German Wars: A Concise History, 1859-1945
  • German Wars: A Concise History, 1859-1945
  • German Wars: A Concise History, 1859-1945

German Wars: A Concise History, 1859-1945

by Michael A. Palmer
     
 

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What was it about the German Way of War that has resulted in a near universal acceptance of that nation’s battlefield excellence? How did a nation recognized for its military supremacy end up on the losing side of two world wars? Author Michael Palmer offers his two-part thesis:“First, the Germans, unlike the Americans, failed to mature

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What was it about the German Way of War that has resulted in a near universal acceptance of that nation’s battlefield excellence? How did a nation recognized for its military supremacy end up on the losing side of two world wars? Author Michael Palmer offers his two-part thesis:“First, the Germans, unlike the Americans, failed to mature strategically as their nation grew and became more powerful. Second, the Germans, along with virtually everyone else, misinterpreted the lessons of their own successes against Denmark (1864), Austria (1866), and France (1870) and concluded that they had to and could successfully wage short, decisive wars in the age of industrial warfare. Reality caught up with them during the years of 1914 to 1918 and 1939 to 1945, and the world, the Germans included, paid a horribly steep price for that mistake.” Palmer describes the major battles and events of every major German war during this period, offering insight and analysis to help the reader sort out the causes and effects of each war, including:
 
The Franco-Prussian War: “France, an empire, became a republic. The Prussian king became the emperor of a new national German empire. The destruction of French power allowed the Italians to complete the unification of their country.”
 
World War I: “When peace finally came, the Versailles treaty restricted the Weimar Republic, which had replaced the kaiser’s Second Reich, to an army of 100,000 men, a force easily outnumbered by the Poles. They even had to dismantle their infamous general staff.”
  World War II: “Tactically, the Germans retained their superiority until the end of the war. But here, too, the German advantage declined as the war progressed, and Allied tactics improved as their armies learned from experience much of what the Germans had learned from study during the 1920s.”

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Armchair General
"Palmer has succeeded in creating an outstanding short history of the German wars that influenced the development of Europe and the world in the 19th and 20th centuries. It’s a terrific introduction and overview of the subject."

Military Heritage
"...a provocative look at the methods that Germany used to wage war, and why ultimately they failed."

Midwest Book Review
"The German Wars provides a fine survey of how a nation came to be recognized for its military supremacy - despite losing two world wars. Michael Palmer provides an analysis of German military might that discusses their strategic failures, bad assumptions, and how their method of superior warfare became outdated. Chapters describe major battles of Germans and offer fine strategic analysis perfect for military history holdings."

Kepler's Military History Book Reviews
"This is an excellent book...It is highly readable. It would be an excellent addition to the library of any military historian, public library, university library as well as personal collection of persons with interest in European or Trans-Atlantic History."

Bookviews by Alan Caruba
"The German Wars provides both detail and insight regarding a nation called “the Huns” by those it attacked. Feared for its excellence on the battlefield, the irony is that it lost both wars it initiated in the last century, but its full history is filled with a warning for a new generation that faces off against new potential enemies, not the least of which is Iran these days."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760337806
Publisher:
MBI Publishing Company
Publication date:
11/12/2010
Edition description:
First
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

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From the Publisher
Military Heritage
"...a provocative look at the methods that Germany used to wage war, and why ultimately they failed."
 

Armchair General
"Palmer has succeeded in creating an outstanding short history of the German wars that influenced the development of Europe and the world in the 19th and 20th centuries. It’s a terrific introduction and overview of the subject."

Kepler's Military History Book Reviews
"This is an excellent book...It is highly readable. It would be an excellent addition to the library of any military historian, public library, university library as well as personal collection of persons with interest in European or Trans-Atlantic History."
 

Midwest Book Review
"The German Wars provides a fine survey of how a nation came to be recognized for its military supremacy - despite losing two world wars. Michael Palmer provides an analysis of German military might that discusses their strategic failures, bad assumptions, and how their method of superior warfare became outdated. Chapters describe major battles of Germans and offer fine strategic analysis perfect for military history holdings."
 

Bookviews by Alan Caruba
"The German Wars provides both detail and insight regarding a nation called “the Huns” by those it attacked. Feared for its excellence on the battlefield, the irony is that it lost both wars it initiated in the last century, but its full history is filled with a warning for a new generation that faces off against new potential enemies, not the least of which is Iran these days."
 

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