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Path to Blitzkrieg: Doctrine & Training in the German Army, 1920-39

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- Essential background to the German blitzkrieg of World War II - Complements the stories of panzer aces like Otto Carius and Michael Wittmann In the wake of World War I, the German army lay in ruins--defeated in the war, sundered by domestic upheaval, and punished by the Treaty of Versailles. A mere twenty years later, Germany possessed one of the finest military machines ...more
Paperback, 281 pages
Published December 26th 2007 by Stackpole Books (first published April 1999)
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Mark Blane
Sep 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book Mr. Citino! This books starts out with the era of Hans von Seeckt from after the end of World War 1, the Treaty of Versailles, and toward the end of Seeckt's Reichswehr leadership in 1926. The book ends in the actual practice of Blitzkrieg with the Invasion of France on May 10, 1940, but Citino makes the case clear, this is not Blitzkrieg, but rather the evolution of Bewegungskrieg (war of movement) harkening back to the days of Frederick the Great (Der Fritz).

All in all, it is a
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Citino highlights how the German Army moved from defeat in World War I, the restrictions of the Treaty of Versailles, to rebuild and rethink it's doctrine, tactics and technologies to become a conqueroring power in 1939.

Why I started this book: Found new audio titles from my long Professional Reading list.

Why I finished it: Detailed and thorough, Citino walks the listener thru the many exercises of the 1920s when German command officers plan and explored the feasibility of different tactical do
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Although not quite as readable as his other works, Citino does a fine job in describing the German army between the wars by dividing the narrative into three phases. The fist, 1920-26, saw Seeckt devising ways to make the Reichswehr the most efficient small army in the world within the parameters of the Versailles Treaty. The second period, 1927-33, saw the army “bruising” the rules to create maneuvers to reflect a larger army. The Nazi phase saw the deployment of real tanks and planes with the ...more
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Robert M. Citino is an American history professor, scholar and writer currently teaching at the University of North Texas. He specializes in German military history and has earned acclaim by writing several historical books on the subject. He has appeared as a consultant on the History Channel several times on the subject of World War II and German military tactics.

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