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A genius for war : the German army and general staff, 1807-1945

Author: Trevor N Dupuy
Publisher: Englewood Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice-Hall, ©1977.
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"Presents the case that the key to German success in war lies not in some biological predisposition for battlefield success, not in adaptation to mindless regimentation, nor in fanatical devotion to leader or cause, but rather in the development and implementation of a unique, creative General Staff system which, by its very design and professionalism, was able to institutionalize excellence"--Jacket.
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Genre/Form: History
Military history
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Dupuy, Trevor N. (Trevor Nevitt), 1916-1995.
Genius for war.
Englewood Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice-Hall, ©1977
(OCoLC)644585542
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Trevor N Dupuy
ISBN: 0133511146 9780133511147
OCLC Number: 3088892
Notes: "A T.N. Dupuy Associates book."
Description: 362 pages, [12] leaves of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue : the riddle of 1944 --
The inconsistent myths --
Frederick the Great & the Prussian army --
The reformers & their new army --
Reform & reaction : marriage of convenience --
Institutionalizing military excellence --
The Prussian army & the general staff : mid-century --
Moltke takes command --
The general staff : the Franco-Prussian War --
Avoiding the nemesis in warfare --
The Schlieffen plan : failure in perfection --
Trenches, barbed wire & defeat --
Picking up the pieces : Groener, Seeckt & the general staff --
Clandestine recovery : the Seeckt era --
Into the Nazi abyss --
Victories & defeat --
Less than supermen --
The institution of excellence --
Epilogue : some implications --
Appendices. A. Chronology ; B. The political & military leadership of Prussia-Germany, 1808-1945 ; C. German performance in World War I ; D.A defence of Schleicher --
E. German performance in World War II ; F. Halder the enigma.
Responsibility: T.N. Dupuy.

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"Presents the case that the key to German success in war lies not in some biological predisposition for battlefield success, not in adaptation to mindless regimentation, nor in fanatical devotion to leader or cause, but rather in the development and implementation of a unique, creative General Staff system which, by its very design and professionalism, was able to institutionalize excellence"--Jacket.

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