In War of Annihilation, noted military historian Geoffrey P. Megargee provides a clear, concise history of the Germans' opening campaign of conquest and genocide in 1941. By drawing on the best of military and Holocaust scholarship, Megargee dispels the myths that have distorted the role of Germany's military leadership in both the military operations themselves and the unthinkable crimes that were part of them.
Geoffrey P. Megargee is the author of Inside Hitler's High Command, which won a 2001 Distinguished Book Award from the Society for Military History and was a Main Selection of the History Book Club. He is an applied research scholar at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Chapter 1: The Roots of the War of Annihilation Chapter 2: Plans and Preparations, 1940-1941 Chapter 3: Initial Victories and Atrocities, June to August Chapter 4: The Second Phase: Expanding Conquests and Genocide, August to October Chapter 5: The Final Drive on Moscow and Systematic Killing, October to December Chapter 6: Failure and Its Consequences, to Early 1942 Conclusion Bibliographic Essay Appendix 1: The Levels of Command Appendix 2: Principal German Army Commands and Staffs on June 22, 1941