David Littlejohn’s “Defending the Reich”

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David Littlejohn’s “Defending the Reich”

Post by J. Duncan » 23 Nov 2019 17:52

Hello
I would like to know if this is a good resource?
It looks to be a very handsome Bender book
(as only Bender books are) 600 plus pages.
Looks like it has to do with flak battalions and
fire and rescue type groups. Book is pricey so
I wanted some feedback on it by members who
are familiar with it. Anything on Volksturm?
I suppose you have to have a specialized interest
in the subject but is there any information on
who was in charge of these operations from the top down? Some of the paraphernalia of these
Units look very unique and interesting.
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Re: David Littlejohn’s “Defending the Reich”

Post by hucks216 » 24 Nov 2019 11:52

There is nothing on the Volksturm in the book and neither is there a list of various commanding officers, although some are named in photos etc, but even so don't let that put you off. This is an incredible piece of work on an area that gets very little coverage. Not only does it cover the Luftwaffe aerial and flak defences but it also breaks the latter down in to such things as deception measures & devices, flak in all the different parts of the Wehrmacht/SS, German auxiliaries and foreign auxiliaries, those services in Bohemia etc. It also covers the police & fire services including industrial fire brigades, civilian welfare work, civil defence, works air defence, waterways air defence, TeNo, SHD and so on. Every page has images of uniforms, insignia, equipment and paperwork with period photos and photos of items in collections.

This isn't my area of interest and yet it is one of my favourite books due to the level of information and detail.

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Re: David Littlejohn’s “Defending the Reich”

Post by J. Duncan » 24 Nov 2019 12:22

Thank you “hucks”
I appreciate the feed back as the book
is expensive and like yourself it is not
my main area of interest but it is such a
beautiful Bender book that I think I must
add it to my collection. From what you say
and from what I can tell the book should give a comprehensive view of what the “boots
on the ground” and what the common people had to deal with during those
ferocious bombing campaigns. I only have the “Bomber Harris” viewpoint, “command central”,
or what was seen from the air in what literature
I have on the subject. This should be interesting
Thanks again. Detail from book page:
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Re: David Littlejohn’s “Defending the Reich”

Post by hucks216 » 24 Nov 2019 13:07

It is a great book on the organisation systems in place during the period but what it isn't is a narrative of the bomber campaign as such. There are no firsthand accounts from civilians etc. It is aimed at those who have an interest in the organisations or those who collect these many areas that coped with the bombings and the after effects.

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Re: David Littlejohn’s “Defending the Reich”

Post by J. Duncan » 24 Nov 2019 14:40

I understand. Bender books are not “narrative”
accounts. What you get are highly detailed and
illustrated artifact photographs which can give you a sense of what was used to combat the effects of those bombing campaigns.
As you said, it is an element of the Third Reich
which has gotten little attention. Can’t wait
to see some of the uniforms of the fire brigades
and civilian aid organizations.

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Re: David Littlejohn’s “Defending the Reich”

Post by Mark Costa » 24 Nov 2019 15:49

Don't even hesitate on this book. The chapters on the RLB, SHD, TENO are worth the price.

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Re: David Littlejohn’s “Defending the Reich”

Post by J. Duncan » 24 Nov 2019 16:00

Ordered it. 69.00 out the door. Can’t wait.

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