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The German Army and the Defence of the Reich: Military Doctrine and the Conduct of the Defensive Battle 1918-1939 (Cambridge Military Histories)
The German Army and the Defence of the Reich: Military Doctrine and the Conduct of the Defensive Battle 1918-1939 (Cambridge Military Histories)
by Matthias Strohn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 55.34

4.0 out of 5 stars Great book that will redefine Inter-war history, 12 Jun 2011
Up to now the orthodox approach has been that the German Army devoted all its efforts to the creation of "Blitzkreig" offensive war. But as this book points out, in fact the German Army spent most of its time concentrating on defence. This alone would make this book a ground breaking one and it should be on the bookshelf of any any self respecting historian. It gives a comprehensive account of the development of doctrine and tactics and war plans throughout the inter-war period and provides details of their origin in the Great War and their success of failure in World War Two.

However this excellent account is marred by a couple of points. The author has taken his information for the Great War from a source that although commonly used, has many flaws in it, so there does not appear to be much in the way of original research in this area. The dynamics of doctrine: The changes in German tactical doctrine during the First World War (Leavenworth papers) He would have done better to provide his own assessment of the period and to have drawn on the excellent, though flawed, Wynne papers If Germany Attacks: The Battle in Depth in the West (West Point Military Library) especially the new 2010 edition. It appears that instead of the single tactic proposed by Lupfer, there were two tactics as outlined by Wynne and this would explain much of the thinking in the time of the Reichswehr and subsequently.

Likewise the chapter on the Second World War is a bit of an after thought and does not really cover how well these inter-war theories got on in practice.

Having said all this, this is a really ground breaking book that is well worth reading if you are interested in the development of the doctrine of the German Army
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Samsung Laser Printer Capacity 150pp Colour 4ppm Mono 16ppm 2400x600dpi Ref CLP-310
Samsung Laser Printer Capacity 150pp Colour 4ppm Mono 16ppm 2400x600dpi Ref CLP-310

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic small network printer, 30 Jan 2011
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This is a great small business machine and one of the cheaper ones to run according to Which. We have it attached to a small network and it works well to the small high quality documents that we require. Colour output may be too slow if you want to print many copies but the quality is first rate.


Avery Business Cards Colour Laser C32026-10
Avery Business Cards Colour Laser C32026-10
Price: 12.09

3.0 out of 5 stars Did not work in my Laser printer, 30 Jan 2011
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I have a colour laser printer SAMSUNG CLP-310 - a good quality business machine.
The business cards got jammed every time in the feed mechanism, even when I set it to card stock, the final image smudged easily, especially on the reverse of the double sided version.

Probably works well with a dedicated printer particularly with a straight feed mechanism, but do not assume that it will work with any laser printer, especially if the paper feed goes round a couple of corners, which of course the bigger business machines tend to do.


After Stalingrad: The Red Army's Winter Offensive, 1942-1943
After Stalingrad: The Red Army's Winter Offensive, 1942-1943
by David M. Glantz
Edition: Hardcover

15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Re-release of old material, 1 Jun 2009
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First of all, this is an excellent book charting otherwise unknown and unresearched aspects of the Russo-German War and it is chock full of maps and details of the operations following the battle of Stalingrad. It is an important study into a previously "hidden" history.

BUT this material has been released before as part of the eight volume "Forgotten Battle of the German-Soviet War" by David Glantz. Any serious historian of the Red Army will already have this excellent work and be wasting their money. The publishers claim that this is new material is wrong, the material has been available for at least three years.

So if you do not have the earlier work, buy it. If you really want to study the Great Patriotic War from the Soviet side, then track down the published 6 volumes of Forgotten Battles.
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