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  • Title: Death of the Wehrmacht: The German Campaigns of 1942
  • Author: Robert M. Citino
  • ISBN: 9780700615315
  • Page: 138
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For Hitler and the German military, 1942 was a key turning point of World War II, as an overstretched but still lethal Wehrmacht replaced brilliant victories and huge territorial gains with stalemates and strategic retreats In this major reevaluation of that crucial year, Robert Citino shows that the German army s emerging woes were rooted as much in its addiction to theFor Hitler and the German military, 1942 was a key turning point of World War II, as an overstretched but still lethal Wehrmacht replaced brilliant victories and huge territorial gains with stalemates and strategic retreats In this major reevaluation of that crucial year, Robert Citino shows that the German army s emerging woes were rooted as much in its addiction to the war of movement attempts to smash the enemy in short and lively campaigns as they were in Hitler s deeply flawed management of the war From the overwhelming operational victories at Kerch and Kharkov in May to the catastrophic defeats at El Alamein and Stalingrad, Death of the Wehrmacht offers an eye opening new view of that decisive year Building upon his widely respected critique in The German Way of War, Citino shows how the campaigns of 1942 fit within the centuries old patterns of Prussian German warmaking and ultimately doomed Hitler s expansionist ambitions He examines every major campaign and battle in the Russian and North African theaters throughout the year to assess how a military geared to quick and decisive victories coped when the tide turned against it Citino also reconstructs the German generals view of the war and illuminates the multiple contingencies that might have produced favorable results In addition, he cites the fatal extreme aggressiveness of German commanders like Erwin Rommel and assesses how the German system of command and its commitment to the independence of subordinate commanders suffered under the thumb of Hitler and chief of staff General Franz Halder More than the turning point of a war, 1942 marked the death of a very old and traditional pattern of warmaking, with the classic German way of war unable to meet the challenges of the twentieth century Blending masterly research with a gripping narrative, Citino s remarkable work provides a fresh and revealing look at how one of history s most powerful armies began to founder in its quest for world domination.
    Death of the Wehrmacht The German Campaigns of For Hitler and the German military was a key turning point of World War II as an overstretched but still lethal Wehrmacht replaced brilliant victories and huge territorial gains with stalemates

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    1. In this offering Prof Citino looks at the Germany Army s operations in both Russia and North Africa and how and importantly why they ended is disasters for the Wehrmacht He also traces the evolution of German military doctrine and thought from Frederick the Great thru to 1942.In telling the story of Operation Blue and Rommel s forays in the desert, the author looks at the German way of war and how it affected the results of these two offensives One of major points he makes is that nothing in th [...]

    2. An outstanding piece of research by one of the better WWII scholars publishing today Unfortunately, this book would be greatly improved if it were edited by an actual person rather than by spell check The book is liberally sprinkled with inappropriate words no curse words but stupid spell check substitutions At first, I thought it was mildly amusing the navy having command of the saw rather than command of the sea , but with these errors popping up every dozen pages or so, it quickly became irri [...]

    3. This is both intelectual and chronological sequel to The German Way of War From the Thirty Years War to the Third Reich If that book traced development of Prussian German war fighting through centuries this one covers 192 only with small dips into 1941 It examines the holy trinity of German way of war , wars need to be short and sharp, when in doubt attack and move around enemy s flanks and what that ment for Wehrmacht in 1942 It examines Blau summer offensive in southern Russia and Rommel s off [...]

    4. How the German army went from six victories to two colossal defeats in the space of one year Citino s book is scholarly , yet highly readable Recommended for WWII buffs Also, check out Cinitno s excellent lectures on YouTube.

    5. To fully understand Death of the Wehrmacht The German Campaigns of 1942, one should understand the author, Robert Citino A fairly young man, he doesn t have the baggage historians who wrote during the Cold War have and is able to view events in a uncluttered perspective His first book, The German Way of War University Press of Kansas, 2005 , concentrates of the Prussian German emphasis on wars of movement Bewegungskieg He continues this theme in Death of the Wehrmacht.Before getting to 1942, he [...]

    6. Small, landlocked Germany learned from its leader, Frederick the Great, that to win any war against their larger, materially blessed neighbors, they would need to employ an audacious first blow and then clinch victory quickly The long game could never work for them German Prussian generals who were schooled thereafter accepted this as holy writ To accomplish this,officers in the field were given an extraordinary amount of authority to make their own decisions and set their own path This philoso [...]

    7. Death of the Wehrmacht is an excellent look at the German army in 1942, and how that army finally came to the end of a long run of spectacular victories Robert Citino eloquently recounts the numerous battles fought by the Germans that year in Russia and North Africa, and how their planning reflected the German way of war that had been evolving for several centuries In a clean, crisp narrative Citino takes us from the victories the Germans won up early in 42 to the twin defeats at Stalingrad and [...]

    8. Clarificador G nero Historia.Lo que nos cuenta Con el subt tulo Las campa as de 1942, aproximaci n al desgaste en varios rdenes de medida del ej rcito alem n en la Segunda Guerra Mundial, centrado en lo que sucedi tras el fracaso en la toma de Mosc y hasta el cerco sovi tico de Stalingrado, pasando por el norte de frica, con la intenci n de ofrecer al lector las causas del inexorable descenso de la potencia de la Wehrmacht como fuerza ofensiva y los resultados de la ceguera de buena parte de la [...]

    9. Mid summer 1942 Nazi armies triumphant across the steppes of Russia from Finland to Baku and across the Sahara as they prepare to enter Egypt By winter 1942 they are tasting defeat on all fronts How this reversal happened is told ably in human stories as well as in tactical and strategic analyses in what comes to be a gripping tale of opportunities squandered by arrogant madmen wedded to the Prussian movement doctrine.

    10. A great impulse buy not only for its in depth review of how the campaigns of 1942 unfolded, and affected, the strategic position of the Wehrmacht, but also how it explains the demise of the doctrine of the Wehrmacht specialty of Kesselschlacht objectives, connected to the Prussian German historical military doctrine of Bewegungskrieg war of movement

    11. Densely researched book, very thoughtful analysis of the wermacht s challenge in taking on the East and of the effect on tactical dogma, that remained too dogmatic, governing german technique astounding story, told in depth than is easily absorbed, requires addressing in small doses

    12. Really good book on the German way of war, the Bewegungskrieg, defined as the war of movement on the operational level Really interesting book, well written and opened my eyes to some ideas as to why the Germans fought as they did Highly recommended.

    13. 1942, the highwater mark for Hitler s Nazi Germany The campaigns in the Soviet Union and North Africa are the stuff of myth and legend Mr Citino s work goes into great detail of not only how this pivotal time came about, but why.

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