The problem with the german army in world war one argues dennis showalter is that it was an instrument of war and not for war it started with the insouciance of prussian war minister erich von falkenhayn. He chronologically analyzes the roots of the imperial german army how it planned and prepared for wwi the major phases of the war and key battles and provides conclusions regarding why arguably the most professional army in the world lost the war. Instrument of war the german army 1914 18 by dennis showalter is a history of world war i based on the german participation showalter is a retired professor of history past president of the society for military history and joint editor of war in history specializing in comparative military history. Instrument of war the german army 1914 18 dennis showalter at the heart of this book is a study of the nature of the german army and its senior officers and how that impacted on the armys ability to adapt to the circumstances it faced during the first world war. Theres a sort of strange fascination within modeling circles for world war 1 which is hardly surprising taking place a hundred years ago now it was a transitional period for the world at large on a number of levels monarchies and ancient empires were crumbling most of europe was evolving
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