Interesting "take no prisoners" critical review, and I for one appreciate calling a spade a spade. But I am curious about one thing: I've read widely in the secondary literature about World War I, and cannot recall seeing a reference to the "Third Army OHL." I know, of course, that OHL refers to the army high command, but was this the "third" such incarnation? What were the first two? Just wondering.
"Third OHL" was used for the command of Hindenburg (with Ludendorff as chief of staff) after August 1916. The first OHL was led by Moltke, the second by Falkenhayn. The counting goes by the officer heading the Oberste Heeresleitung (OHL, Supreme Army Command).
First OHL was von Moltke during initial months of WWI, Second OHL was von Falkenhayn. In Fourth OHL Groener replaced Ludendorff for final weeks of the war until Versailles took effect.
First OHL was Moltke the Younger, second OHL was Falkenhayn.
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Technically (constitutionally) the monarch Wilhelm commanded the army, Hindenburg was chief of staff while Ludendorff took the title first quartermaster (operations chief in the Prussian/German meaning).
Post Script to our comment: Documentary by David Reynolds, the eminent Cambridge historian, called The Armistice, is available on Netflix and YouTube. We found it accidentally yesterday. It tracks our arguments regarding Ludendorff. Professor Reynolds calls Ludendorff even the de facto dictator of Germany and states his activities enabled Hitler. Ours, as Professor Reynolds' work, was intended as a quick overview on the topic and not a scholarly book. We believe that type of genre is important for the busy reader who otherwise might not pick up a history book. What we do find problematic is that authors are not allowed to have equal time in commenting on a reviewer's review. Authors were given that privilege previously in the traditional press. We would hope that someday blogs and Amazon formats would allow that type of equal opportunity. We authors would welcome that approach. Thank you very much. The Authors.