The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
A History of Nazi GermanyBook - 1990
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“’Half of my nervous exhaustion is due to you. It is not worth it to go on. We need a National Socialist ardor now, not professional ability. I cannot expect this of an officer of the old school such as you.’” -- Hitler to General Halder (p. 201)
“’pathological over-estimation of his own strength and criminal underestimation of the enemy’s’” --General Halder writing about Hitler (p. 201)
“Hitler’s decisions had ceased to have anything in common with the principles of strategy and operations as they have been recognized for generations past. They were the product of a violent nature following its momentary impulses, which recognized no limits to possibility and which made its wish-dreams the father of its acts …” –from General Halder’s diary (p. 201)
“’The continual underestimation of enemy possibilities,’ Halder noted sadly in his diary that evening, ‘takes on grotesque forms and is becoming dangerous. Serious work has become impossible here. Pathological reaction to momentary impressions and a complete lack of capacity to assess the situation and its possibilities give this so-called ‘leadership’ a most peculiar character.’” --General Franz Halder, one of Hitler's generals during WWII (p. 201)
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