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by Geoffrey Brooks,Nicolaus von Below


AT HITLER'S SIDE is the most emotionally honest, and least politically correct, of all the memiors written by survivor's of Adolf Hitler's inner circle.

AT HITLER'S SIDE is the most emotionally honest, and least politically correct, of all the memiors written by survivor's of Adolf Hitler's inner circle. The author, Colonel Nicholaus von Below, served as Hitler's air force adjutant from 1937 until 1945, and as a result was one of the priveleged few who enjoyed a "view from the to. That is not to say that he always felt priveleged or enjoyed the view: Below was clearly a man who wished on occasion he were an ordinary Luftwaffe pilot.

Nicolaus von Below was a 29-year-old pilot when Goering selected him for the position of Hitler’s Luftwaffe adjutant. He was with Hitler at every stage as the Second World War unfolded. His observations tell of Hitler’s responses to momentous events as well as military decisions and policy-making at Führer Headquarters. He provides fascinating insight into how Hitler planned the invasions of Poland and Russia, what he thought of Britain and America, why he placed his faith in the V-1 and V-2 projects, how others dealt with him, and much more. Von Below was present at the assassination attempt in July 1944, and records the effect on Hitler and his followers.

Below implies that he retained Hitler's confidence to the end. In addition to his duties as air force adjutant, from May 1944 on Below also . Citation: Howard D. Grier. In addition to his duties as air force adjutant, from May 1944 on Below also acted as Albert Speer's liaison officer with Hitler's headquarters. He frequently mentions the hours spent alone or in a very small group with Hitler, and the invitations his wife received to stay at the Berghof.

A Hitler s Side: The Memoirs of Hitler s Luftwaffe Adjutant, 1937-1945, originally published in 1980, is here translated into English for the first time. Although most of Von Below's original notes and diaries were destroyed at the end of the war, his recollections are fascinating and interesting to study. At the time of his original writing, Von Below maintained a high regard for Hitler. While not entirely apologetic for Hitler's actions, he definitely focused his thoughts and recollections on Hitler's less problematic aspects.

At Hitler's Side book. Nicolaus von Below was a 29-year-old pilot when Goering selected him for the position of Hitler's Luftwaffe adjutant

At Hitler's Side book. Nicolaus von Below was a 29-year-old pilot when Goering selected him for the position of Hitler's Luftwaffe adjutant. His observations tell(Library "An intimate glimpse into the decision-making process of the Nazi military leadership" from a Luftwaffe aide at Hitler's side until the last days in Berlin (Library Journal).

Nicolaus von Below was a 29-year-old pilot when Goering selected him for the position of Hitlers Luftwaffe adjutant. He was with Hitler at every stage as the Second World War unfolded

Nicolaus von Below was a 29-year-old pilot when Goering selected him for the position of Hitlers Luftwaffe adjutant. His observations tell of Hitlers responses to momentous events as well as military decisions and policy-making at F hrer Headquarters. This is a superb source describing life in Hitlers inner circle, relied upon on by Gitta Sereny in her biography of Albert Speer. He provides fascinating insight into how Hitler planned the invasions of Poland and Russia, what he thought of Britain and America, why he placed his.

Below, Nicolaus von. Uniform Title: Als Hitlers Adjutant, 1937-45. Greenhill Books ; Mechanicsburg, P. .Stackpole Books, (c)2001. Publication, Distribution, et. London. Physical Description: 256 p. : il., 24 cm. General Note: Includes index. Personal Name: Below, Nicolaus von. Personal Name

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3) At Hitler's Side: The Memoirs of Hitler's Luftwaffe Adjutant, 1937-1945 - Nicolaus von Below Frontline Books 2010 EPUB. Nicolaus von Below was a 29-year-old pilot when Goering selected him for the position of Hitler’s Luftwaffe adjutant. He was with Hitler at every stage as the Second World War unfolded

By Nicolaus Von Below

By Nicolaus Von Below. Nicolaus von lower than used to be a 29-year-old pilot while Goering chosen him for the placement of Hitler's Luftwaffe adjutant. He was once with Hitler at each level because the moment global struggle opened up. His observations inform of Hitler's responses to momentous occasions in addition to army judgements and policy-making at Fuhrer Headquarters. At Hitler's Side: The Memoirs of Hitler's Luftwaffe Adjutant 1937-1945. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2001. Berghahn, Klaus . and Jost Hermand, eds. New York: Macmillan, 1978. Dietrich, Otto, and Robert Moorehouse. The Hitler I Knew: Memoirs of the Third Reich's Press Chief. New York: Skyhorse Publishing, 2010.

This is the personal account of a Luftwaffe aide always at Hitler’s side from 1937 until the last days in Berlin, now published for the first time in English.Nicolaus von Below was a 29-year-old pilot when Goering selected him for the position of Hitler’s Luftwaffe adjutant. He was with Hitler at every stage as the Second World War unfolded. His observations tell of Hitler’s responses to momentous events as well as military decisions and policy-making at Führer Headquarters. This is a superb source describing life in Hitler’s inner circle, relied upon on by Gitta Sereny in her biography of Albert Speer. He provides fascinating insight into how Hitler planned the invasions of Poland and Russia, what he thought of Britain and America, why he placed his faith in the V-1 and V-2 projects, how others dealt with him, and much more. Von Below was present at the assassination attempt in July 1944, and records the effect on Hitler and his followers.Von Below was the last of Hitler’s close military entourage to emerge from the bunker alive. His frank memoir will appeal to anyone interested in how Hitler ran his war. He was denounced to the British in 1946 and imprisoned as a material witness at Nuremberg, until being discharged in 1947.

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Author: Geoffrey Brooks,Nicolaus von Below

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Language: English

Publisher: Frontline Books (November 30, 2010)

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Doukree
George Orwell once wrote that "the hatred the Spanish Republic aroused in dukes, playboys, millionaires and what-not" was sufficient cause for believing it had right on its side. The reaction of the two men quoted by Amazon (see above) towards this book is sufficient cause for reading it. Such people view all firsthand accounts from Hitler's regime in terms of "does he say what we want him to say, or doesn't he? Does he admit to knowing about the concentration camps, or not?" One could scarcely have a narrower view or miss the point more completely.

AT HITLER'S SIDE is the most emotionally honest, and least politically correct, of all the memiors written by survivor's of Adolf Hitler's inner circle. The author, Colonel Nicholaus von Below, served as Hitler's air force adjutant from 1937 until 1945, and as a result was one of the priveleged few who enjoyed a "view from the top." That is not to say that he always felt priveleged or enjoyed the view: Below was clearly a man who wished on occasion he were an ordinary Luftwaffe pilot. Certainly his job involved a lot more than just briefing "Der Fuehrer" on technical air force matters, but therein lies the story.

Like most of the people around Hitler, Below's "real" job was not listed in his job description. He seems to have been an unofficial representative of the rank-and-file officers in the Luftwaffe - that is to say, a spokesman for the Luftwaffe itself rather than for Goering, who was despised and hated by most of his men for his vainglory, bullying, and incompetence. Below felt it incumbent to push an agenda with Hitler that ran contrary to the "Fatboy's" wishes, but though he gained Hitler's trust and respect he was never able to effect the changes in the system he desired, with the result that he, Below, had to watch as yar in and year out, his beloved air force declined further and further into technical obsolescence and impotence. In addition, he was also witness to palace intrigues right out of Byzantium - all those cliques and cabals in government, business, the armed forces, and the Party, each trying to advance its own interests at the expense of the other, and often, at the expense of Germany. This often caused great psychological strain, as did Below's controversial suspicions that some in the high command were deliberately sabotaging the military effort - suspicions that have always been hotly denied by surviving members of the "military resistance against Nazism", and by those who want to believe that Hitler alone was the cause of all Germany's defeats. More controversially yet, Below flatly denies that he had any inkling of the "special measures" being taken in Russia and Poland by the SS, which the reviewers above find ludicrous, but which anyone who has actually researched the highly compartmentalized nature of Hitler's dictatorship may find less so.

But probably the biggest controversy is Below's depiction of Hitler himself. Americans tend to think of Hitler as something between a comic-opera nut case, screaming abuse and chewing the carpet like Charlie Chaplain, and a glowering Antichrist figure out of Revelations. Certainly Hitler was a complex man, "a demon struggling with a genius" as Speer related, and according to Manstein, well capable of tailoring his personality to his audience. Below's experience with Hitler seems to have been largely positive: he recounts a more or less benign tyrant, man of unfailing personal courtesy and broad vision, whose psychological state was slowly undermined by the immeasurable pressures he took upon himself, as well as by ceaseless palace intrigues and the unscrupulousness of some of his confederates. Whether one believes Below or not in this regard is to me irrelevant, since what matters here is the man's perceptions of what happened and not the reality as such. ALL memiors are filled with lies, evasions, distortions, and self-serving facts. Winston Churchill managed to write a six-volume history of the Second World War that hardly mentions the all-important Eastern Front, where 32 million people died, and which downplays the innumerable military blunders he committed during the war; Dwight Einsenhower, on the other hand, devoted exactly one sentence in CRUSADE IN EUROPE to the Battle of the Huertgen Forest, in which 30,000 U.S. troops were killed or wounded because he couldn't be bothered to stop a pointless attack. Obviously Below's memior doesn't jibe with certain views of Hitler expressed by others; but that neither invalidates what Below has to say nor "proves" the others wrong. It's up to the reader to determine the accuracy of what he/she is reading, and not to fall victim to the "if he doesn't admit X or Y or say Z, he must be lying" type of not- thinking.
Doukree
George Orwell once wrote that "the hatred the Spanish Republic aroused in dukes, playboys, millionaires and what-not" was sufficient cause for believing it had right on its side. The reaction of the two men quoted by Amazon (see above) towards this book is sufficient cause for reading it. Such people view all firsthand accounts from Hitler's regime in terms of "does he say what we want him to say, or doesn't he? Does he admit to knowing about the concentration camps, or not?" One could scarcely have a narrower view or miss the point more completely.

AT HITLER'S SIDE is the most emotionally honest, and least politically correct, of all the memiors written by survivor's of Adolf Hitler's inner circle. The author, Colonel Nicholaus von Below, served as Hitler's air force adjutant from 1937 until 1945, and as a result was one of the priveleged few who enjoyed a "view from the top." That is not to say that he always felt priveleged or enjoyed the view: Below was clearly a man who wished on occasion he were an ordinary Luftwaffe pilot. Certainly his job involved a lot more than just briefing "Der Fuehrer" on technical air force matters, but therein lies the story.

Like most of the people around Hitler, Below's "real" job was not listed in his job description. He seems to have been an unofficial representative of the rank-and-file officers in the Luftwaffe - that is to say, a spokesman for the Luftwaffe itself rather than for Goering, who was despised and hated by most of his men for his vainglory, bullying, and incompetence. Below felt it incumbent to push an agenda with Hitler that ran contrary to the "Fatboy's" wishes, but though he gained Hitler's trust and respect he was never able to effect the changes in the system he desired, with the result that he, Below, had to watch as yar in and year out, his beloved air force declined further and further into technical obsolescence and impotence. In addition, he was also witness to palace intrigues right out of Byzantium - all those cliques and cabals in government, business, the armed forces, and the Party, each trying to advance its own interests at the expense of the other, and often, at the expense of Germany. This often caused great psychological strain, as did Below's controversial suspicions that some in the high command were deliberately sabotaging the military effort - suspicions that have always been hotly denied by surviving members of the "military resistance against Nazism", and by those who want to believe that Hitler alone was the cause of all Germany's defeats. More controversially yet, Below flatly denies that he had any inkling of the "special measures" being taken in Russia and Poland by the SS, which the reviewers above find ludicrous, but which anyone who has actually researched the highly compartmentalized nature of Hitler's dictatorship may find less so.

But probably the biggest controversy is Below's depiction of Hitler himself. Americans tend to think of Hitler as something between a comic-opera nut case, screaming abuse and chewing the carpet like Charlie Chaplain, and a glowering Antichrist figure out of Revelations. Certainly Hitler was a complex man, "a demon struggling with a genius" as Speer related, and according to Manstein, well capable of tailoring his personality to his audience. Below's experience with Hitler seems to have been largely positive: he recounts a more or less benign tyrant, man of unfailing personal courtesy and broad vision, whose psychological state was slowly undermined by the immeasurable pressures he took upon himself, as well as by ceaseless palace intrigues and the unscrupulousness of some of his confederates. Whether one believes Below or not in this regard is to me irrelevant, since what matters here is the man's perceptions of what happened and not the reality as such. ALL memiors are filled with lies, evasions, distortions, and self-serving facts. Winston Churchill managed to write a six-volume history of the Second World War that hardly mentions the all-important Eastern Front, where 32 million people died, and which downplays the innumerable military blunders he committed during the war; Dwight Einsenhower, on the other hand, devoted exactly one sentence in CRUSADE IN EUROPE to the Battle of the Huertgen Forest, in which 30,000 U.S. troops were killed or wounded because he couldn't be bothered to stop a pointless attack. Obviously Below's memior doesn't jibe with certain views of Hitler expressed by others; but that neither invalidates what Below has to say nor "proves" the others wrong. It's up to the reader to determine the accuracy of what he/she is reading, and not to fall victim to the "if he doesn't admit X or Y or say Z, he must be lying" type of not- thinking.
Cordalas
Von Below was Adolf Hitler's Luftwaffe adjutant for eight years, from 1937 to the very end of the war. As such he held many intimate conversations with Hitler and in this well-written (and very well translated) memoir, he claims to have had Der Fuhrer's confidence. That he remained in this job for 8 years is proof enough of that fact. Von Below's portrait of Hitler on the job is very different from the raving single-minded maniac usually portrayed in movies and popular biographies. Von Below claims that if one knew how to approach Hitler one could reason with him and even get him to change his mind. By this account Hitler was a hard-working, dedicated, charismatic and intelligent leader who was often misled by his subordinates. Von Below claims to have known nothing about the mass murders committed by the Nazis. He also claims to have had serious misgivings about Hitler's war strategy; and he writes that he was well aware of the shortcomings of the Luftwaffe. As a pilot himself, I tend to believe him outright on this point, but otherwise I don't know how much of the insight he claims to have had into strategic matters might have been colored by hindsight. In any event, he was never able to convince Hitler although he writes that many times he did express his doubts to Der Fuhrer, who always heard him out. Compare this book with the memoir written by Hitler's pilot, Hans Bauer. Both men, knowing the end was inevitable, stuck it out and for that we must admire their courage and dedication. I don't think they remained with Hitler in Germany's doomed capital because of some lemming-like compulsion to destruction ingrained in the German psyche, but because of their personal devotion to Hitler. And since neither man was an idiot nor a war criminal with nothing to lose, commanding such loyalty from men like these says a lot about Adolf Hitler's personality. Bauer spent 10 years in a Russian POW camp while von Below managed to escape the Russians after Hitler gave him permission to escape from Berlin. For my money this book ends too abruptly. I would like to know what happened to von Below after the war and that is why I gave it only 4 stars. But in summary, this book is a valuable addition to the study of Adolf Hitler and a testament to its author, who I think was a man of honor.
Cordalas
Von Below was Adolf Hitler's Luftwaffe adjutant for eight years, from 1937 to the very end of the war. As such he held many intimate conversations with Hitler and in this well-written (and very well translated) memoir, he claims to have had Der Fuhrer's confidence. That he remained in this job for 8 years is proof enough of that fact. Von Below's portrait of Hitler on the job is very different from the raving single-minded maniac usually portrayed in movies and popular biographies. Von Below claims that if one knew how to approach Hitler one could reason with him and even get him to change his mind. By this account Hitler was a hard-working, dedicated, charismatic and intelligent leader who was often misled by his subordinates. Von Below claims to have known nothing about the mass murders committed by the Nazis. He also claims to have had serious misgivings about Hitler's war strategy; and he writes that he was well aware of the shortcomings of the Luftwaffe. As a pilot himself, I tend to believe him outright on this point, but otherwise I don't know how much of the insight he claims to have had into strategic matters might have been colored by hindsight. In any event, he was never able to convince Hitler although he writes that many times he did express his doubts to Der Fuhrer, who always heard him out. Compare this book with the memoir written by Hitler's pilot, Hans Bauer. Both men, knowing the end was inevitable, stuck it out and for that we must admire their courage and dedication. I don't think they remained with Hitler in Germany's doomed capital because of some lemming-like compulsion to destruction ingrained in the German psyche, but because of their personal devotion to Hitler. And since neither man was an idiot nor a war criminal with nothing to lose, commanding such loyalty from men like these says a lot about Adolf Hitler's personality. Bauer spent 10 years in a Russian POW camp while von Below managed to escape the Russians after Hitler gave him permission to escape from Berlin. For my money this book ends too abruptly. I would like to know what happened to von Below after the war and that is why I gave it only 4 stars. But in summary, this book is a valuable addition to the study of Adolf Hitler and a testament to its author, who I think was a man of honor.
Bolanim
Many good details but has little flavor of his times but worst is he completely avoids the holocaust. He was loyal to Hitler until Hitler became hopeless, even to him. Good insight into some of the interactions and standing among Hitler's generals.
Bolanim
Many good details but has little flavor of his times but worst is he completely avoids the holocaust. He was loyal to Hitler until Hitler became hopeless, even to him. Good insight into some of the interactions and standing among Hitler's generals.
monotronik
An excellent read written by a person who served as the Luftwaffe adjutant to Adolf Hitler throughout WWII. The author provides a behind the scenes view into the epic battles of that war.
monotronik
An excellent read written by a person who served as the Luftwaffe adjutant to Adolf Hitler throughout WWII. The author provides a behind the scenes view into the epic battles of that war.
Grari
Found this book to be a great read. It's written more from the German frame of mind of the time, not from an outsider perspective. The author describes Hitler from a personal perspective,his comments and description of Hitler may not jive with the majority view of the man. There are great insights into the infighting and "normal" conversations of German Wehrmacht officers and Nazi's alike.
Grari
Found this book to be a great read. It's written more from the German frame of mind of the time, not from an outsider perspective. The author describes Hitler from a personal perspective,his comments and description of Hitler may not jive with the majority view of the man. There are great insights into the infighting and "normal" conversations of German Wehrmacht officers and Nazi's alike.
Chilele
This was a interesting book about the decisions and goings on with Hitler and his inner circle, before and during WW 2.
Chilele
This was a interesting book about the decisions and goings on with Hitler and his inner circle, before and during WW 2.