"Panzer Leader" from Guderian is great to read when you play the German, you can really follow the Army Group Center's operations while you play it!
It's worth a read, but like most memoirs tends to be heavily biased that the author was always right, and everyone else was wrong. It also has the post war "Blame Hitler/tell the West what they want to hear to" tendency that was in fashion at the time. Manstein's is the same.
Although they all agree that Hitler made most of the mistakes!
There have been several television documentaries lately that recount that, although there were several proposed Allied assassination plans to kill Hitler during the war, as the war went on beyond 1943, Churchill and the top ranking Allied generals decided not to assassinate him because he was causing more damage to the German war effort alive than dead. Allied command was aware of Hitler's increasing interference in directing military affairs as the war progressed. A prime example of his negative impact was the inability of the German generals to release the Panzer reserves in the D-Day area on the invasion. Hitler had apparently been foregoing sleep to attend meetings (with the help of drugs) and he was asleep when the invasion happened and could not be awakened... and no tanks could be moved without his direct approval.
Yeah, I'm familiar with all that. I never thought the release of the panzer reserves would have mattered overall anyway; drop in the bucket compared to what they would have faced.
With or without him making the calls, Germany just simply did not have the resources, neither manpower nor otherwise.
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