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Instrument of War

The German Army 1914-18
Narrated by: Julian Elfer
Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
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Drawing on more than a half-century of research and teaching, Dennis Showalter presents a fresh perspective on the German Army during World War I. Showalter surveys an army at the heart of a national identity, driven by - yet also defeated by - warfare in the modern age, that struggled to capitalize on its victories, and ultimately forgot the lessons of its defeat.

Exploring the internal dynamics of the German Army, detailing how the soldiers coped with the many new forms of warfare, Showalter shows how the army's institutions responded and how Germany itself was changed by war. He goes on to detail the major campaigns on the Western and Eastern Fronts and the forgotten war fought in the Middle East and Africa, revealing operational strategy, the complexities of campaigns of movement versus static trench warfare, and the changes in warfare.

©2016 Dennis Showalter (P)2018 Tantor

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German Side Of WW1

Excellent book. German Armies War, just a dash of Navy. Not a General History Of All sides. Some new material for me at least. Well reasoned and written

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Interesting, very good written and explained

Really enjoyed this thoroughly informative book about the German army in world war one. I would recommend if you have any interest in the topic. Detailed and precise in it's explanations its analysis and its conclusion.

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  • S. Moorcroft
  • 07-05-18

Mass Slaughter with a Light Touch?

This is a creditable enough analysis of the structure, composition and nature of the German army from the Franco Prussian War to 1918. It is spoiled in its description of the actual fighting by frequent descents into flippant asides and 'witty' reflections.