Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1st ed., 1989. Xix + 497 pp., photo-ills., + maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Price-clipped d.j., o/w Nr.FINE. This book has gathered together an outstanding team of military historians to write about the characters and careers of twenty-six generals whose expertise enabled the Wehrmacht to win the early dazzling victories of 1939 - 41 and then to endure so long against such heavy odds. This book probes the central mystery of why a generation of able commanders and staff officers of the most deeply professional officer corps in the world became subservient to Hitler’s purposes and why even the best of them failed to deflect Hitler from his disastrous decisions. It provides new insights into the generals’ responses to serving such a man, from blind faith through tame obedience to opposition for the sake of the Fatherland. This book gives an important and gripping perspective on the rise and fall of the Third Reich.