Zebra World at War Series # 13. When Hitler came to power in 1933 the once-mighty German Army and its leaders were in disarray. Some of them saw him as a savior and backed his brutal play on the Night of the Long Knives, when he wiped out his rivals in the Nazi party. They lived to rue the day when Hitler purged the key officers of the General Staff.Fine. New York, N.Y. 1980 Kensington Publishing Company, 2nd Pr., 343 Pgs., Mass Market Paperback.