Goodspeed, D. J.


1st ed., 1966. Xiii + 272 pp., 19 photo & other plates + 8 maps. D.j., 23 x 15cm. V.G. General Erich Ludendorff was the greatest general to emerge from World War I, a fine strategist, tactician and military innovator. For the last years of the war he became the virtual dictator of Germany, reorganising the administration and finance for the good of the war drive. His ultimate recognition of Germany’s inevitable defeat destroyed him both as a general and as an individual. The author, a Colonel, traces Ludendorff’s career from his early days in the Red House in Berlin, where he ironed out the details of the Schlieffen Plan, through his super-vision of the Eastern and Western campaigns, to the sordid intrigues of his cloak-and-dagger affiliation with Hitler. This complex Prussian for a time held Europe under his spell. His conduct of the war is held by some to be responsible for the advent of Nazism: certainly he ensured that the Germany of the Kaiser could no longer be permitted to exist. An intriguing biography.

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