Academic journal article Military Review

THE GREAT WAR, Field Marshal Paul Von Hindenburg

Academic journal article Military Review

THE GREAT WAR, Field Marshal Paul Von Hindenburg

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THE GREAT WAR, Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg, Charles Messenger, ed., Greenhill Books, London, 2006,236 pages, $34.95.

The Great War is an edited single volume of Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg's memoirs, which were originally published in 1919, just after World War I. The book's editor, Charles Messenger, has retained brief accounts of Hindenburg's early military education and his career through the Franco-Prussian War, but the majority of the volume focuses on the field marshal's World War I experiences. While The Great War does not offer a complete history of World War I or even of Hindenburg's campaigns during that war, it does an excellent job of providing insights into the grand strategy of the German General Staff.

Hindenburg's descriptions of Germany's responses to the strategic problems it faced at various points throughout the war suggest not German invincibility, but German capability and competence. He also offers us a unique perspective on Germany's allies, especially Austria-Hungary, Turkey, and Bulgaria, and on the difficulties that coalition warfare forced on the German Army. He makes interesting comments, too, about the righting capabilities of Germany's allies and opponents. In speaking of the latter, he praises Russian endurance, French proficiency, and British obstinacy. …

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