STRATEGY: Why Hitler Did It

"The day of small States is past. . . I shall have ... a Northern Union of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. If they don't like it, they can try to drive me out. In any case, they will have to bear the main burden of attack.

"It will be a daring but interesting undertaking, never before attempted in the history of the world. Protected by the fleet and with the cooperation of the Air Force, I shall order a series of unexpected individual exploits." So spoke Adolf Hitler in 1934 to Hermann Rauschning,* then his chief Party henchman in...

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