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Fighting for the Fatherland: The Story of the German Soldier from 1648 to the Present Day

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Fighting for the Fatherland traces and analyzes three and a half centuries of the evolution of the German fighting man and the armies in which he served. It sets his patriotism against his cultural background and against the ever-changing national imperatives of his time.

The German soldier's cultural legacy encompasses the romanticized Teutonic legends of Germanic mythology. The more immediate and pragmatic imperatives of Brandenburg's and Prussia's national survival during the...

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Overview

Fighting for the Fatherland traces and analyzes three and a half centuries of the evolution of the German fighting man and the armies in which he served. It sets his patriotism against his cultural background and against the ever-changing national imperatives of his time.

The German soldier's cultural legacy encompasses the romanticized Teutonic legends of Germanic mythology. The more immediate and pragmatic imperatives of Brandenburg's and Prussia's national survival during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries reinforced the Germans' emerging awareness of their wider national identity, precipitating the heady brew of spectacular military victories and imperialist aspirations that dominated the following century. But then came the humiliating Versailles Treaty and the pervasive lure of National Socialism, a perverse path that left Germany divided in 1945 after a world war that saw both the zenith and nadir of the German soldier's fortunes. Finally, yet another culture, with its very different priorities, today underwrites the post-Cold War Bundeswehr of a reunified Germany.

David Stone explores the true nature of the German soldier-his motivation, his preparation for war, his conduct in battle-and those aspects of his training, organization, leadership, and lifestyle that reveal why this fighter for his fatherland has proven so formidable and has had such a pronounced impact upon European and world history during the past 350 years. With a foreword by Richard Holmes.

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"…provides an excellent study…a well-balanced portrait."

“A valuable read for anyone interested in military history.”

"This is the most comprehensive and accessible account of the German soldier ever published in English. It also shows, once again, the merit of having such a history written by an author who blends military experience with academic perception. I recommend it very highly."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597971867
  • Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/30/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 466
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

David Stone served as an infantry officer in the British Army for more than thirty-five years, during which time many of his assignments were in Germany. His books include "First Reich": Inside the German Army During the War with France, 1870-71; Wars of the Cold War; Campaigns and Conflicts, 1945–1990; and War Summits: The Meetings That Shaped World War II and the Postwar World (Potomac Books, Inc., 2005). He lives in Devon, England.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Richard Holmes 7

Introduction and Acknowledgements 11

Part 1 Origins 17

1 Myths, Legends and History 19

2 Conceived in Chaos: Germany and the Thirty Years War, 1618-1648 25

3 'For King and Fatherland': Brandenburg and Prussia, 1640-1713 33

4 Era of the Drill Sergeants: the Army of 'the Soldier King', 1713-1740 53

5 Masters of the Battlefield: the Army of Frederick the Great, 1740-1786 60

6 Complacency, Stagnation and Defeat, 1786-1806 86

7 Renaissance, Revolution and Reform, 1807-1857 98

Part 2 The Golden Age 119

8 Dress Rehearsals: the Wars of 1864 and 1866 121

9 Anatomy of a Modern War Machine, 1866-1870 133

10 Clash of Eagles: the War with France, 1870-1871 147

11 Prelude to an Inferno: Mars-la-Tour, 1870 157

12 The Inferno: Gravelotte-St-Privat and Sedan, 1870 171

13 Total War: Unification and the Defeat of France, 1871 193

14 An Imperial Hubris, 1871-1914 221

Part 3 Into the Abyss 249

15 A War on Two Fronts, 1914 251

16 Stalemate in the West: Trench Warfare, 1915-1918 268

17 The Warrior Betrayed: the Last Offensive and the Armistice, 1918 286

18 The Road to Perdition, 1919-1935 294

19 Rearmament, Regeneration and Matters of Conscience, 1935-1939 317

20 Unleashing the Blitzkrieg, 1939-1940 329

21 'Barbarossa' to 'Zitadelle': the Eastern Front, 1941-1943 345

22 The Way to Armageddon, 1944-1945 359

Part 4 Resurrection and Rehabilitation 367

23 Cold War Warriors, 1945-1990 369

24 Reunification and the Bundeswehr in the 21st Century 391

Notes 406

German-English Glossary 421

Select Bibliography and Other Sources 426

Appendices

1 The Universal Soldier: fromLandsknecht to Legionnaire 430

2 The Army of Frederick the Great in 1760 440

3 Prussian Order of Battle, June 1866 442

4 The Army of the North German Confederation in 1870 444

5 The German Army 1880-1900 446

6 The German Army in 1914 448

7 German Rearmament (Army) 1933-1939 449

8 The Bundeswehr Field Army in 1986 453

9 Bundeswehr Operational Deployments 1990-2005 455

10 Bundeswehr 'Structure 2010' 456

Index 458

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