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In the dark dungeons beneath Nazi Germany, teams of occult experts delved into ancient and forbidden lore, searching for lost secrets of power. Ordered by Hitler to discover new weapons that he could unleash on his enemies, the occultists experimented with dark magics, mystical artifacts, and creatures thought only to exist in nightmare. This book tells the complete historIn the dark dungeons beneath Nazi Germany, teams of occult experts delved into ancient and forbidden lore, searching for lost secrets of power. Ordered by Hitler to discover new weapons that he could unleash on his enemies, the occultists experimented with dark magics, mystical artifacts, and creatures thought only to exist in nightmare. This book tells the complete history of the Nazi occult programs, from their foundations in Hitler's early esoteric studies and the Nazi quests for the Ark of the Covenant, the Spear of Destiny, and the Holy Grail, through their experiments with lycanthrope and zero-point energy. It also includes sections on the shadow war fought in the dying days of the Reich as the Nazis sought to stave off defeat through pacts with diabolic entities, attempts to save the Fuhrer's brain, and the deployment of the strange flying saucers that battled to save the final Nazi stronghold in the Antarctic. For years, the Allied governments worked to keep this information from reaching the public, and sought to discredit those few who dared to seek the truth. Now, using a combination of photography and artwork reconstructions, the true story of the most secret battles of World War II can finally be told....

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ISBN : 9781780965987
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 80 Pages
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The Nazi Occult Reviews

  • Tim Pendry
    2018-10-01 14:07

    Where to begin? This is wonderful stuff so long as you are not daft enough to take any of it seriously.The Nazis have been associated in the popular imagination with the occult with increasing intensity over time, much to the despair of professional historians. The introduction by Kenneth Hite perhaps does not have sufficient health warning here.It is true that Germany was riddled with occultist societies and that this infected early German nationalist circles. The best source is always Goodrick-Clark who made a specialty of unravelling what was true and what was false about occult claims to great effect.It is also true that astrology was possibly more important in interwar Germany as a cultural phenomenon than elsewhere and that secret magical societies could be found in many places - and that Hess and Himmler had occultist interests as others had neo-pagan concerns.However, culturally fascinating though all this is, German politics and culture were as materially grounded as any other, there were no occult elements in the conduct of social control or military direction and Hitler himself found the interests of his colleagues laughable.Having got the obligatory health warning out of the way, what we have here is a chaos magical approach to the subject - setting up the story of Nazi occultism as if it were true and then playing it out with the sort of solid illustrative work for which Osprey is well regarded.What, however, Osprey, as publishers, are doing here is a bit mysterious. They have built a strong brand on reliable accounts of military matters - weaponry, campaigns, battles, sieges - and yet here they have embarked on a deliberate assault on the hokum market.This is the first in a series called Dark Osprey so we canot wait to see what else they have in store for us (the Templars apparently!) - but this short dense illustrated book with its further reading in comics, games and movies is not what we are used to from the house.But get past the surprise and we have some loony joys where the author has genuinely tried to make the nonsense plausible with historical and military fact - we are drawn into the madness through plausible enough accounts of the Ariosophists, Ahnenerbe and Thule Society.Then we have mad science based on magical energies, death-wielding rabbinical literature, meetings with yeti in Tibet, the search for the Ark of the Covenant, witch soldiers on the Eastern Front, failed attempts to raise a zombie army, resistance werewolves ... ... and Nazi UFOs in Antarctica with the wonderful conclusion that, Byrd's Expedition to oust the Nazis having failed because of the threat of the globe-shattering Thorshammer weapon, an armistice was agreed to allow Majestic to come up with an Allied occult counter-weapon!The odd aspect is that Hite has done his research into the actuality of Nazi Germany. The insanities are embedded in a framework of reality that might be quite seductive to imaginative teenagers. Should we be 'concerned'? I think not ... this is now popular culture, not politics.In any case, any non-teenager who takes at face value such lines as "The Ryokuryukai [Japanese occult researchers] exchanged the Mireniamu data for nuclear material in March of 1945, and the Reich had true werewolves at last" or ...... "Their program to create an army of Nazi zombies never altered the war's strategic balance: undead soldiers remained vulnerable to artillery ..." might suggest a serious failure in our general educational system.At one level, of course, this could all be seen as an insult to the millions of dead of seventy years or so ago but we live in a free society and imaginative nonsense might be regarded as prophylactic - we can laugh at Nazis or we can turn them into symbols of dark evil.In the end, national socialism was not very funny and was more a bunch of half-educated people lurching from chaotic crisis to chaotic crisis than anything so interesting as a force of deliberate evil harnessing occult forces. It may be that we find it hard to cope with this truth. If we cannot laugh at them and don't want the explanation that they were just us only in different conditions, then, in a world without God, reconstructing them as a dark occult force exorcises something.Certainly, this book is no encouragement to a political programme. The worst it might do is encourage some naive ceremonial magical play and, though that might frighten the local evangelical vicar, it should not frighten us. So, if you enjoy imaginative play, then this book is amusing ... otherwise don't bother.

  • Spencer
    2018-10-03 09:12

    This started off as an historical overview of occultism and its ties to the Nazis but it gradually descended into overly dry fictional account of how the Nazis researched and used otherworldly forces during world war 2.It was somewhat interesting and I can appreciate what Kenneth Hite was trying to do, but it didn’t quite work for me. The RPG crowd would get some use for this if used to set up weird war campaign or something like that!

  • Justin
    2018-10-22 12:51

    I've been waiting for this book ever since I saw Raiders of the Lost Ark and heard the phrase "Hitler's a big believer in the occult". Ken Hite has taken a lifetime of study of the subject and turned it into a coherent narrative. He traces the Nazis interest in magic from the late 19th century, and the influence of various groups on the evolution of their occult beliefs and structures. I'm not sure if it's a quality of Osprey to exclude them, but for the slower of us at home the book might have been easier to absorb if the info had been presented in supplementary formats (a glossary of terms, a timeline, and a list of people). This concern may be diminished in subsequent readings. Overall, though, this is a great resource on magic on the Third Reich. I look forward to the sequel.

  • Christopher
    2018-10-10 09:02

    Ken Hite is always fun. I'm more than a little bit of a WWII buff, but I consistently couldn't identify the line between history and fiction in this book.

  • Brian Rogers
    2018-10-13 10:14

    This was good, don't get me wrong. It's a slim volume full of nazi occult wackiness, much of which was new to me, that isn't tied down to any game system. It's also densely written, full of interconnections, divided by concept rather than time and not as indexed as I would like. That makes it hard to hop back to and forth between the key players who were involved in more than one part of the German occult movements in the first half of the 20th century.I'm sure I'll find a use for it.

  • Joe Collins
    2018-10-05 16:54

    Interesting book. I am really liking the Osprey Dark series. They are written to appear to be serious works of research instead of obvious fiction. I loved the subtle reference the the events in the movie, "Raiders of the Lost Ark" was actual events.

  • Brian Turner
    2018-10-08 12:01

    First book in Osprey Publishings new "Dark Osprey" imprint. In a fiction-as-fact* approach, they present a breakdown of Hitler's interest in the occult and then branch that into different organisations within the German army with their own agendas and goals.As with all Osprey titles, this is well illustrated, making use of drawings and photo's. It looks at certain actions in detail, explaining the uniforms and insignia of these occult branches of the army.Would appeal to anyone who enjoys the pulp of Indiana Jones, or Weird World War II such as Iron Sky etc.* Unless that's what THEY want you to think, and it may actually be fact-as-fiction, hiding in the open

  • kbreezy
    2018-09-28 13:56

    A fun look at the insane world of the Nazi Occult. Hite writes clearly and concisely, but he also continually blurs the line between historical fact and outright fantasy. He's skilled enough that the truth/fiction line is hard to spot. For example, while it's obvious that German counterinsurgents after WWII (called Werewolves) did not actually include units of actual werewolves, it's not clear whether or not the Germans actually trained units of soldiers in occult magic in the hopes of turning the tide of battle. It's just plausible enough to make you pause, and the book is all the more entertaining because of this.

  • Pedro García
    2018-10-04 13:01

    A medio camino entre la historia y la leyenda, con sutiles toques de humor, da una buena visión de lo que fue o creyó ser el movimiento oculista nazi desde antes de la fundación del partido, hasta... Bueno, si os interesa lo leéis y ya sabréis hasta cuando. Interesados en la historia y el mito, o como trasfondo de una campaña de rol, muy recomendable.

  • Stefan Percy
    2018-10-20 15:59

    Let me say that this was an entertaining book to read, but a little too far up the hokum scale for me.The actual history that is in this book is littered with pure unadulterated BS in my opinion.There was plenty of eye-rolling going on while I read this book... but like I said, it was entertaining to read. I even had a few chuckles while reading it.

  • Steven
    2018-10-19 15:14

    Amazing melding of fictional (or more fringe-belief nonfiction than most accept) and factual accounts and details to craft a great source for any WWII era games or urban fantasy works. The fact that it was hard to sometimes tell where the lines between facts and conjectures popped in make this an exemplary source on how to fold fringe matters into historical fictions.

  • Patrick
    2018-10-22 09:04

    Well put together alternate history of the esoteric side of WWII, specifically the German side of things. I look forward to a companion book covering the esoteric war against the 4th Reich and their secret Antarctic base and squadrons of flying saucers.No, seriously - that's where this book leaves off.

  • E. Kahn
    2018-10-15 13:14

    Yetis, magic battles and Nazi zombies, oh my.This book is pure nonsense but it might be useful to someone planning an RPG campaign with Nazi occultists as villains (or protagonists, if they're real sickos). This might actually be the purpose of the book; the author is apparently involved in the RPG industry.

  • Mike O'Brien
    2018-10-20 13:03

    If you are at all interested in "Weird WWII", this book is for you. The book does a really good job of presenting an overview of various occult and weird science chapters concerning WWII. If you are looking for background for an RPG set in WWII, such as Godlike, or just a fast fun read then this is worth picking up.

  • Jason Williams
    2018-10-14 16:05

    Kenneth Hite has put together an interesting resources for gamers who want to use the Nazi occult themes within their game.There is enough of a blend of fact and fiction to spark ideas for scenarios and campaigns. It is not system specific but instead focuses on key figures and timelines.

  • Tamsen Kopp
    2018-10-17 08:48

    If you are reading this as a 'history' book, take this with a grain (bottle) of salt; unless you believe rituals determined the outcome of battles this might be best thought of as a conspiracy screed only.

  • Nathaniel Cowper
    2018-10-09 09:13

    An amazing work, it's an enjoyable read, especially if you enjoy video games like Wolfenstein and Pathways into Darkness where the Nazis are all about using occult weapons. I'm looking forwards to reading the para-sequel: Nazi Moonbase.

  • Gurvan
    2018-10-06 13:04

    Quite a funny book mixing up truths, half-truths and outright fabrications into a coherent and believable whole...I really enjoyed it and must add that this book should not be taken at face value! But what a nice yarn!

  • Alex Neilson
    2018-10-14 10:16

    Quite a bit more dry than I'd expected it to be, but a useful semi-historical sourcebook nonetheless.

  • Josh
    2018-10-15 11:49

    A great source of material for a Weird War II campaign, or perhaps something a little more modern.

  • Matt Silver
    2018-10-02 17:01

    Kenneth Hite is great at weaving a fiction around some loose facts. Has a reference to a certain New England Professor and procurer of rare antiquities.

  • Jeremiah Genest
    2018-09-27 17:17

    I love a good counterfactual, especially of the occult variety. Hite does an excellent job of taking some of the saner Nazi-occult craziness and turning it into a believable narrative.

  • Ashley
    2018-10-16 16:58

    Just ridiculous. The line between fact and fiction was non-existent. I couldn't finish this.

  • Robert0
    2018-10-14 13:00

    A useful collection of crazy for stories/games set in the time period. Appreciated the implication of Indiana Jones in section on the Ark of the Covenant.