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The definitive reference to the German army under Kaiser Wilhelm II, encompassing its development, organisation, personnel, weapons and equipment, as well as its victories and defeats during World War I.
David Stone is a former British army infantry officer. Much of his service was in Germany, both with and alongside soldiers of the Bundeswehr in peacetime and on operations. He became a military historian in 2002, and is the author of the authoritative works Hitler's Army: The Men, Machines and Organisation, 1939-1945 (2009) and Fighting for the Fatherland: The Story of the German Soldier from 1648 to the Present Day (2006). Richard Holmes described the latter as 'the most comprehensive and accessible account of the German soldier ever published in English'. His other titles include the acclaimed 'First Reich' (2002), Battles in Focus: Dien Bien Phu (2004), Wars of the Cold War (2004), War Summits (2005), and Twilight of the Gods (2011). He also wrote Cold War Warriors (1998) and was a consultant and co-author of World War II Chronicle (2007).
A hugely impressive book. It not only provides an astonishing abundance of factual material but is also compellingly readable. It draws you in by providing a lucid and thought-provoking account of the army's development in the march to war, and imparts some powerful lessons in human ingenuity and political misjudgement. Ultimately, it is deeply satisfying, for it delivers everything that you expect, and more. * Dr Ian Mortimer, Author and Historian * the most comprehensive and accessible English language book about the German Imperial Army in peace and at war across all fronts from 1914-18 ... fascinating and informative - a treasure trove! ... `hats off' to the author for his industry and grasp of the subject matter * Pennant, the magazine of the Forces Pension Society *