Instrument of War: The German Army 1914-18


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Osprey Publishing (UK)
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5.9 X 1.3 X 9.3 inches | 1.45 pounds
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About the Author

Dennis Showalter, a professor of German military history at Colorado College, was president of the American Society of Military History. He is a founding editor of War in History, an advising fellow of the Barsanti Military History Center, and has taught at the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy, and Marine Corps University. He won the Paul M. Birdsall Prize for Tannenberg and received a Festschrift called Arms and the Man: Military History Essays in Honor of Dennis Showalter.


"This book is classic Showalter, witty, insightful, and remarkably erudite. This is the perfect match between author and project." - Michael S. Neiberg, author of DANCE OF THE FURIES

"Dennis Showalter does it again. America's leading historian returns to his speciality, the German army, and provides a first rate study, at once accessible and scholarly, that focuses on the strengths, resilience, and eventual failure of the army during the First World War. A deft mix of the varied levels and experience of war." - Jeremy Black

"The insights are unmatched and intriguing, and in many cases Showalter debunks or explains myths regarding the war . . . Showalter's analysis of all aspects of the German Army experience in WWI is a must- read for anyone with an interest in WWI or German military history." - Publishers Weekly