First edition of Inside Hitler’s Headquarters 1939-1945, inscribed by German Armed Forces High Command Deputy Chief Of Operations, Walter Warlimont.
Octavo, x, 658pp. Light blue cloth, title in gilt on spine. First edition, with no additional printings on copyright page. In publisher’s near fine dust jacket, retail price on front flap, touch of wear along top edge, bright illustrations. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: “To Stephen W. Bumball, in recognition of his keen interest and participation in World War II, With kind regards, Walter Warlimont. General of Artl. A.D. / Gmund am Tegernsee, Upper Bavaria. 11 March, 1965.”
General Walter Warlimont served as Senior Operations Staff Officer to General Wilhelm Keitel, assisting in the development of strategic war plans, including the invasion of Poland, France and Russia. As the war progressed, he was a primary contact between German High Command and the Vichy Government in France and Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in Africa. Warlimont was injured in the 1944 assassination plot against Hitler, with Hitler believing that Warlimont may have been involved. He was relieved of duty soon after due to dizzy spells from the bombing. After the war, Warlimont was sentenced at Nuremberg to 18 years in prison, but was released in 1954. In retirement, he wrote this book and died in 1976.