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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Helion & Company (29 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1874622299
  • ISBN-13: 978-1874622291
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 572,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anyone intending to conduct equally scholarly research on the German Army during the Great War should ensure that Imperial German Army, 1914-1918, Organisation, Structure, Orders-of-Battle graces his or her bookshelf. --Birmingham 'On War' - the unofficial blog of the War Studies research students at the University of Birmingham

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In accordance with Article 63 of the Constitution of the German Reich of 16 April 1871, the entire land forces of the Reich formed one unitary army. Read the first page
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Tzimisces on 15 Oct. 2009
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An extremely valuable work that is a must for any student, re-enactor or historian interested to acquire the detail on the German army of the First World War.
As far as I know, until its translation and publication by Helion, there was (and still is) no other comparable work available to English speakers.
There isn't an aspect of the subject that isn't covered; and covered well.
Highly recommended as an excellent reference manual, as well as for its analytical value.
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This book gives you the complete organization of the Imperial German Army on WWI, from the level of company until that of Army Group.
It gives you the history of every branch of that huge Army , from the railway troops to the Medical Corps, from the elite Jaeger Battalions, to the the Mountain troops (used on the Italian Front even if war between Germany and Italy was not declared yet).
The author follows all the changes of the order of battle and of the organization from the first day of WWI until the last one.
It gives you all the evolution of the weapons (small and big ones).
This book is a must for all the people interested about the period of WWI.
A great book!
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Valuable, Rare English-Language Reference on WWI German Army 12 Aug. 2004
By George Coppedge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book methodically and thoroughly delivers exactly what it promises. And this English-language book is a rare treasure, because there are very few books which cover this subject in English.

Starting from the pinnacle of the entire German war machine with the Kaiser himself, the book details the command structure, unit responsibilities, and specific composition for the entire imperial German army. Following through its top-down progression it covers: the Supreme Army Command, the War Ministry, Supreme Commander East, the army groups, the armies, the general (corps) commands, and the divisions. The book also unravels numerous mysteries, such as the bewildering array of unit naming conventions, the creation and dissolution of temporary commands, the large array of unit types, the varying armament compositions between unit types, the growth of the air force, and all the administrative and logistical elements which are essential to any modern armies battlefield success. In addition, it presents several appendices which list: the complete German order-of-battle (OOB) for August 1914, the 18th Army's OOB for the March 1918 Kaiserschlacht Offensive, a summary list of brigade and mobile unit formations throughout the war, and a listing of all the army and higher level unit commanders throughout the war.

The book tackles a very daunting subject and quite lucidly explains the inner workings of the German war machine. If you want to know how the German army was structured during the First World War, then this is the book for you. The book suffers from a few weaknesses (but its valuable content overrides these). The most annoying thing about the book are the incorrect dates found throughout the first part of the book (e.g. p. 79 "During the 1918 offensive, General of Cavalry von der Marwitz was in command. The 2nd Army was dissolved on 13 January 1918 in Gembloux."). I actually sent an email to the publisher months ago about this but still have yet to receive a response. The other significant complaint I have is that the writing style is very dry and dull, but it is a reference work after all.

In summary, I recommend you buy this book if you are doing scholarly research on the WWI German army. If you are looking for a narrative history or the complete German orders-of-battle for all the individual battles during the war, then look elsewhere. All in all, this is an outstanding and rare English-language reference work on the WWI German army.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great Detail, but Not Light Reading 24 May 2007
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The sub-title of this book gives you a pretty good idea of just what it's about. It is not a history of the actions of the army but a detailed look at how the Imperial German Army was put together from the Kaiser through the supreme command and General Staff down to details like every division in the army being equipped with a pontoon train consisting of 2 officers, 59 NCOs and ORs (Other Ranks), with 98 horses, 15 pontoon wagons and 6 other wagons.

An interesting aspect of the book is that at the beginning of World War I in 1914, the German Army was essentially the same as it was when organized in 1871. Through the next four years major changes had to be made to handle the changes brought about by the air plane, motorized vehicles, the tremendous growth in artillery and machine guns and of course the impact of the trenches.

The book was first published in 1937. It was not translated into English until 2001, and recently (2006) was reprinted in paperback for the first time. In 1937 there had been enough time for the lessons learned to have been understood and they were being incorporated into the new and expanding Germany military.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good 8 Jun. 2014
By Te Bada - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a bit expensive for a small book, but has some good detail. They should have added additional Order of Battles for the various years of the war.
An outstanding complete wonderful book 26 Dec. 2013
By Carrosio Roberto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book gives you the complete organization of the Imperial German Army on WWI, from the level of company until that of Army Group.
It gives you the history of every branch of that huge Army , from the railway troops to the Medical Corps, from the elite Jaeger Battalions, to the the Mountain troops (used on the Italian Front even if war between Germany and Italy was not declared yet).
The author follows all the changes of the order of battle and of the organization from the first day of WWI until the last one.
It gives you all the evolution of the weapons (small and big ones).
This book is a must for all the people interested about the period of WWI.
A great book!
Understanding the German Army in World War I 2 May 2014
By French L. MacLean - Published on Amazon.com
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There are not many books in print on the German Army in World War I. Readers are fortunate that this book by Hermann Cron is. It covers everything, especially the initial and changing organization of an army that began the war as a collection of state armies (Prussia, Baden and Bavaria), and ended the war on the edge of becoming a blitzkrieg force. This book is a must have volume for anyone interested in World War I in general and the German Army in particular.
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