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Storming the Eagle's Nest Hitler's War in The Alps by Jim Ring
  

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An account that puts the Alpine region at the heart of World War II, taking in Hitler’s mountain retreat, concentration camps, partisans, territorial disputes, combat and refugees. To say nothing of the country at the centre of this web, Switzerland, the home of Nazi Gold. Rearranging our geographical perceptions in this way provides another new way of viewing the war, Jim Ring writes with authority and conviction, taking us away from the Dunkirk beaches and the march on Berlin to an inner European struggle of political allegiances and border struggles.

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Storming the Eagle's Nest Hitler's War in The Alps by Jim Ring

From the Fall of France in June 1940 to Hitler's suicide in April 1945, the swastika flew from the peaks of the High Savoy in the western Alps to the passes above Ljubljana in the east. The Alps as much as Berlin were the heart of the Third Reich. 'Yes,' Hitler declared of his headquarters in the Bavarian Alps, 'I have a close link to this mountain. Much was done there, came about and ended there; those were the best times of my life...My great plans were forged there.' With great authority and verve, Jim Ring tells the story of how the war was conceived and directed from the Fuhrer's mountain retreat, how all the Alps bar Switzerland fell to Fascism, and how Switzerland herself became the Nazi's banker and Europe's spy centre. How the Alps in France, Italy and Yugoslavia became cradles of resistance, how the range proved both a sanctuary and a death-trap for Europe's Jews - and how the whole war culminated in the Allies' descent on what was rumoured to be Hitler's Alpine Redoubt, a Bavarian mountain fortress.

About the Author

Jim Ring is an author and film-maker. Four of his titles are being reissued in Faber Finds: Erskine Childers; How the English Made the Alps; We Come Unseen: The Untold Story of Britain's Cold War Submariners; Riviera: The Rise and Rise of the Cote d'Azur.

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Book Info

Publication date

7th August 2014

Author

Jim Ring

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Author's Website

www.jimring.co.uk/

Publisher

Faber & Faber

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

History
Biography / Autobiography
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Second World War
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20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000

ISBN

9780571282395

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