Now available for the first time in English, Lossberg's memoir explains how he developed, tested, and implemented his central principles flexibility, decentralized control, and counterattack which were based on a need to adapt to shifting conditions on the battlefield. Lossberg first put his theory of elastic defense combined with defense-in-depth into practice during the Battle of Arras (AprilMay 1917), where it succeeded. At the Battle of Passchendaele (JuneNovember 1917), his achievements on the field proved the feasibility of his strategy of employing a thinly manned front line that minimized the number of soldiers exposed to artillery fire. Lossberg's tactical modernizations have become essential components of army doctrine, and Lossberg's War: The World War I Memoirs of A German Chief of Staff will take readers inside the mind of one of the most significant military innovators of the twentieth century.
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"This memoir is arguably the best of its genre: objectively presented, seeking explanations as opposed to assigning blame, eschewing the backbiting and recriminations that increasingly permeated the German high command as defeat loomed ever larger." Michael Neiberg, author of Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I
"David Zabecki brings a lifetime of real military experience as well as deep understandings of Germany, command, staff work, and World War I, among other topics. He has worked in the archives at Freiburg more often than probably any other non-German and can therefore place Lossberg in the widest historical context." Dennis Showalter, author of Instrument of War: The German Army 191418