This photo essay of the Third Reich at the height of its power has been judged the finest work of Heinrich Hoffman and its presentation now as a translated edition is very valuable. Most recommended.
NAME: With Hitler in the West
AUTHOR: Heinrich Hoffman
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Mit Hitler in Western, rare photographs, English translation, 1940, WWII, Second World War, World War Two, Ardennes, invasion of Belgium, invasion of Holland, invasion of France, BEF, Dunkirk evacuation
DESCRIPTION: This photo essay of the Third Reich at the height of its power has been judged the finest work of Heinrich Hoffman and its presentation now as a translated edition is very valuable. Most recommended.
There is little a reviewer can say about this book, beyond an appreciation of the finest collection of images. In 1940, the Third Reich had reached its height of power and, from there, it was to be downhill at ever increasing speed, to end with a level of devastation even greater than that which blighted Germany in 1918.
In the mass of photographic work produced during WWII. There are many valuable and evocative images that are never the less not the finest photographs. That is understandable because the conditions in which they were shot were often very difficult even for a highly skilled photographer. The film stock could be difficult to protect from temperature and humidity, and the processing might be undertaken in the most trying of conditions. Then, many images were stored in very poor conditions for years before emerging as extremely rare and valuable records.
This book contains images that were composed well, lit appropriately and carefully looked after on their way to the printer. The result is a unique collection of very rare images that provide a crisp record of the German advance into France and the surrender of the French Government. Photographically excellent.