Academic journal article Military Review

THE GERMAN WAY OF WAR: From the Thirty Years' War to the Third Reich

Academic journal article Military Review

THE GERMAN WAY OF WAR: From the Thirty Years' War to the Third Reich

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THE GERMAN WAY OF WAR: From the Thirty Years' War to the Third Reich, Robert M. Citino, University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, 2005, 428 pages, $34.95.

Robert M. Citino's The German Way of War is yet another book that analyzes the Prussian-German culture and military art of war through the ages. What makes this book different is that Citino lays out a solid argument that the German way of war was consistent over a long period of time, from the Seven Years' War to the Napoleonic Wars, through the rest of the 19th century under Moltke's art of war, and finally through World Wars I and II. In each of these time periods, Citino describes the events and discusses patterns common to all Prussian-German military operations.

For readers familiar with German military history, Citino's conclusions are not surprising. For instance, that the Prussian-German military instilled within its culture the ability to execute operational-level maneuver using the "envelopment" form of maneuver has long been known. …

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