An original book with stories about military everyday life, intended for German youth. A5 format. The volume is 32 pages. Black and white illustrations. Guarantee of authenticity.
The Military Library of German Youth (German: Kriegsbücherei der deutschen Jugend) is a German series of magazines about military adventures, published weekly by the Berlin Steiniger Publishing house from 1939 to 1945.
The publication proposed by Reichsugendfuhrer Baldur von Schirach was carried out with the support of OKW, OKM and OKL. In addition to 156 numbered issues, 14 non-numbered issues were also published in 1942-1945, not intended for sale, but distributed within the Wehrmacht. The magazines were published in an average format of 32 pages. Issues of the series were released irregularly due to interruptions in the supply of paper.
The model for the "Military Library", apparently, was a series of tabloid novels "Under the German flag", which was printed before the First World War and experienced a brief revival in 1933/34, as stories about the former glory of the German Empire. The purpose of the publication was declared to develop in German youth "self-conscious pride" and readiness for self-sacrifice. In addition, it was supposed to serve to strengthen the continuity between those who went to the front and the youth who remained in the rear.
Responsible for the content of the series in its first issue were: Hauptbahnfuhrer Gunther Kaufmann from the Imperial Youth Directorate, Lieutenant Colonel Felkers from the Ground Forces, Korvettenkapitan Narat from the Kriegsmarine and Peter Zupf from the RLM. Among the authors of the book were, on the one hand, already well-known writers such as Franz Schauwecker, Friedrich Frexa, Fritz Otto Busch, Jacob Kinau and Fred Schmidt; on the other hand, young authors, including some who served as war correspondents, for example, Otto Milke and Henry Nannen. Josef Muller-Marain (pseudonym: Jupp Muller-Magain), Walter Henkels and director Alfred Weidenman (pseudonym W. Derfla), who later joined them, also wrote for the magazine.
The works of the series consider the real events of the Second World War that took place in Europe and North Africa. The main actors are soldiers of three branches of the Wehrmacht: the ground forces, the Luftwaffe and the Kriegsmarine. SS units are mentioned only once (issue No. 151, Alfred Toss. "Waffen-SS in the battles near Leningrad"). The Eastern front, being the main European theater of operations, is displayed very fragmentary and the fighting on it was almost not considered. Judging by the titles of individual issues, the emphasis was on sea and air battles. This choice may have been made for the sake of a more entertaining narrative, but perhaps it was assumed that the theme of naval warfare, like travel novels, would make it easier for the reader to identify himself with the protagonists of the works. Also noteworthy is the absence of works about the fight against partisans.
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