THE PATH TO BLITZKRIEG : DOCTRINE AND TRAINING IN THE GERMAN ARMY, 1920 ' 1939.

Citino, Robert M.


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Lynne Rienner, 1st ed., 1999. Ix + 281 pp. Black cloth ; red ; 23 x 15cm. From the working collection of the late Dr. David Westwood, a military and naval historian and author of several books, with a little highlighting to some pages ; slight bend to the covers o/w V.G. Right from the start of World War II, the German army terrified the world with Blitzkrieg, its form of mobilized warfare. How the Germans rebuilt their army after defeat in World War I, getting around the prohibition of the treaty at Versailles, is a major question in military history. The author shows that German officers of the Reichswehr, (the army of the Weimer Republic,) such as General Hans von Seeckt, General Wilhelm Groener, and Colonel Lutz, initiated and carried out a thorough reform of the army's war-fighting doctrine and capability that laid the groundwork for Hitler's rearmament of Germany. Using largely unpublished sources from American and German archives, the author examines key autumn manoeuvres of the German army in the 1930s, thereby tracing the development of the Reichswehr into the Wehrmacht, one of history's most exceptional war machines.


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