The Myth and Reality of German Warfare: Operational Thinking by Gerhard P. Gross,David T. Zabecki,Robert M. Citino

By Gerhard P. Gross,David T. Zabecki,Robert M. Citino

Surrounded via strength adversaries, nineteenth-century Prussia and twentieth-century Germany confronted the ambitious prospect of multifront wars and wars of attrition. To counteract those threats, generations of basic employees officials have been proficient in operational considering, the most tenets of that have been tremendous influential on army making plans around the globe and have been followed by means of American and Soviet armies. within the 20th century, Germany's paintings of battle ruled army thought and perform, making a fable of German operational brilliance that lingers this day, regardless of the nation's crushing defeats in global wars.

In this seminal examine, Gerhard P. Gross presents a accomplished exam of the improvement and failure of German operational pondering over a interval of greater than a century. He analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of 5 diverse armies, from the mid--nineteenth century throughout the early days of NATO. He additionally deals clean interpretations of towering figures of German army background, together with Moltke the Elder, Alfred von Schlieffen, and Erich Ludendorff. crucial interpreting for army historians and strategists, this cutting edge paintings dismantles adored myths and provides new insights into Germany's failed makes an attempt to develop into an international energy via army means.

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