The top secret report Some Weaknesses in German Strategy and Organisation 1933 - 1945 was prepared by Whitehall’s highest intelligence body, the Joint Intelligence Committee, and presented to Britain’s Chiefs of Staff in 1946 to 'set down certain aspects of the War whilst there are still sources available who were closely connected with the events described'.
Now, this report is published for the first time and set against its historical setting in new book, Defeating Hitler: Whitehall's Secret Report on Why Hitler Lost the War, by Paul Winter. Encompassing a wide range of issues from the peculiar idiosyncrasies of Hitler's personality to the failures of the German intelligence services, this previously classifed paper charts the rise, decline and fall of the Third Reich through 200 pages of considered intelligence reporting. Winter also provides biographies of key figures referenced in the report and a timeline of the crucial events of the Second World War.
The publication of Some Weaknesses will serve to dissuade present and future students of history from underestimating the power of Hitler's war machine and from forgetting how close it came to winning the war.
You can preview the book here and it's in UK shops now (US in July).