An unusual, and very detailed study of the life and activities one of the junior officers in the German paratroops during the 1930’s and 1940’s.
Although a junior officer, Rudolf Witzig has been mentioned many times in the dispatches and accounts ot the Second World War including from the Allied point of view. Yet as Villahermosa discovered, until now there had never been a biography written about his activities. When the opportunity arose, Villahermosa took it with both hands. Accidentally meeting up with Witzig’s son, he gained access to hitherto unpublished papers, diaries and information. The result is quite a stunning, and very readable account of a German paratrooper who was praised more by his enemies for valor and military skill, than by his own forces who did not give him the recognition and rank that he really deserved.
The story is unique,not only as a biography of Rudolf Witzig but because it shows how the German army coped with the changes brought upon it by the Treaty of Versailles, the rise of Hitler, the Second World War and the eventual transition into a modern fighting force. The research is extremely good, and Villahermosa should be congratulated on that score alone.
This is a very readable and interesting account which will be of great interest to anyone keen on the events of the Second World War or military history generally.
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