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~EPUB ♾ The Roots Of Blitzkrieg: Hans von Seeckt and German Military Reform ♿ Following Germany S Defeat In World War I, The Germans Signed The Versailles Treaty, Superficially Agreeing To Limit Their War Powers The Allies Envisioned The Future German Army As A Lightly Armed Border Guard And International Security Force The Germans Had Other PlansAs Early As , James Corum Contends, The Tactical Foundations Were Being Laid For The Nazi Blitzkrieg BetweenAnd , German Military Leaders Created And Nurtured The Reichswehr, A New Military Organization Built On The Wreckage Of The Old Imperial Army It Was Not Being Groomed For Policing PurposesFocusing On Hans Von Seeckt, General Staff Chief And Army Commander, Corum Traces The Crucial Transformations In German Military Tactical Doctrine, Organization, And Training That Laid The Foundations For Fighting Germany S Future Wars In Doing So, He Restores Balance To Prior Assessment Of Von Seeckt S Influence And Demonstrates How The General, Along With A Few Other Visionary Officers Including Armor Tactician Ernst Volckheim And Air Tactician Helmut Wilberg Collaborated To Develop The Core Doctrine For What Became The BlitzkriegThe Concepts Of Mobile War So Essential To Germany S Strength In World War II, Corum Shows, Were In Place Well Before The Tools Became Available As An Unforeseen Consequence Of The Versailles Treaty, The Germans Were Not Saddled With A Stockpile Of Outdated Equipment As The Allies Were This, Ironically, Resulted In An Advantage For The Germans, Who Were Able To Create Doctrine First And Design Equipment To Match It One of the first, and still very few, works to really explore the doctrine and practice of the Reichswehr prior to Hitler s rise to power Corum essentially argues that most of the practices and doctrines later associated with Blitzkrieg had been developed prior to 1933, especially by Hans von Seeckt Corum is particularly interesting in his use of the materials left by the German analysis of the lessons of the First World War, which I have not seen used elsewhere The main deficiency of the work is that it tends to look forward, seeing developments in terms of their results after 1939, rather than considering the Reichswehr in its contemporary context. Well researched if somewhat less well argued Corum s quest to lionize Seeckt leads to some questionable analysis but he s dead on the money in his criticism of Guderian and retrospective blitzkrieg proponents. A good history of the between wars German Army and Air Force A bit dry in places, but does a good job of covering the various areas in good detail. A good book, providing a detailed analysis of the German Army s actions and development in the years immediately following WWI The emphasis of the book is on General Hans Von Seekt, Commander of the German Army in the early 1920s and the major figure behind the maneuver warfare concepts which became Blitzkrieg Following the end of The Great War the German Army, led by its well educated General Staff, undertook a wide ranging series of studies on how the war had been fought This massive After Action Review provided the impetus for the slowly developed concept of maneuver warfare based on smaller but higher quality armed forces The concept eventually materialized, despite the usual gamut of philosophical, financial, and political roadblocks, as the Blitzkrieg of the late 1930s The book makes clear that the background and experience of the German combatants in WWI had a major effect on this idea of maneuver warfare Whilst the British and French armies had predominantly known the Western Front s static conflict, many of the post War German commanders had fought on the Eastern front They, like their Russian counterparts, were muchunderstanding of a mobile warfare concept The use by Germany of Russian land and resources to develop concepts away from the victorious Allies observations is well explained The development of the Luftwaffe s emphasis on a tactical air campaign as opposed to the strategic concepts popular in other air forces is also explored All in all, an enlightening book which goes a long way in showing how a military can effectively utilize Lessons Learned to re shape its baseline doctrine Highly recommended for those wanting to knowabout inter War military developments.