Instrument of War

The German Army 1914–18

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Instrument of War

The German Army 1914–18

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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 to 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 effects of changes in warfare.

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

Table of Contents

Introduction and Acknowledgements
Chapter I: Portents and Preliminaries
Chapter II: Autumn of Decision
Chapter III:Reevaluating
Chapter IV: Verdun and the Somme: End of an Army
Chapter V: Reconfigurations
Chapter VI: Climax and Denouement
Coda
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Product details

Published Jun 19 2018
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 368
ISBN 9781472829801
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 24pp plate section in black and white
Dimensions 198 x 129 mm
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Dennis Showalter

Dennis Showalter is Professor of History at Colora…

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