o.lign
Men of the Luftwaffe by Samuel W Mitcham( Book )
9 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in English and Japanese and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Hitler's field marshals and their battles by Samuel W Mitcham( Book )
16 editions published between 1987 and 2001 in English and held by 335 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
Crumbling empire : the German defeat in the East, 1944 by Samuel W Mitcham( Book )
5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The battle of Sicily by Samuel W Mitcham( Book )
2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Hitler's commanders : officers of the Wehrmacht, the Luftwaffe, the Kriegsmarine, and the Waffen-SS by Samuel W Mitcham( Book )
7 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 284 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
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Alternative Names
Mitčem, Sėmjuėlʹ U. 1949-
Mitcham, Samuel.
Mitcham, Samuel W. (jr).
Mitcham, Samuel W. Jr. 1949-
ミッチャム, S. W
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Japanese (4)