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 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.

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

Product details

Published Nov 22 2016
Format Hardback
Edition 1st
Extent 328
ISBN 9781472813008
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 25 b/w
Dimensions 9 x 6 inches
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Dennis Showalter

Dennis Showalter is Professor of History at Colora…


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