James Wilson

Hitler's Alpine Headquarters

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“A photographic history of the Nazi party’s building works in Munich and in the Berchtesgaden and Obersalzberg . .. These postcards are fascinating” (HistoryOfWar.org).
Hitler’s Alpine Headquarters looks at the development of the Obersalzberg from a small, long established farming community into Hitler’s country residence and the Nazis’ southern headquarters. Introducing new images and additional text, this book is a much-expanded sequel to the author’s acclaimed Hitler’s Alpine Retreat. It explains how and why Hitler chose this area to build a home and his connection to this region.
New chapters focus on buildings and individuals of Hitler’s inner circle not covered in the earlier book. The development of the region is extensively covered by use of contemporary propaganda postcards and accompanying detailed text, allowing the reader to view the subject matter as it was presented to the masses at that time. With over 300 images and three maps, and the opportunity to compare a number of “then and now” images, the story of Hitler’s southern headquarters is brought to life through this extensive coverage.
Two seasons as an expert tour guide specializing in the history of the region during the Third Reich period allowed the author to carry out his own detailed research. There is an interview with a local man, who, as a small boy was photographed with Hitler, together with comments gathered during a recent meeting with Rochus Misch who served on Hitler’s staff.
“An interesting and captivating book. The author has given the material an excellent treatment and there are numerous period photographs which serve to show the subject in its ‘original’ state.” —Military Archive Research 
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