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David Stone,Richard Holmes
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Fighting for the Fatherland traces and analyzes three and a half centuries of the evolution of the German fighting .

Fighting for the Fatherland traces and analyzes three and a half centuries of the evolution of the German fighting man and the armies in which he served. It sets his patriotism against his cultural background and against the ever-changing national imperatives of his time. The German soldier's cultural legacy encompasses the romanticized Teutonic legends of Germanic mythology. The book loses it's luster when it gets to the Franco-Prussian War. Nearly 100 pages, or basically one-fourth of the book is dedicated to that war. That is somewhat understandable, because this was a very pivotal time in German history.

Fighting For The Fatherland book. Fighting for the Fatherland traces and analyzes three and a half centuries of the evolution of the German fighting man and the armies in which he served

Fighting For The Fatherland book. Fighting for the Fatherland traces and analyzes three and a half centuries of the evolution of the German fighting man and the armies in which he served. The German soldier's cultural legacy encompasses the romanticized Teutonic legends of Germanic.

His other titles include the acclaimed 'First Reich' (2002), Battles in Focus: Dien Bien Phu (2004), Wars of the Cold War (2004) and War Summits (2005). He also wrote Cold War Warriors (1998) and was a consultant and co-author of World War II Chronicle (2007). Country of Publication.

60-day returns - Free returns. Fighting for the Fatherland. David Stone is a former British army infantry officer. Much of his service was in Germany, both with and alongside soldiers of the Bundeswehr in peacetime and on operations

60-day returns - Free returns. This work traces and analyses the evolution of the German fighting man and the army in which he served during three and a half centuries. Much of his service was in Germany, both with and alongside soldiers of the Bundeswehr in peacetime and on operations. He became a military historian in 2002, and is the author of the authoritative works Hitler's Army: The Men, Machines and Organisation, 1939-1945 (2009) and Fighting for the Fatherland: The Story of the German Soldier from 1648 to the Present Day (2006).

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Home David Stone Fighting for the Fatherland: The Story of the German Soldier. From the Publisher: Presents a groundbreaking study of the evolution to the present day of one of history's most formidable war machines, the German army and its soldiers. Covers the full spectrum of German militarism: great victories and crushing defeats; professionalism, duty, self-sacrifice, and honor; duplicity and atrocities. Will prove to be an essential reference for historians, students, and the general reader of military history.

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Much of his service was in Germany, both with and alongside soldiers of the Bundeswehr in peacetime and on operations.

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In this comprehensive book, David Stone describes and analyses every aspect of the German Army as it existed under Kaiser Wilhelm II, encompassing its development and antecedents, organisation, personnel, weapons and equipment, its inherent strengths an. .

In this comprehensive book, David Stone describes and analyses every aspect of the German Army as it existed under Kaiser Wilhelm II, encompassing its development and antecedents, organisation, personnel, weapons and equipment, its inherent strengths and weaknesses, and its victories and defeats as it fought on many fronts throughout World War I. The book deals in considerable detail with the origins and creation of the German army, examining the structure of power in German politics and wider society, and the nation's imperial ambitions, along with the ways in which.

Fighting for the Fatherland traces and analyzes three and a half centuries of the evolution of the German fighting man and the armies in which he served. It sets his patriotism against his cultural background and against the ever-changing national imperatives of his time.The German soldier's cultural legacy encompasses the romanticized Teutonic legends of Germanic mythology. The more immediate and pragmatic imperatives of Brandenburg's and Prussia's national survival during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries reinforced the Germans' emerging awareness of their wider national identity, precipitating the heady brew of spectacular military victories and imperialist aspirations that dominated the following century. But then came the humiliating Versailles Treaty and the pervasive lure of National Socialism, a perverse path that left Germany divided in 1945 after a world war that saw both the zenith and nadir of the German soldier's fortunes. Finally, yet another culture, with its very different priorities, today underwrites the post-Cold War Bundeswehr of a reunified Germany. David Stone explores the true nature of the German soldier-his motivation, his preparation for war, his conduct in battle-and those aspects of his training, organization, leadership, and lifestyle that reveal why this fighter for his fatherland has proven so formidable and has had such a pronounced impact upon European and world history during the past 350 years. With a foreword by Richard Holmes.
  • In a strange way this book mirrors much of German military performance in the World Wars, in which effective tactical execution could not overcome a fundamentally flawed strategy. Anyone looking to learn about the experience + attitudes of the ordinary German soldier, as promised on the jacket, will come away largely disappointed. There are several awkward passages of this type, but they seem like an afterthought to what is basically a top-down history of the German military machine. There is a similar imbalance in chronology: individual battles of the Franco-German War of 1870-71 are treated in detail down to small units, so that each one of these battles receives almost as much space as all of WW2. This book seems to have started out as a history of the 1870 conflict which was subsequently broadened by tacking on brief summaries of earlier and later material. To its credit, the book achieves a successful continuity, so that one can see how each phase of German military history influenced later ones, culminating in the catastrophe of WW2. A reader can thus understand how the mentality of that war arose, though I do not think that the author places enough emphasis on the criminal behavior of the Wehrmacht, especially in the East. That war was decisive in German history not only because of the absolute military defeat but because the military betrayed the tradition of honor it had supposedly valued for two centuries.

  • I had very high hopes for this book. I briefly read a few excerpts from the local Barnes and Noble, and what I saw, I liked. As soon as I could, I purchased this book from Amazon. It is fairly good overview of all of German history, with a particular emphasis on the German soldier. That is what makes this book good, when it sticks to talking about the soldiers, and anything particularly relating to them.

    Unfortunately, some parts of the book are just unncessary because he carries it beyond that for no real reason.

    The book is pretty good, starting at the Thirty Years War, and continuing throughout the reign of Frederick the Great, and then the wars of liberation against Napoleon. The book loses it's luster when it gets to the Franco-Prussian War. Nearly 100 pages, or basically one-fourth of the book is dedicated to that war. That is somewhat understandable, because this was a very pivotal time in German history. It would have been better, however, if he had just done what he did with all other wars in German history covered by his book. Every other war starts with the equivalent of "a deep look at this war goes beyond the scope of this book" (which gets very annoying to hear, chapter after chapter, by the way). He devotes an entire chapter to every major battle in the Franco-Prussian war, and this diverts the attention from the main focus of this book... the German soldier. 100 pages is not enough to cover in-depth the Franco-Prussian war, and 100 pages is too much attention paid to it in a book that is supposed to only look at the German soldier, and breezes through every other war. I suggest anyone to just pick up Geoffrey Wawro's book on the Franco-Prussian war. You simply can't learn enough about the war simply frmo this book, because he breezes over it too quickly to give anyone a clear understanding of the war. For every other war, he expects the reader to have background knowledge, or to acquire it elsewhere, and he should have done the same for this war. Like he said... an in-depth coverage of the war is "beyond the scope of this work".

    I also don't agree with the author that WW2 was less important than the Franco-Prussian war. They both completely changed Germany. One created Germany, the other destroyed it. And I would argue that WW2 was more important, because it completely changed German society, and the way the German soldier is viewed... that never happened due to the Franco-Prussian war.

    The book seems to shine again near the end when he talks about the Bundeswehr. I have not found too many books that cover the Bundeswehr, so this was helpful, especially since most history books about the German army end at 1945. Unfortunately, the author suddenly takes a political stance in the last two chapters (not counting his vehement hatred of National Socialist Germany... although understandable, completely unnecessary to state in this book as his opinion of Nazi Germany doesn't matter... he is supposed to be talking about the soldiers). He takes a very anti-war line when speaking of the war in Iraq. All he had to mention was that the German government is not getting involved and why, but instead he says the war is going very badly, etc, etc... something you would expect to hear from political pundits on CNN. It was completely unnecessary for some of his opinions to be thrust in the book, but apparently he just could not help himself.

    The book really shines in the appendices! This will always be a very useful reference book (albeit, there are books dedicated to these statistics that are better suited for reference, but this is a very clear, clean way of looking at things quickly). The appendices contain a lot of order of battle information, and statistics about how many regiments, divisions, etc that were in the Germany army at different points in history. It was very helpful, and I commend the author for putting these in, I think they are pretty amazing.

    Overall, this book is pretty good. It should not be used as a general history of Germany, only as what it's title suggests... it is really a history of the German soldier. It has a few problems in the middle of the book, but once you overpass that hurdle it gets going really well again. The few problems in the last two chapters are not a big deal. The two chapters were great besides a few lines of politics that the author put in. Very few books are out there with such up to date information about the Bundeswehr (running all the way to late 2005). I recommend this book, but if you are really interested in German history, be prepared to buy separate books covering all of the wars, as this book simply will not present to you a comprehensive history of Germany, just as the title suggests it should not.

  • There were so many things I've learned reading this book, that I can recommend it to anybody who looks to increase his knowledge on the reasons for German excellence regarding armies and War.
    A must read if you are interested.

  • First of all, let's clear up one critical issue: this is NOT a book on the "German Soldier"; it's a military history of Prussia and modern Germany stretching back to the times of Frederick, the Great Elector. It gives the order of battle for just about every war fought by Prussia and Germany since the 1600's, but there's virtually NOTHING about the training, equipment, and psychology of the individual soldier, which is supposed to be the book's main subject (according to the synopsis on the jacket).

    If you're looking for an overview of German and Prussian battlefield tactics and strategy in the period from 1600-1945, this isn't a bad reference (although the material on the present-day Bundeswehr borders on the pathetic). As a history of the German fighting man, though, this book is a complete waste of money.

    I'm still trying to figure out what the publishers were thinking in promoting this book.

  • A good intro to German military history. Will take you further through the references. General overview books like this are very good for beginners. I think the first reviewer here said it best, so I wont add anything superfluous. But, why oh why, every time something about Germany comes up, does someone have to mention the big H? Can't we leave it alone just for once and stick to pre and post WW2 German military history? People don't complain when books about Soviet military history don't mention Stalin's mass murders, so why is Germany always singled out? There are 360 years of German military history to learn about all in one volume. Its a very worthy effort, and Richard Holmes is a greatly respected historian at least in the UK. Lets just stick to the military shall we, which this kind of book attempts to do. Thank you.