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Instrument of war : the German Army 1914-18 / Dennis Showalter.

By: Showalter, Dennis E [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Oxford : Osprey Publishing, 2016Description: 304 pages, 24 pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1472813006; 9781472813008.Subject(s): Germany. Heer -- History -- World War, 1914-1918 | Germany -- History, Military -- 20th century | World War, 1914-1918 -- GermanyDDC classification: 355.3094309/041 Summary: "Forged in the fires of German unification in the 19th century, the German Army in 1914 was the ultimate expression of national identity; yet, despite its tactical and operational successes on the battlefields of World War I, it failed to either capitalize on its victories or learn from its defeats. Drawing on more than a half-century of research and teaching, Professor Dennis Showalter analyzes its place in German society, the challenges of modernization and advances in technology and tactics to tell the story of the German Army of 1914-1918 as an institution: an instrument of war."--Publisher description
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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.

Winner of the 2016 Norman B. Tomlinson, Jr. Book Prize, in association with the World War One Historical Association.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-298) and index.

"Forged in the fires of German unification in the 19th century, the German Army in 1914 was the ultimate expression of national identity; yet, despite its tactical and operational successes on the battlefields of World War I, it failed to either capitalize on its victories or learn from its defeats. Drawing on more than a half-century of research and teaching, Professor Dennis Showalter analyzes its place in German society, the challenges of modernization and advances in technology and tactics to tell the story of the German Army of 1914-1918 as an institution: an instrument of war."--Publisher description

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction and Acknowledgements (p. 6)
  • Chapter I Portents and Preliminaries (p. 8)
  • Chapter II Autumn of Decision (p. 39)
  • Chapter III Reevaluating (p. 84)
  • Chapter IV Verdun and the Somme: End of an Army (p. 130)
  • Chapter V Reconfigurations (p. 174)
  • Chapter VI Climax and Denouement (p. 225)
  • Coda (p. 271)
  • Notes (p. 274)
  • Bibliography (p. 297)
  • Index (p. 299)

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Publishers Weekly Review

Showalter (The Wars of German Unification), an expert in German military history at Colorado College, synthesizes the key aspects of the German Imperial Army experience during WWI In this comprehensive single-volume history. He chronologically analyzes the roots of the Imperial German Army, how it planned and prepared for WWI, the major phases of the war, and key battles, and provides conclusions regarding why arguably the most professional army in the world lost the war. The book is very comprehensive given its size. Showalter covers such diverse topics as infantry equipment, defensive and offensive tactics, the failure of the Schlieffen Plan, important personalities, the politics of strategy and high command, and the social and political environment of WWI Germany. The insights are unmatched and intriguing, and in many cases Showalter debunks or explains myths regarding the war. This work may be a challenge to readers not already familiar with the war. Showalter's analysis of all aspects of the German Army experience in WWI is a must-read for anyone with an interest in WWI or German military history. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.