Violence in Defeat: The Wehrmacht and Late-War Society in East Prussia, 1944-1945

TitleViolence in Defeat: The Wehrmacht and Late-War Society in East Prussia, 1944-1945
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsWillems, Bastiaan
DegreePhD
Number of Pages235
Date Published2017/11/27
UniversityUniversity of Edinburgh
CityEdinburgh
Abstract

During the battles for East Prussia in the final year of the Second World War, the ruthless conduct of German troops resulted in vast material and personal damage. By focusing on the besieged ‘Festung Königsberg’ in the spring of 1945, this dissertation argues that the violence that transpired in Germany in 1945 can only be understood by devoting sustained attention to local actors and factors. By combining social history and military history approaches, the research restores agency to the German army, the Wehrmacht, as an active participant in the radicalisation of the German home front. This case study demonstrates that due to the fragmentation of Germany, the decisions and orders of Wehrmacht commanders had a disproportionately large impact at a local level.

URLhttps://era.ed.ac.uk/handle/1842/25939
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