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Command culture : officer education in the U.S. Army and the German Armed Forces, 1901-1940, and the consequences for World War II

Author: Jörg Muth
Publisher: Denton, Tex. : University of North Texas Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This study examines the command culture of the US Army officer corps, encompassing the formal culture as taught by military schools as well as the informal culture as reinforced by peers, and compares it to the command culture of the German Army. The men studied were career officers in the regular army, commissioned during or after 1901 but mainly between 1909 and 1925. Most of the American officers studied attended  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jörg Muth
ISBN: 9781574413038 1574413031 9781574415339 1574415336
OCLC Number: 694392539
Description: x, 366 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prelude: Military relations between the United States and Germany and the Great General Staff fantasy --
The selection and commissioning of officers --
No "brother officers": cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point --
"To learn how to die": Kadetten in Germany --
Intermediate advanced education and promotion --
The importance of doctrine and how to manage: the American command and General Staff school and the overlooked infantry school --
The importance of the attack and how to lead: the German Kriegsakademie --
Conclusions --
Education, culture, and consequences --
Author's afterword --
Officers' rank index.
Responsibility: Jörg Muth.
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This study examines the command culture of the US Army officer corps, encompassing the formal culture as taught by military schools as well as the informal culture as reinforced by peers, and compares it to the command culture of the German Army. The men studied were career officers in the regular army, commissioned during or after 1901 but mainly between 1909 and 1925. Most of the American officers studied attended The Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia, and the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Their German counterparts attended the Kriegsakademie or its substitute institutes between 1912 and 1938. The study focuses on who had access to the schools and which processes men had to follow to continue; it is also concerned with the teaching philosophies of the schools, didactics and pedagogies used, and the attitudes of faculty. The study concludes by examining intermediate professional military education in both armies. The book contains b & w historical photos.

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