The Kaiser's Army

The Kaiser's Army

Author: David Stone

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781844862924

Category: History

Page: 512

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In this comprehensive book, David Stone describes and analyses every aspect of the German Army as it existed under Kaiser Wilhelm II, encompassing its development and antecedents, organisation, personnel, weapons and equipment, its inherent strengths and weaknesses, and its victories and defeats as it fought on many fronts throughout World War I. The book deals in considerable detail with the origins and creation of the German army, examining the structure of power in German politics and wider society, and the nation's imperial ambitions, along with the ways in which the high command and general staff functioned in terms of strategy and tactical doctrine. The nature, background, recruitment, training and military experiences of the officers, NCOs and soldiers are examined, while personal and collective values relating to honour, loyalty and conscience are also analysed. There is also an evaluation of all aspects of army life such as conscription, discipline, rest and recuperation and medical treatment. In addition the army's operations are set in context with an overview of the army at war, covering the key actions and outcomes of major campaigns from 1914 to 1918 up to the signature of the Armistice at Compiègne. For anyone seeking a definitive reference on the German Army of the period – whether scholar, historian, serving soldier or simply a general reader – this remarkable book will prove an invaluable work.

The Kaiser's Army in Color

The Kaiser's Army in Color

Author: Charles Woolley

Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited

ISBN: 0764311735

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 147

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During the period 1890-1910 the German Army of Kaiser Wilhelm II was ablaze in color, particularly the Garde and Cavalry regiments. In this superb new volume the author brings to the student of uniforms, as well as the art and military historian, the true glory of this brief, but most colorful time. Carl Becker was a skillful and talented artist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, whose treatment of German uniforms, the military pomp and ceremony, as well as the work-a-day activities of the Kaisers army, are both realistically and artistically among the very best. The 104 never before published uniform plates are a treasure trove of color, action, and rarity which have only been viewed by a select few before this publication. The additional illustrations from books and the postcard art reproduced here well display the scope and depth of Beckers work. Technically correct, and artistically rendered on the subject of Kaiser Wilhelm IIs flamboyant army of 1890-1910, this book will be a welcome addition to the library of the collector, the student of military costume, modelers and the appreciator of well executed military art.

Surgeon with the Kaiser's Army

Surgeon with the Kaiser's Army

Author: Stephen Kurt Westmann

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781473821705

Category: History

Page: 186

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The Author gave up his medical studies at Freiburg University in 1914 to enlist in the German Army. He was soon involved in bloody hand-to-hand fighting against the French before moving to the Russian front.??Promoted to medical officer, despite being unqualified and barely into his twenties he is given command of an ambulance train on the Western Front. He treats and operates on wounded of all nationalities and ranks and rescues British and German soldiers after gas attacks on the trenches of the Somme. As medical officer to the German Air Force (von Richthofen Circus) Westmann sees the dangers and effects of aerial combat at first hand. He witnesses the British tank attacks at Cambrai.??His writing graphically illustrates life and death in the front line, the carnage and humour that sustained soldiers of all nationalities. Westmann's insights into the social, political, religious, economic and medical aspects of war time life are particularly revealing.??The text is enhanced by contemporary photographs.

The Kaiser's Army

The Kaiser's Army

Author: Eric Dorn Brose

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195179453

Category: History

Page: 327

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During the period 1870-1918, the German army's view that man was better than machine was challenged by the development and use of machine guns, airplanes and weapons of destruction. This book examines the effects of mechanisation on the Germany army.

All the Kaiser's Men

All the Kaiser's Men

Author: Ian Passingham

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 9780752472584

Category: History

Page: 304

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Convinced that both God and the Kaiser were on their side, the officers and men of the German Army went to war in 1914, confident that they were destined for a swift and crushing victory in the West. The vaunted Schlieffen Plan on which the anticipated German victory was based expected triumph in the West to be followed by an equally decisive success on the Eastern Front. It was not to be. From the winter of 1914 until the early months of 1918, the struggle on the Western Front was characterised by trench warfare. But our perception of the conflict takes little or no account of the realities of life 'across the wire' in the German trenches. This book redresses that imbalance and reminds us how similar these young German men were to our own Tommies. Drawing from diaries and letters, Ian Passingham charts the hopes and despair of the German soldiers, filling an important gap in the history of the Western Front.

With the Kaiser's Army in 1914

With the Kaiser's Army in 1914

Author: Sven Hardin

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781473849440

Category: History

Page: 517

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In 1914 Swedish professor, writer, illustrator and adventurer Sven Hedin was granted a car and escort and given a comprehensive tour of the German Armies fighting in Belgium and France during September and October 1914. Hedin was given unfettered access to German armies and leadership. The resulting book, With the German Armies in the West, was quickly finished and published, originally in Swedish, in 1914 then swiftly translated and printed in early 1915 by John Lane of The Bodley Head Press, London, at a time when the events described in the book were still fresh.During his battle-front tour, Hedin took the opportunity to roam around the Army's rear areas and to visit the frontline trench network. In the process he conducted many interviews, ranging from ordinary German privates to the most senior commanders and also with British and French POWs. He was an artist of great skill and was allowed to sketch many scenes depicting German infantry, cavalry, logistics and artillery batteries. He also documented the condition of post-August 1914 Belgium and described the situation in a very different light to the febrile tones of most neutral sources.This invaluable study of the Kaiser's Army in the early stages of the First World War is a great addition to the literature of the Great War providing a rare glimpse into the German Army of 1914.

The Kaiser's Warlords

The Kaiser's Warlords

Author: Ronald Pawly

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781780966304

Category: History

Page: 149

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The turn of the 20th century saw Imperial Germany as essentially a militarist state, whose growing industrial resources and wealth were harnessed to the task of increasing German military power, at a time of aggressive expansionist diplomacy in competition with Britain and France. After her victories over Austria in the 1860s and France in 1870, Germany's General Staff enjoyed tremendous professional prestige throughout Europe, and was the model for all aspects of command and control. The German army was essentially that of Prussia, Bavaria and Saxony with smaller contingents from the lesser states. Its generals were the men who planned, initiated, and to a large extent controlled the course of World War I.

The Entourage of Kaiser Wilhelm II, 1888-1918

The Entourage of Kaiser Wilhelm II, 1888-1918

Author: Isabel V. Hull

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 052153321X

Category: History

Page: 432

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Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941) is one of the most fascinating figures in modern European history. Inheriting 'the mightiest throne on earth' in 1888, he played a central part in fashioning the policies which culminated in the catastrophe of 1914-18, the collapse of the Reich, and his own abdication. To an extraordinary degree he was also representative of his epoch: brilliant, bizarre, aggressive, insecure. Yet German historians have virtually ignored him. In September 1979 a dozen historians met in the Kaiser's palace in Corfu to discuss the character and role of Wilhelm II. This book contains their findings. The early chapters examine the Kaiser's psychological disturbance which, hidden from the public, often caused those who closely worked with him to doubt his sanity. Next, it is revealed how by virtue of the Bismarckian constitution, and with the aid of a small circle of friends, he was able to translate private neurosis into public policy. The later chapters analyse the ideology and image of Kaiserism, discovering mentalities and attitudes which were to survive the collapse of the monarchy in 1918 and play an incalculable part in the undermining of Weimar democracy and the rise of Nazism. The views in this book are fresh and exciting, suggesting new ways in which the interrelationship between individuals and society, between personalities and structures, might be interpreted.

The Kaiser's Army

The Kaiser's Army

Author: Eric Dorn Brose

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195346299

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 887

This volume covers a fascinating period in the history of the German army, a time in which machine guns, airplanes, and weapons of mass destruction were first developed and used. Eric Brose traces the industrial development of machinery and its application to infantry, cavalry, and artillery tactics. He examines the modernity versus anti-modernity debate that raged after the Franco-Prussian war, arguing that the residue of years of resistance to technological change seriously undermined the German army during World War I.

For King and Kaiser!

For King and Kaiser!

Author: Steven E. Clemente

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313280047

Category: History

Page: 280

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Steven Clemente describes how conservative traditions and artistocratic 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. He 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 history provides considerable detail about German secondary school education, the selection of officers, the curriculum, and life in the cadet and war schools, the life of a subaltern, and the education of the Prussian War Academy. The book concludes with an analysis of the attitudes and loyalties of the officers that entered World War I. Students of European history and military affairs will find this study one that raises a number of provocative questions about German performance in World War I and in subsequent years.

The Kaiser's Battle

The Kaiser's Battle

Author: Martin Middlebrook

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781844154982

Category: History

Page: 438

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At 9.30am on 21 March 1918, the last great battle of the First World War commenced when three German armies struck a massive blow against the weak divisions of the British Third and Fifth Armies. It was the first day of what the Germans called the Kaiserschlacht (‘the Kaiser’s Battle’), the series of attacks that were intended to break the deadlock on the Western Front, knock the British Army out of the war, and finally bring victory to Germany. In the event the cost of the gamble was so heavy that once the assault faltered, it remained for the Allies to push the exhausted German armies back and the War was at last over. Critics accounts: The clever blending of written and oral accounts from some 650 surviving British and German soldiers makes the book an extremely convincing reconstruction. SUNDAY TIMES Mr Middlebrook’s industry and patience are displayed in his amazing collection of eyewitness accounts, the compassion in his commentary, the good sense in his analysis’ DAILY TELEGRAPH