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The German High Command at War: Hindenburg and Ludendorff Conduct World War I

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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 ...more
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Published November 9th 2005 by iUniverse (first published December 1991)
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Mark Mortensen
Apr 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book provides an in-depth look into the German high command surrounding World War I. Prior to the war Germany was primed for expanding its 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.

I found it interesting that following the death of Austro-Hungarian Archduke Ferdinand in the
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First, this is a relatively unbiased book. Asprey doesn't ding Germany for dictatorial tendencies, contrary to what some may think; rather he dings 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
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Raully
Sep 15, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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If this were an academic site, I would probably rate this much higher. A very good monograph, but perhaps not the best choice for an average reader.
Jackson Cyril
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
500+ pages on Hindenburg and Ludendorff. It would've been horribly boring if it wasn't for the fun anecdotes the author sprinkles throughout about the two men who basically took over the German government the last years of the War. Ludendorff comes off as an ambitious but hardworking subordinate who works his ass off while Hindenburg is more concerned with how his painter messes up the color of his uniform in a painting. Pretty fascinating stuff.
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Robert Brown Asprey was born in Sioux City, Iowa (1923 January 26, 2009) and was an American military historian and author, noted for his books on military history published between 1959 and 2001.

Asprey received a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa in 1949, after serving in World War II. He also studied at New College, Oxford, at the University of Vienna, and at the University of
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