For King and Kaiser! The Making of the Prussian Army Officer, 1860-1914

Synopsis

This history describes in detail how conservative traditions and aristocratic values were preserved in the selection and training of German army officers prior to World War I despite changing times and the influx of many middle-class recruits into the army. Clemente demonstrates how "right thinking" and service to the King and the Kaiser were the basis for Prussian officer education in the period from 1860 to 1914. The book raises provocative questions about German performance in World War I and in subsequent years.