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A Genius For War: The German Army and General Staff, 1807-1945

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It is often agreed that militarism, the aggressive policy of arming nations, was a chief cause of the wars of the twentieth century between forces loyal to Germany and those loyal to Britain.

In a very comprehensive study across 150 years, Colonel T. N. Dupuy uses his experience in the US Army to explain the manoeuvrings and characters behind German warfare in the nineteen
Hardcover, 362 pages
Published 2002 by Military Book Club (first published 1977)
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Jan 14, 2014 Jack rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this one due to the fact that it covered much more than I expected, especially the years between WWI and WWII. I found it interesting to compare the German General Staff to our nowadays Joint Staff. I see some similarities and some differences. I am still a junior officer and have an outside look to our Joint Staff, but find the parallels very interesting indeed. I know from my background that many countries modeled their military officer corps after the German General Staff.

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Jun 03, 2009 William rated it liked it
Writing any history of the German army is about as easy as walking through a minefield without getting blown up. Authors can too easily go astray by focusing too much on WWII, castigating the German army as an unwitting tool of warmonger Adolph Hitler or praising it as an army of gallant warriors that fought superbly against daunting odds. T.N. Dupuy walks a find line through this minefield in his work , "A Genius For War: The German army and general staff, 1807-1945." He sometimes strays off ...more
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Sep 19, 2011 Derek Weese rated it it was amazing
Author Trevor Dupuy was a US Army Col. who had served in Burma as an artillery offcier during the Second World War. After the war he became a very prolific author of military history and, also, he began work on a statistical survey of divisional sized engagements during the fighting in the Italian theater between the Western Allies (US/British/Canadians/Free French/Free Poles) and the Wehrmacht/Waffen-SS. What he found was disturbing.
Even with overwhelming air superiority, and whether or not th
Feb 14, 2008 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in military history or systems theory
Like the Confederate army, the German army was one of the best military organizations in history tragically serving the worst of bad causes. Aside from the evils of the governments they served, though, it is worth examining and analyzing how they were so much more effective than the other armies they fought that the only way they were beaten ( and thank God they were beaten) was by overwhelming superiority of numbers on the other sides. That's what this book does.

A very solid and comprehensive p
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Jun 21, 2016 Donald Pryde rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An in-depth read

I had read before that the German soldier in World War 2 had an average kill better than the allies but this book delves into why that came to be.
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despite it being a "war book" it is one I would recommend everyone read. it goes in to great detail about how organizations are led, and what should be looked for in leaders at all levels.
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Trevor Dupuy attended West Point, graduating in the class of 1938. During World War II he commanded a U.S. Army artillery battalion, a Chinese artillery group, and an artillery detachment from the British 36th Infantry Division. He was always proud of the fact that he had more combat time in Burma than any other American, and received decorations for service or valour from the U.S., British, and ...more
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