Werd wrote:I'm interested to know why you recommend having both the modern 2019 edition and also the older one. You say the new 2019 is abridged? Interesting. Would you mind going into detail about what is left out? Do you know possibly why things were excised? Possibly David Irving himself commented on why?
The 2019 edition contains 3 books, The War Path and Hitler's War vols 1-2. The book only just comes out to over 1000 pages, the prior edition had less than 1000 pages. If you were to own a single volume edition from 1977 that contained both volumes of Hitler's War without The War Path, that book easily goes beyond 1000 pages.
Irving doesn't mention that the book is abridged in the newest edition, but if you were to own a copy of the 1991 edition, it does say so:
As for what's left out, that's for you to discover. Hence why I recommend you own both editions (plus Irvings new introduction is pretty good). I've noticed a few things, one of importance regarding Barbarossa and a few things cut out of his chapter on the invasion of Poland. I don't have a full list of everything that's been exorcised, nor do I know why Irving cut things out. He hasn't commented on it. I can only imagine it's because if he were to have published all 3 books unabridged, it would run to over 1400 pages, if not more. If you read the 2013 re-issue of The War Path, Irving mentions that 'if time permits' a 3 volume edition of Hitler's War might be released. I imagine if that edition were ever to come to fruition (doubtful) that it'd be unabridged.