H-War Content

Re: Kirchubel on Gross, 'The Myth and Reality of German Warfare: Operational Thinking from Moltke the Elder to Heusinger'

I've not yet read the book but based on the review (and Groß's background) it is clear that a sharp distinction is being drawn between the strategic, operational, and tactical levels of war, with the focus on the operational level. In this view, an "operational" success means essentially what it did to Schlieffen: "annihilation" (Vernichtung) of the enemy's strength through encirclement (Kesselschlacht).

Re: Kirchubel on Gross, 'The Myth and Reality of German Warfare: Operational Thinking from Moltke the Elder to Heusinger'

Sounds like a very interesting revisionist take on the German "way of war," embraced so enthusiastically by the US Army late in the last century. I have to agree with James Perry that the author (according to the reviewer) seems a bit too willing to discount many of the undeniably great operational triumphs put up by the Reichsheer and the Wehrmacht in its two losing efforts during the 20th century. That these operational triumphs were more than cancelled out by catastrophic strategic blunders does not render them unworthy of appreciation, in my opinion.

Handgrenade Vacation

Hand Grenade of the Week

This month I am doing as the Europeans do, I am taking a vaction for the whole month...but only for the handgrenade deal.  But if someone wants to post something, please go right ahead using the blog tab on the main H-WAR page.

 

best,  John T. Kuehn

Fort Leavenworth Kansas

Pages

H-War Book Reviews

Author: 
Chad R. Fulwider
Reviewer: 
Bradley Cesario

Cesario on Fulwider, 'German Propaganda and U.S. Neutrality in World War I'


Chad R. Fulwider. German Propaganda and U.S. Neutrality in World War I. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2016. 288 pp. $60.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8262-2058-5.

Reviewed by Bradley Cesario (Texas A&M University)
Published on H-War (August, 2017)
Commissioned by Margaret Sankey

Author: 
Des Ekin
Reviewer: 
Edward Tenace

Tenace on Ekin, 'The Last Armada: Queen Elizabeth, Juan del Águila, and the 100-Day Spanish Invasion of England'


Des Ekin. The Last Armada: Queen Elizabeth, Juan del Águila, and the 100-Day Spanish Invasion of England. New York: Pegasus Books, 2016. 420 pp. $27.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-60598-944-0.

Reviewed by Edward Tenace (Lyon College)
Published on H-War (August, 2017)
Commissioned by Margaret Sankey

Author: 
José E. Álvarez
Reviewer: 
David A. Messenger

Messenger on Álvarez, 'The Spanish Foreign Legion in the Spanish Civil War, 1936'


José E. Álvarez. The Spanish Foreign Legion in the Spanish Civil War, 1936. Columbia: University Of Missouri Press, 2016. 307 pp. $50.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8262-2083-7.

Reviewed by David A. Messenger (University of South Alabama)
Published on H-War (August, 2017)
Commissioned by Margaret Sankey

Author: 
Nadia Schadlow
Reviewer: 
Douglas Peifer

Peifer on Schadlow, 'War and the Art of Governance: Consolidating Combat Success into Political Victory'


Nadia Schadlow. War and the Art of Governance: Consolidating Combat Success into Political Victory. Washington DC: Georgetown University Press, 2017. 344 pp. $32.95 (paper), ISBN 978-1-62616-410-9; $64.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-62616-409-3.

Reviewed by Douglas Peifer (Air University, Air War College)
Published on H-War (August, 2017)
Commissioned by Margaret Sankey

Author: 
Mark Strecker
Reviewer: 
Bradley Cesario

Cesario on Strecker, 'Shanghaiing Sailors: A Maritime History of Forced Labor, 1849/1915'


Mark Strecker. Shanghaiing Sailors: A Maritime History of Forced Labor, 1849/1915. Jefferson: McFarland & Company, 2014. 260 pp. $39.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0-7864-9451-4.

Reviewed by Bradley Cesario (Texas A&M University)
Published on H-War (August, 2017)
Commissioned by Margaret Sankey