Rep., 2012. Xii + 261 pp., photo-plates + 6 maps. D.j., 24 x 15cm. FINE. This is a discerning collection of essays documenting six of the key Second World War conflicts where the decisions of Hitler contributed to his eventual downfall. Had he paid heed to his highly competent commanders, the outcome of the war would have been very different. Each theatre of operations is written up by a former German military general who was integral in carrying out the uncompromising orders of the Fuhrer at the time : Werner Kreipe, Gunther Blumentritt, Fritz Bayerlein, Kurt Zeitzler, Bodo Zimmerman and Hasso von Manteuffel. Originally published in 1956, the accounts cover the pivotal turning points of the war from the battles of Britain, Moscow and Alamein to the battles of Stalingrad, the Ardennes (Bulge) and the Normandy invasion.