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Thomas Lennemann History 5012 German Military History Dr. Antonio S. Thompson Final Project Comparative Book Reviews of books by Robert Citino and Eric Dorn Brose It is difficult to detect much of a stylistic difference in these two books. Citino’s book “ The Death of the Wehrmacht ” is an interesting description of the best and worst times for the German Army in World War II. In “ The Kaiser’s Army ”, Brose’s expose of the men and technology prior to the First World War tells as much about the difficulties that faced the German army during peacetime as in war. After many major successful battles in the early years of the Second World War, the Germans continued their dominance through 1941, rolling through North Africa and began their invasion of the Soviet Union. While concurrently reading another Citino book called “ The German Way of War ”, I soon realized that the author was attempting to incorporate his thesis from his first book into this one. The author believes there is a distinct methodology pointing toward an aggressive attack-oriented military style dating back to early Prussian history. This art of war called “Bewegungskrieg” is introduced in “ The German Way of War ”, and is reinforced in “ The Death of the Wehrmacht ”. Brose also supports Citino’s theme throughout his book. Additionally the term “Auftragstaktik” is used often by Citino. This is the Prussian concept of flexible command or the independence of the subordinate commander. Brose detailed the troubles of modernization through the morass of German bureaucracy, pitting the old guard of the mighty Prussian leadership against the young
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technocrats who believed the archaic tactics would lead to wholesale slaughter against the latest developments in weaponry. He also weaved the socio-political changes that were beginning to develop within the country as the catalyst of the new military thought. Citino described the German Army in early 1942 as nearly invincible.
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