The Roots of Blitzkrieg: Hans von Seeckt and German Military Reform

The Roots of Blitzkrieg: Hans von Seeckt and German Military Reform

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by James S. Corum
     
 

ISBN-10: 0700606289

ISBN-13: 9780700606283

Pub. Date: 10/28/1992

Publisher: University Press of Kansas

Following Germany's defeat in World War I, the Germans signed the Versailles Treaty, superficially agreeing to limit their war powers. The Allies envisioned the future German army as a lightly armed border guard and international security force. The Germans had other plans.

As early as 1919, James Corum contends, the tactical foundations were being laid for the

Overview

Following Germany's defeat in World War I, the Germans signed the Versailles Treaty, superficially agreeing to limit their war powers. The Allies envisioned the future German army as a lightly armed border guard and international security force. The Germans had other plans.

As early as 1919, James Corum contends, the tactical foundations were being laid for the Nazi Blitzkrieg. Between 1919 and 1933, German military leaders created and nurtured the Reichswehr, a new military organization built on the wreckage of the old Imperial Army. It was not being groomed for policing purposes.

Focusing on Hans von Seeckt, General Staff Chief and Army Commander, Corum traces the crucial transformations in German military tactical doctrine, organization, and training that laid the foundations for fighting Germany's future wars. In doing so, he restores balance to prior assessment of von Seeckt's influence and demonstrates how the general, along with a few other "visionary" officers—including armor tactician Ernst Volckheim and air tactician Helmut Wilberg—collaborated to develop the core doctrine for what became the Blitzkrieg.

The concepts of mobile war so essential to Germany's strength in World War II, Corum shows, were in place well before the tools became available. As an unforeseen consequence of the Versailles Treaty, the Germans were not saddled with a stockpile of outdated equipment as the Allies were. This, ironically, resulted in an advantage for the Germans, who were able to create doctrine first and design equipment to match it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700606283
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Publication date:
10/28/1992
Series:
Modern War Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
276
Sales rank:
892,478
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface

1. The Lessons of World War I

2. Von Seeckt and Rethinking Warfare

3. Debate within the Reichswehr

4. Training the Reichswehr

5. Developing Modern Weaponry

6. The Development of German Armor Doctrine

7. Developing a Reichswehr Air Doctrine

8. The Reichswehr as a Mature Military Force

9. Epilogue

Appendix: Proposed Reichswehr Tables of Organization and Equipment from the 1920s

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

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