Stroud, translated ed., 2005. Xviii + 350 pp., 26 photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. This book examines the careers of six key military leaders of the Third Reich and their relationships with Hitler ' Field-Marshal Erwin Rommel, the hero of North Africa ; Field-marshal Wilhelm Keitel, Wehrmacht chief of staff ; Frederich Paulus, who defied Hitler and led the remnants of Sixth Army into Russian captivity ; Field-Marshal Erich von Manstein, the architect of the defeat of France in 1940 ; Ernst Udet, selected by Hitler to build up and equip the Luftwaffe ; and Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, head of the Abwehr, the Third Reich's foreign intelligence service. Since the early 1980's the author has unearthed a wealth of new material about the leading figures of the Third Reich. He has spoken to countless contemporaries and eyewitnesses, relatives and friends of these men, and has been given access to documents that until recently had been kept under lock and key.