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As World War II recedes from living memory, there remain untold stories of important behind-the-scenes operatives who provided vital support to the leaders celebrated in historical accounts. Colonel Truman Smith is one of the most compelling figures from this period, but there has never been a biography of this important and controversial man. In Exposing the Third Reich, Henry G. Gole tells this soldier's story for the first time.

An American aristocrat from a prominent New England family, Smith was first assigned to Germany in 1919 during the Allied occupation and soon became known as a regional expert. During his second assignment in the country as a military attach? in 1935, he arranged for his good friend Charles Lindbergh to inspect the Luftwaffe. The Germans were delighted to have the famous aviator view their planes, enabling Smith to gather key intelligence about their air capability. His savvy cultivation of relationships rendered him invaluable throughout his service, particularly as an aide to General George C. Marshall; however, the colonel's friendliness with Germany also aroused suspicion that he was a Nazi sympathizer.

Gole demonstrates that, far from condoning Hitler, Smith was among the first to raise the alarm: he predicted many of the Nazis' moves years in advance and feared that the international community would not act quickly enough. Featuring many firsthand observations of the critical changes in Germany between the world wars, this biography presents an indispensable look both at a fascinating figure and at the nuances of the interwar years.

Table of Contents

  1. Front cover
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Copyright
  2. pp. 5-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-vii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. 1. Patrician Heritage
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 2. Over There
  2. pp. 17-31
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  1. 3. Deutschland and Yearning
  2. pp. 32-42
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  1. 4. Civil Affairs and Romance on the Rhine
  2. pp. 43-57
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  1. 5. Berlin, Munich, and Hitler in Weimar Germany
  2. pp. 58-76
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  1. 6. Years of Preparation
  2. pp. 77-86
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  1. 7. Marshall's Men
  2. pp. 87-102
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  1. 8. Army War College and Command
  2. pp. 103-121
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  1. 9. Hitler Takes Power
  2. pp. 122-129
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  1. 10. Hitler's Germany
  2. pp. 130-142
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  1. 11. Kay, Germany, and Ambassador Dodd
  2. pp. 143-164
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  1. 12. Hitler Arms, Smith Reports
  2. pp. 165-181
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  1. 13. Smith's Trojan Horse
  2. pp. 182-201
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  1. 14. The Lindbergh-Smith Friendship
  2. pp. 202-215
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  1. 15. Hitler Is Ready
  2. pp. 216-230
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  1. 16. Welcome Home
  2. pp. 231-247
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  1. 17. Smith as "Strategicus"
  2. pp. 248-267
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  1. 18. Wartime Washington
  2. pp. 268-285
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  1. 19. The Road to German Rearmament
  2. pp. 286-301
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  1. 20. Politics, Travel, and Writing
  2. pp. 302-312
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  1. 21. Retrospective and a Graceful Exit
  2. pp. 313-328
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  1. Appendix A. Losses in Smith’s 4th Infantry, October 1918
  2. pp. 329-344
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  1. Appendix B. Smith to His Sister on the Death of His Daughter, 1923
  2. pp. 330-345
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  1. Appendix C. Marshall on Smith’s Berlin Reporting and Dignity
  2. pp. 331-346
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  1. Appendix D. The German-British Bombing Pause, Christmas 1940
  2. pp. 332-333
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  1. Appendix E. Marshall on Smith’s Assessment of the Balkans, 1943
  2. pp. 334-336
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  1. Appendix F. Smith on the Situation in Europe, May 1944
  2. pp. 337-338
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  1. Appendix G. Marshall Saves a German General
  2. pp. 339-340
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  1. Appendix H. Smith on the German Army, 1963
  2. pp. 341-347
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  1. Appendix I. Smith’s Letter to Brigitta von Schell, 1967
  2. pp. 348-350
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  1. Appendix J. Smith to Marshall on Smith’s Retirement
  2. pp. 351-352
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  1. Appendix K. Obituary, Katharine Alling Hollister Smith
  2. pp. 353-354
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  1. A Note on Sources
  2. pp. 355-358
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 359-380
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 381-394
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 395-416
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813141787
Related ISBN
9780813141763
MARC Record
OCLC
854974408
Pages
400
Launched on MUSE
2013-08-13
Language
English
Open Access
No
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