Quarrie, Bruce.


Wellingborough, 1st ed., 1989. 401 pp., numerous photo-ills., + ills. D.j., 24 x 20cm. FINE. From the Kaiser's army during the First World War to the 12 divisions of the modern Bundeswehr which stand in NATO's front line, this book examines practically every aspect of German army organisation and equipment from 1900 to the present day. Never before has so much detail on the subject been presented within the covers of a single book, much of it otherwise unavailable except in German. There is a chronology of the major events of the First World War followed by data panels and descriptions of the small arms, artillery and vehicles of the period. It also describes new weapons brought into service during the 1920's. A major part of the book is inevitably devoted to the rise in power of Hitler, German rearmament after 1933 and the relationship between the Nazi Party, the Army and the Waffen-SS, plus the creation of Luftwaffe parachute forces and field divisions. The Second World War, for which a chronology is again provided, produced a spate of new weapons, data being given for each. Finally, the book shows why West Germany was able to build up a new army so soon after 1945 and what a vital part of NATO it now is. Again, there is data on all weapons systems and vehicles from 1955 to the present day. This book is illustrated with 500 photographs and constant 1:76 scale plans of the most important weapons and vehicles, both static and in action, making it the most comprehensive single reference source on the subject ever published.

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