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Exposing the Third Reich : Colonel Truman Smith in Hitler's Germany / Henry G. Gole ; foreword by Edward M. Coffman.

Publication | Digitized | Library Call Number: DD256.5 .G5944 2013

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    "As World War II recedes from living memory, there remain untold stories of important behind-the-scenes operatives who provided vital support to the leaders celebrated in historical accounts. Colonel Truman Smith is one of the most compelling figures from this period, but there has never been a biography of this important and controversial man. In Exposing the Third Reich, Henry G. Gole tells this soldier's story for the first time. An American aristocrat from a prominent New England family, Smith was first assigned to Germany in 1919 during the Allied occupation and soon became known as a regional expert. During his second assignment in the country as a military attaché in 1935, he arranged for his good friend Charles Lindbergh to inspect the Luftwaffe. The Germans were delighted to have the famous aviator view their planes, enabling Smith to gather key intelligence about their air capability. His savvy cultivation of relationships rendered him invaluable throughout his service, particularly as an aide to General George C. Marshall; however, the colonel's friendliness with Germany also aroused suspicion that he was a Nazi sympathizer. Gole demonstrates that, far from condoning Hitler, Smith was among the first to raise the alarm: he predicted many of the Nazis' moves years in advance and feared that the international community would not act quickly enough. Featuring many firsthand observations of the critical changes in Germany between the world wars, this biography presents an indispensable look both at a fascinating figure and at the nuances of the interwar years."--Publisher's website.
    Series
    American warriors
    American warriors (Lexington, Ky.)
    Format
    Manuscript language material
    Author/Creator
    Gole, Henry G., 1933-
    Published
    Lexington, Kentucky : University Press of Kentucky, [2013]
    Locale
    Germany
    United States
    Contents
    Patrician heritage
    Over there
    Deutschland and yearning
    Civil affairs and romance on the rhine
    Berlin, Munich and Hitler in Weimar Germany
    Years of preparation
    Marshall's men
    Army war college and command
    Hitler takes power
    Hitler's Germany
    Kay, Germany, and Ambassador Dodd
    Hitler arms, Smith reports
    Smith's trojan horse
    The Lindbergh-Smith friendship
    Hitler is ready
    Welcome home
    Smith as "strategicus"
    Wartime Washington
    The road to German rearmament
    Politics, travel, and writing
    Retrospective and a graceful exit.
    Notes
    Includes bibliographical references (pages 381-393) and index.
    Patrician heritage -- Over there -- Deutschland and yearning -- Civil affairs and romance on the rhine -- Berlin, Munich and Hitler in Weimar Germany -- Years of preparation -- Marshall's men -- Army war college and command -- Hitler takes power -- Hitler's Germany -- Kay, Germany, and Ambassador Dodd -- Hitler arms, Smith reports -- Smith's trojan horse -- The Lindbergh-Smith friendship -- Hitler is ready -- Welcome home -- Smith as "strategicus" -- Wartime Washington -- The road to German rearmament -- Politics, travel, and writing -- Retrospective and a graceful exit.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    ISBN
    9780813141763
    0813141761 (hardcover : acid-free paper)
    081314177X (epub)
    9780813141770 (epub)
    0813141788 (pdf)
    9780813141787 (pdf)
    Additional Form
    Electronic version available online.
    Physical Description
    xiv, 415 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.

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