The Kaiser's Army: The German Army in World War One

Bloomsbury Publishing, 1 juin 2015 - 512 pages
In this comprehensive book, David Stone describes and analyses every aspect of the German Army as it existed under Kaiser Wilhelm II, encompassing its development and antecedents, organisation, personnel, weapons and equipment, its inherent strengths and weaknesses, and its victories and defeats as it fought on many fronts throughout World War I.

The book deals in considerable detail with the origins and creation of the German army, examining the structure of power in German politics and wider society, and the nation's imperial ambitions, along with the ways in which the high command and general staff functioned in terms of strategy and tactical doctrine. The nature, background, recruitment, training and military experiences of the officers, NCOs and soldiers are examined, while personal and collective values relating to honour, loyalty and conscience are also analysed. There is also an evaluation of all aspects of army life such as conscription, discipline, rest and recuperation and medical treatment.

In addition the army's operations are set in context with an overview of the army at war, covering the key actions and outcomes of major campaigns from 1914 to 1918 up to the signature of the Armistice at Compiègne. For anyone seeking a definitive reference on the German Army of the period – whether scholar, historian, serving soldier or simply a general reader – this remarkable book will prove an invaluable work.

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Evolution of the Field Service Uniform
The M1910 Field Service Uniform
The M191015 Field Service Uniform 4 The M1915 Field Service Uniform
Boots Puttees and Gaiters
Personal Equipment
Tropical Field Service Uniforms and Equipment
Identity Discs

Exigencies of an Officer Corps in Peacetime
The Boxer Rebellion 1900
The Herero and Namaqua Revolts 19041907
Strategic Imperatives
Operational Doctrine and Auftragstaktik 10 Operational Readiness
Maritime Distractions
The Gathering Storm
Sarajevo Sunday 28 June 1914
The Kaisers Army at War 19141918
Belgium and France August to December 1914
East Prussia August to September 1914
China the Far East and the Pacific August to December 1914
The Attack
The Dardanelles Mesopotamia and Palestine 19151916 and the Middle
East 19171918
The Western Front 19151918
Defensive Operations
Poison Gas and the Second Battle of Ypres April to May 1915
The Impact of Technology 19141918
PoliticalMilitary Perspectives 19161918
The Eastern Front December 1916 to March 1918
Italy and the Alpine Campaign 19151918
the Kaiserschlacht March to July 1918
Defeat in the West August to October 1918
An Uncertain Future November to December 1918
Counting the Cost 19141918
The Structure of Military Power
Kaiser Wilhelm II
The General Staff and Related Organizations
Corps Divisions and Brigades
Reserve Landwehr Ersatz Landsturm and ErsatzReserve Forces
Colonial Forces
Officers and Soldiers
Officer Selection and Training
NCO Selection and Training
Soldier Recruitment in Peace and
Depots and Recruit Training
Pay and Allowances
The Soldier Offduty
the Female Dimension
The Pay Book
Combat Arms
The Infantry
Machinegun Units
The Cavalry
The Artillery
Armoured Fighting Vehicle Troops
Supporting Arms and Services 1 Engineers and Pioneers
The Air Service
The Telegraphic Signals and Wireless Communications Service
Transport and Movement
Logistics and Supply
Military Police
Field Training and Operational Procedures 1 Field Training
Movement in the Field
The Advance to Contact
Trench Design
Routine in the Line
Tunnelling and Mining
Outposts and Sentries
Machinegun Tactics
Cavalry Operations
Artillery Support
Encampments and Bivouacs
Billets and Quarters
Forces of Occupation
Berlin 14 December 1918
the Treaty of Versailles
Weapons and Equipment 1 Smallarms and Other Handheld and Manportable weapons
Trench Mortars
Poison Gases
Pontoon Bridging
Armoured Vehicles
Combat and Reconnaissance Aircraft
GermanEnglish Glossary
List of Illustrations Colour plate section Black and white photo section
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David Stone is a former British army infantry officer. Much of his service was in Germany, both with and alongside soldiers of the Bundeswehr in peacetime and on operations. He became a military historian in 2002, and is the author of the authoritative works Hitler's Army: The Men, Machines and Organisation, 1939-1945 (2009) and Fighting for the Fatherland: The Story of the German Soldier from 1648 to the Present Day (2006). Richard Holmes described the latter as 'the most comprehensive and accessible account of the German soldier ever published in English'. His other titles include the acclaimed 'First Reich' (2002), Battles in Focus: Dien Bien Phu (2004), Wars of the Cold War (2004), War Summits (2005), and Twilight of the Gods (2011). He also wrote Cold War Warriors (1998) and was a consultant and co-author of World War II Chronicle (2007).

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