Social the german army was made the up of conscripts

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Unformatted text preview: he Army and German Society The garrison was the centre of The social life in Imperial Germany. social The German Army was made The up of conscripts – every male between the ages of 17 and 45 was eligible for military service. was The Army therefore touched The the lives of the majority of the German population. German The Army an important The unifying institution and focus for patriotic feeling. for A uniform entitled the wearer uniform to the respect of his fellow Germans. Germans. The Officer Corps The Officer Corps The higher ranks still The dominated by the aristocracy. dominated Freedom from parliamentary Freedom oversight gave the military virtual political autonomy. virtual Direct access to the Kaiser. “We belong to each other, the army and I – we were born born for each other.” Wilhelm II The Officer Corps The Officer Corps The higher ranks still The dominated by the aristocracy. dominated Freedom from parliamentary Freedom oversight gave the military virtual political autonomy. virtual Direct access to the Kaiser. Contempt for civilians and Contempt politicians. politicians. David Stone: the lack of a war David to fight after 1871...
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