An intriguing insight…
This book gives an intriguing and fascinating insight into how the structure of the German General Staff ultimately assisted in bringing about its own downfall. David Stone’s authoritative and skilful narration of events before, during and after the two World Wars leaves the reader in no doubt as to how the German General Staff, as part of the German war machine, influenced operational attitudes and outcomes while it struggled to be an effective force within an increasingly restrictive regime.
The straightforward chronological approach taken by the author to link events/deeds to an individual’s rank at the time each event or deed took place is relatively easy to follow and allows the non-expert reader to mentally map the career paths of the particular officers (and other staff) involved without difficulty.
Reading this book with the tremendous amount of hindsight that is available, one cannot help but be aware of the tragic inevitability surrounding what was once an efficient, well-trained part of the military might of Germany. History reveals the flaws and mistakes of those in higher command but never perhaps in such a painstakingly detailed and compelling way as shown here.
I would definitely recommend David Stone’s Twilight of the Gods to anyone who wishes to gain a greater understanding of the complex chain of events and decisions which resulted in the spectacular defeat of an Imperial defence force and finally, of a fascist dictator.
Highly readable and instructive.