The Great War

B1922

Paul von Hindenburg has provided an insight into the Great War that can only be provided by a senior commander. There will be those who will take exception to some of his comment as an inevitable consequence of any insight into any war. Certainly, any reader who hopes to understand the origins, conduct and consequences of the Great War must read this book.

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NAME: The Great War
CATEGORY: Book Reviews
DATE: 180113
FILE: R1922
AUTHOR: Field Marshal von Hindenburg, editor Charles Messenger
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, Frontline Books
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 236
PRICE: £10.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWI, World War One, First World War, Great War, 1914-1918, tactics, strategy, conduct, politics, organization, deployment
ISBN: 1-84832-724-5
IMAGE: B1922.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: Without comparing the original edition with this abridged and edited edition, it is difficult to be certain how much has changed under the editing of a renowned historian. The original edition was written by von Hindenburg immediately following the German defeat and provided insights that not only provide views of the war, but also the perspective of a senior German officer and those who served under him.

Paul von Hindenburg was an extremely popular commander and this popularity was later to see him elected as German President in 1925, serving until his death in office in 1934.

He typified the German military cast with a moral decency. He achieved high rank on his merits and some later criticism of him as being weak-willed and dependent on advice from others may be very unfair. The alternate view is that he was a competent commander who inspired those below him and involved them in the process of command. There is little value in a commander ignoring his subordinates for the sake of dictatorship, or of attempting to micro-manage. Every commander should know when to delegate and should ensure that those serving him are adequately trained and able to provide advice from their sector of command.

Illustration is confined to a set of campaign maps.

Paul von Hindenburg has provided an insight into the Great War that can only be provided by a senior commander. There will be those who will take exception to some of his comment as an inevitable consequence of any insight into any war. Certainly, any reader who hopes to understand the origins, conduct and consequences of the Great War must read this book.

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