The German Army and the Defence of the Reich : Military Doctrine and the Conduct of the Defensive Battle 1918-1939 Hardback
Part of the Cambridge Military Histories series
Historical research on the German army of the interwar period has concentrated on the development of the so-called 'Blitzkrieg'.
However, Matthias Strohn shows that for most of the time the German army, restricted by the terms of the Versailles Treaty, was too weak to launch an offensive war or even effectively repel an invader.
Accordingly, the army focused instead primarily on planning a defensive war against superior enemies, especially France and Poland.
Making extensive use of German archival sources, Strohn explores the development of military thought and doctrine for the defence of Germany and shows how these ideas were tested in war games and staff rides.
His findings comprehensively revise our understanding of the German army in this period, shedding new light on the ideas of leading figures in the German military and how events, such as the occupation of the Ruhr in 1923, influenced military planning.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 292 pages, 3 Maps; 12 Halftones, black and white; 1 Line drawings, black and white
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Publication Date: 11/11/2010
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9780521191999
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