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Author:
Robert B Asprey
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978-0688082260
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0688082262
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William Morrow; 1st edition (April 1, 1991)
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This book provides an in-depth look into the German high command surrounding World War I. Prior to the war . That said, Ludendorff had plenty of fellow-traveler idiots in both the German military and in Wilhelmm's cabinet. A First, this is a relatively unbiased book. Prior to the war Germany was primed for expanding it’s boundaries through military buildup and propaganda. Since 1905 high ranking German officers were well versed with the Schlieffen Plan that called for a quick offensive thrust west through Belgium and Luxemburg, culminating with the capture France within weeks.

The German High Command . .has been added to your Cart. Yet it was the stumbling victories of Ludendorff and the ineptness of the Russian command and army that led to his promotion to command the Western front. Asprey is very vocal in his criticism of Ludendorff.

I defy anyone to read Asprey's book without coming to the conclusion that Hindenburg and Ludendorff weren't criminally incompetent .

I defy anyone to read Asprey's book without coming to the conclusion that Hindenburg and Ludendorff weren't criminally incompetent, waging aggressive war until they had bled their own country white. The British at least had the excuse that this was the first - indeed only - time in history that their army had to take on the main force of a preeminent land power (see Terraine's writings on this point).

Robert Asprey's other books include War in the Shadows, Semper Fidelis: A History of the Marines in World War II.Il lavoro di ricerca fatto da Asprey e’ accurato e dettagliato

Robert Asprey's other books include War in the Shadows, Semper Fidelis: A History of the Marines in World War II and Frederick the Great: The Magnificent Enigma. Il lavoro di ricerca fatto da Asprey e’ accurato e dettagliato. Gli eventi sono ben descritti con particolari che contribuiscono ad un arricchimento del libro e lo rendono quasi un romanzo. Inoltre i personaggi storici sono descritti anche nella loro sfera personale e cio’ contribuisce a conoscerli meglio nelle loro umane debolezze o nei loro punti di forza. Tuttavia personalmente non sono d’accordo su alcuni punti.

Ask Seller a Question. Bibliographic Details. Title: The German High Command at War. Hindenburg. Publisher: Morrow, New York.

Hindenburg and Ludendorff Conduct World War . The author's unique contribution to the history of World War I follows the careers of these two superbly trained generals to the point where they literally control the destiny of an entire nation. At the head of the Great General Staff, they lead Germany to the pinnacle of victory and the humiliation of final defeat. Ask Seller a Question. Publication Date: 1991.

Author:Asprey, Robert. Both Hindenburg and Ludendorff rejected all overtures for a compromise peace, and in their different ways led their country into total war and ruin. The German High Command At War: Hindenburg and Ludendorff and the First World War. World of Books Australia was founded in 2005. We want your experience with World of Books Australia to be enjoyable and problem free. Robert Asprey's other books include War in the Shadows, Semper Fidelis: A History of the Marines in World War II and Frederick the Great: The Magnificent Enigma.

In World War II, Asprey was a member of the secret Marine Beach Jumper Unit, then joined the 5th Marine Division. The German High Command At War: Hindenburg and Ludendorff and the First World War (1991). Rise of Napoleon Bonaparte (2001)

In World War II, Asprey was a member of the secret Marine Beach Jumper Unit, then joined the 5th Marine Division. In 1949, Asprey received his BA (honors) in English and modern history from the University of Iowa. From 1949 to 1950, he was a Fulbright Scholar at New College, Oxford University. From 1955 to 1957, he studied at the University of Vienna. Rise of Napoleon Bonaparte (2001). UK: The Rise And Fall Of Napoleon, Volume I: The Rise (2000). Reign of Napoleon Bonaparte (2001).

Robert B Asprey was a former US Marine Corps captain, a Fulbright scholar and a veteran writer of military history whose works are highly respected throughout the world. Country of Publication.

First World War (content). ASPREY, ROBERT B. (Author) William Morrow (Publisher). The silent dictatorship the politics of the German High Command under Hindenburg and Ludendorff, 1916-1918. Souvenirs and ephemera. Faoran jao! Yeh tumhare :. Books.

During the first two years of World War I a German general called from obscure retirement, Paul Von Hindenburg, aided by his deputy, Erich Ludendorff, won imperial fame from his successful campaigns on the eastern front. In 1916 Kaiser Wilhelm named Hindenburg to head the all-powerful Great German Staff with Ludendorff his deputy. At first all went well. But as food and other resources including replacements diminished, and as America entered the war, the top command increasingly panicked. In the summer of 1918 German armies in the west opened an all-out defensive. This failed and German surrender followed—as did the fall of the German empire.
  • This book is vital to understanding the last years of Germany in Word War I and how the Kaiser was not the cause of the downfall if the German Army. Hindenberg regretted his disloyalty to Kaiser Wilhelm II. Ludendorf seems to have not regretted r learned from his mistakes.

  • Super good read

  • I would recomend this book to any history buff and also to general public who on armistice days pretend or impersonates ?? to shed "genuine" tear for impression of youth on imaginary toomb of unknown victim. Poppy vendors and perpetuators of myth - I would do it ,too! Again, and again and again.. for any king , country , yahwe or act of parliament. In time when glorification of something purposeless as break-down of human communication takes place by celebration of bloody sacrifice on small screen by Band of 1/2 brothers, Young lions , Pacifics or imposing scenarios for Ethernal freedom on Colombian and Afganistan coca and poppy cultivators , the book is sane reminder that war is something completely else than Spilberg's glorifications presents.Or CNN Pentagon spokesman/woman says.

  • Asprey focuses on the planning for individual battles. He discusses the actions of individual commanders as well as the desires of the High Command. These were sometimes very different due to delay in communications or attempts by the local commander to exploit a situation. In the end there are a lot of missed opportunities but its hard to criticize when so many plans were unrealistic or the enemy failed to react in the expected manner.

    There are basic maps that show the battles discussed and they are very helpful. Those for the Russian front are very informative as that is rarely detailed by most historians. Yet it was the stumbling victories of Ludendorff and the ineptness of the Russian command and army that led to his promotion to command the Western front. Asprey is very vocal in his criticism of Ludendorff.

    The book makes clear that while the Germans had a plan for the war, but they underestimated the rapid Russian deployment, Belgian resistance, and the uselessness of their navy. Falkenhayn’s blunt appreciation brought home the inescapable fact that, once the Schlieffen plan had failed, once a quick victory had been denied, the German and Austro-Hungarian empires lacked a cohesive plan for continuing the war. The unpalatable situation has to be looked at from two viewpoints, civil and military, then as now in often self-defeating conflict.

    The stalemate was broken by the starvation of Germany at home (primarily the British blockade). This led German leaders to grasping at Wilson’s 14 Points (not agreed to by the British and French) as a legitimate offer to just cancel the war. Only Austria was defeated on the battlefield. France was close to it.

  • First, this is a relatively unbiased book. Asprey doesn't ding Germany for dictatorial tendencies, contrary to what some may think; rather he ding the dictator, Quartermaster-General Ludendorff, who executed a bloodless coup against Kaiser Wilhelm II.

    That is, in essence what started in 1916, and was complete by the time German relaunched unlimited submarine warfare in early 1917.

    That said, Ludendorff had plenty of fellow-traveler idiots in both the German military and in Wilhelmm's cabinet. A stupid Grand Admiral, Tirpitz, who clamored for the naval expenditures that antagonized the UK, then was afraid to use his toy in war. A series of spineless chancellors and ministers, emasculated by Wilhelm and afraid of Ludendorff when he sought to push them aside.

    And, in front of him? A puppet figure concerned to the nth degree about image, Field Marshal Hindenburg -- the man who did NOT win Tannenburg (neither did Ludendorff, of course), but rode that combination of myth and manipulation by Ludendorff to head the German Army.

    Ludendorff deserves his military hacking down to size, too. The one positive thing, on the tactical side, was his development of stormtroopers. Otherwise, his rejection of the tank was idiocy in both tactics and larger strategy. His "Kaiser's offensive" was little better than the attrition warfare of two years earlier.

    The real hero in Germany? The common soldier and common civilian, even more than in World War II, under a dictatorship in some ways as restrictive as Hitler's Germany, and with even tighter restraints on food and raw materials.

  • I agree with the previous reviewers. I would give this five stars, save for the fact that I would have liked to see more detail on some points. Still, this book changed my thinking about the Great War for all time. Study of the 1914-18 war is an exercise in frustration -- so many "what ifs," such an unsatisfactory conclusion. I suspect I will go to my grave still debating Haig's generalship -- at times I tend to agree with John Terraine et. al. that we at least have to credit Haig with sound strategic sense in realizing that the war was going to be won or lost on the Western Front and sideshows like Salonika and the Middle East were a waste of effort. Then I look at the operational blunders in 1916 and 1917 and wonder whether he wasn't a bloody fool who was saved by having good subordinates like Plumer, Monash, Currie, Maxse, et al. I raise this point to illustrate that at least here there remains room for debate. I defy anyone to read Asprey's book without coming to the conclusion that Hindenburg and Ludendorff weren't criminally incompetent, waging aggressive war until they had bled their own country white. The British at least had the excuse that this was the first -- indeed only -- time in history that their army had to take on the main force of a preeminent land power (see Terraine's writings on this point). In other words, they had to fight a war they weren't ready for in 1914. By 1918, against all odds, they won. The Germans, on the other hand, squandered every advantage.

  • When i think of classics like The Guns of August, Brabrossa sp, The Gettysburg Campaign by Coddington I want to put this book right up there with them.