A noted military analyst traces the course of World War II in terms of German military personalities, the cleavages within the Army under the Versailles Treaty and later under Hitler. His final judgment is that Hitler was original, daring,- and that the General Staff remained competent but conservative. He attributes the German Army's abrupt stop at Dunkirk to Hitler's pro-British leanings. Here are the careers of the various chiefs, the battles fought, scandals and repercussions, plots and counterplots based on extensive talks with the generals. With Hart's authoritative military background, this should fascinate professional and arm-chair militarist alike.