The Wehrmacht Retreats: Fighting a Lost War, 1943

The Wehrmacht Retreats: Fighting a Lost War, 1943

by Robert M. Citino
     
 

A prize-winning historian chronicles the weakening Germany army in 1943, now fighting on the defensive but still remarkably dangerous and lethal. Reveals how the Wehrmacht, heirs to a military tradition that demanded relentless offensive operations, finally succumbed to the realities of its own overreach.See more details below

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A prize-winning historian chronicles the weakening Germany army in 1943, now fighting on the defensive but still remarkably dangerous and lethal. Reveals how the Wehrmacht, heirs to a military tradition that demanded relentless offensive operations, finally succumbed to the realities of its own overreach.

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Library Journal
In this follow-up to Death of the Wehrmacht: The German Campaigns of 1942, Citino (history, Univ. of North Texas) examines the campaigns in Russia and North Africa that sapped the Wehrmacht of its offensive strength to the point where only localized, limited offensives would be possible. An expert on the "German way of war," he cites the German military tradition of emphasizing the offensive over defense as being a prime reason for the sapping of the Wehrmacht's power in the pivotal year 1943. It is a compelling argument, well illustrated by Citino's examination of the year's campaigns, and a good counterpoint to the idea that it was Hitler or Nazism that led to military defeat. Citino instead shows that the German way of war, starting with Frederick the Great, had become outmoded and untenable in the era of mass production. VERDICT This is a well-written and very readable work that will interest those looking for more depth in their understanding of the military history of World War II. Recommended for readers with knowledge of World War II or an interest in military history.—Brian K. DeLuca, Enoch Pratt Free Lib., Baltimore

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700618262
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Publication date:
01/24/2012
Series:
Modern War Studies Series
Pages:
440
Sales rank:
416,460
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

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