The German Way of War: From the Thirty Years' War to the Third Reich

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University Press of Kansas, 2005 - History - 428 pages
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For Frederick the Great, the prescription for warfare was simple: kurz und vives (short and lively) - wars that relied upon swift, powerful, and decisive military operations. Robert Citino takes us on a dramatic march through Prussian and German military history to show how that primal theme played out time and time again. Citino focuses on operational warfare to demonstrate continuity in German military campaigns from the time of Elector Frederick Wilhelm and his great sleigh-drive against the Swedes to the age of Adolf Hitler and the blitzkrieg to the gates of Moscow. Along the way, he underscores the role played by the Prussian army in elevating a small, vulnerable state to the ranks of the European powers, describes how nineteenth-century victories over Austria and France made the German army the most respected in Europe, and reviews the lessons learned from the trenches of World War I.

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Intéressant. La théorie est simple et claire. On comprend bien que les Allemands, quand ils veulent faire la guerre, doivent gagner rapidement parce qu'ils n'ont ni les ressources ni les grands espaces qui leur permettent ni de durer ni de reculer pour attendre des jours meilleurs. Ils sont devenus les artistes du mouvement d'encerclement.
Cependant,Citino est répétitif: il argumente comme un collégien qui est content d'avoir trouvé une bonne idée qui marche. il la répète trois fois par page. Cela devient lassant et ne donne pas envie de lire le livre qui suit sur la mort de la Wermacht part peur de ce répétitisme qui ennuie.
Comme tous les auteurs, Citino devrait se taire quand il a dit ce qu'ilavait à dire et non pas essayer de faire une longueur de livre qui devient rapidement un livre trop long.

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Brings into perspective the "German Way of War." How Germany made 600 years of quick, short range wars, fought on the cheap, successful. When the conflicts became protracted and distant success was ... Read full review


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Robert M. Citino is professor of history at Eastern Michigan University.

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