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Why the Germans Lose at War

The Myth of German Military Superiority



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'This book is a brilliant account of German military history which makes for thought-provoking reading.' - Military Modelcraft International The German armed forces suffered crushing defeat in the last century. Kenneth Macksey examines the reasons behind these catastrophic military failures. Were they the random fortunes of war, or the inevitable result of a particular structure, leadership and history? A nation with few natural defensive boundaries, Germany traditionally had to struggle to survive, and developed an aggressive and militant outlook. Its great strengths were the brilliance of individual generals and military thinkers, the innovative development of the military forces, and the skill and tenacity of the fighting men. Set against all this was a short-term war policy, a tendency to underestimate the enemy and believe its own propaganda, and the politicisation of the military staffs. These and many other factors were to lead Germany from nineteenth-century success, and dreams of world domination, to twentieth-century defeat. AUTHOR: Kenneth Macksey was a distinguished military historian and former Army officer who served in the Second World War. Amongst many other books, Macksey wrote 'Guderian: Panzer General' and 'Kesselring: Master Strategist of World War II'. He also edited two alternate histories: 'The Hitler Options' and 'Invasion'. 16 pages of b/w plates

Product code: 9781526713674

ISBN 9781526713674
Publisher Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H234xW156
No. Of Pages 240
Explores Germany s catastrophic military failures of the 20th century