The German Way of War: From the Thirty Years' War to the Third Reich
University Press of Kansas, 2005 - 428 trang
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.
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The question posed by Zorndorf is, What happens when the operational
maneuver doesn't work? We might broaden it to ask, What happens when the
rapid maneuver-based victory eludes an army that is trained only to achieve one
Not every legacy of Zorndorf was negative, however. It can be argued that a
history of the German way of war is also a history of the idea of flexible command:
the supreme commander deciding on a mission while his battlefield leaders ...
German General Staff, Zorndorf und Hochkirch, p. 137. 77. Poseck, "Zorndorf," p.
237, has Seydlitz emerging out of a "cloud of smoke." 78. Friederich, "Schlacht
bei Zorndorf," pp. 311-312. 79. See German General Staff, Zorndorf und
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Robert Citino's book is a very good compendium of the art of making war according to the Prussian-Germans, from the 17th century to the 20th. The common thread that links all the wars of the Prussian ... Đọc toàn bộ bài đánh giá
With enthusianism, I consider this splendid book as one of the greatest works about the military history! It comprises of many brilliant victories of the Germans in their glorious history, under the great soldiers Frederick the Great, Blucher, Moltke....! Highly regards! (2011)
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