The German Way of War PDF ePub eBook

Books Info:

The German Way of War free pdf For Frederick the Great, the prescription for warfare was simple: kurz und vives ("short and lively") wars that relied upon swift, powerful, and decisive military operations. Robert Citino takes us on a dramatic march through Prussian and German military history to show how that primal theme played out time and time again. Citino focuses on operational warfare to demonstrate continuity in German military campaigns from the time of Elector Frederick Wilhelm and his great "sleigh-drive" against the Swedes to the age of Adolf Hitler and the blitzkrieg to the gates of Moscow. Along the way, he underscores the role played by the Prussian army in elevating a small, vulnerable state to the ranks of the European powers, describes how nineteenth-century victories over Austria and France made the German army the most respected in Europe, and reviews the lessons learned from the trenches of World War I. Through this long view, Citino reveals an essential recurrent pattern characterized by rapid troop movements and surprise attacks, maneuvers to outflank the enemy, and a determination to annihilate the opposition that made it possible for the Germans to fight armies often larger than their own. He highlights the aggressiveness of Prussian and German commanders trained simply to find the enemy and keep attacking and destroys the myth of Auftragstaktik ("flexible command"), replacing it with the independence of subordinate commanders. He also brings new interpretations to well-known operations, such as Moltke's 1866 campaign and the opening campaign in 1914, while introducing readers to less familiar but important battles like Langensalza and the Annaberg. The German way of war, as Citino shows, was fostered by the development of a widely accepted and deeply embedded military culture that supported and rewarded aggression. His book offers a fresh look at one of the most remarkable, respected, and reviled militaries of the past half millennium and marks another sterling contribution to the history of operational warfare."

About Robert M. Citino

Robert M. Citino is professor of history at Eastern Michigan University and, during 2008-2009, will hold the Charles Boal Ewing Chair of Military History at West Point. His books include Quest for Decisive Victory, Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm and Death of the Wehrmacht.

Details Book

Author : Robert M. Citino
Publisher : University Press of Kansas
Data Published : 15 October 2008
ISBN : 0700616241
EAN : 9780700616244
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 448 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
Rating :

Reviews The German Way of War

17 Comments Add a comment

Related eBooks Download

  • Tip of the Spear free pdfTip of the Spear

    During World War II. German armored reconnaissance laid the groundwork--often through small-unit actions--for the stunning tank and infantry operations that made the German military famous..

  • Hitlers Forgotten Armies free pdfHitlers Forgotten Armies

    The German campaigns in the northern theatre of operations encompassing Denmark. Norway. Finland and the far north of Russia are detailed in this long neglected account of the campaign as described from the German point of view..

  • Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler free pdfWall Street and the Rise of Hitler

    'The contribution made by American capitalism to German war preparations can only be described as phenomenal. It was certainly crucial to German military capabilities..

  • Germans in Queensland free pdfGermans in Queensland

    This collection of essays considers the contribution made by German settlers in Queensland over the last century and a half of the state's history. The volume also analyses the role of other German travellers and visitors who have had an impact on the state..

  • The School and the Army in Germany and France free pdfThe School and the Army in Germany and France

    Excerpt from The School and the Army in Germany and France: With a Diary of Siege Life at Versailles The first of the following work is a faithful record of my personal observation of German military life and service during a part of the late Franco-Prussian war..

  • The German Way of War free pdfThe German Way of War

    . For Frederick the Great, the prescription for warfare was simple: kurz und vives ("short and lively") wars that relied upon swift, powerful, and decisive military operations. Robert Citino takes us