Michael Miller / ABR wrote:
Adolf Hitler's Personal Flag (page 503) = Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler
No f***ing way... !!!!
Yup, that is correct. Let me give you the whole sentence from page 503
"Its history went back to the early days of the Third Reich, when Hitler has formed an armed personal bodyguard, which later became the so-called 'Adolf Hitler's Personal Flag' (Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler)."
I think Professor Evans (I am not sure if he speaks German though) misundertood the German term Leibstandarte.
Leib = life, standarte = banner or regiment
In this case , the Leibstandarte should be translated as Bodyguard Regiment (David Irving had it translated as 'Life Guards' in Hitler's War but that is back in the 80s but at least it makes more sense that 'Personal Flag' term used by Evans)
Mike, my advise is, that if you really plan to get this book, make sure you buy it at 2nd hand book shop store when the value is less than USD 10 dollars.
Professor Evans's book might be good for layman who wanted to understands WW2 history of Germany, but for those who had studied WW2 more extensively, this book is nothing but just mediocre in its contents.
To be fair, the only credit I will give to Professor Evans is the huge list of bibliography and footnote sourcing.
Other than that I was extremely disappointed with the contents of the book. I was hoping Evans would analysed latest research especially issues like
a) preventive war thesis (Meltyukhov, Volkogonov, Heinz Magenheimer, RFS Stolfi, Vladimir Rezun, Petra Bianca)
b) brutalization of the Russo-German war (Bogdan Musial - too bad Musial's work was never translated into English. I heard that his book Konterrevolutioner Elemente sind Erschossen is a highly regard work on this matter)