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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding read
David Stone's detailed history of the German General Staff is both readable and meticulously researched. The book provides a genuine insight into the workings of this military organisation and how it could have won the war for the Germans or toppled Hitler and Nazi regime if events had played out differently. This is an impressive piece of history scholarship but written...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but poorly fact checked
Its an interesting book but there are so many facts wrong it underminds what should be a good book.

Ranks are wrong throught the book (in his comments on army group centre he get all the army commanders ranks wrong bar Guderian as Col-Gen even omiting that Kluge was a Field Marshal then repeating all the errors in an appendix), he gives the wrong Luftflotte...
Published on 19 July 2012 by Jay


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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding read, 3 Sep 2014
David Stone's detailed history of the German General Staff is both readable and meticulously researched. The book provides a genuine insight into the workings of this military organisation and how it could have won the war for the Germans or toppled Hitler and Nazi regime if events had played out differently. This is an impressive piece of history scholarship but written in a very accessible manner. An excellent read for anyone interested in military history or leadership and strategy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing insight..., 16 April 2014
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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but poorly fact checked, 19 July 2012
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Its an interesting book but there are so many facts wrong it underminds what should be a good book.

Ranks are wrong throught the book (in his comments on army group centre he get all the army commanders ranks wrong bar Guderian as Col-Gen even omiting that Kluge was a Field Marshal then repeating all the errors in an appendix), he gives the wrong Luftflotte losing the original Western campaign plan (1 [based in East Prussia] rather than 2) and many more

Most of these slips are not very relevent and its hard to see how they can have sliped through as the author clearly has read a lot around the subject but seems to have kept very flawed notes or just relied on memory
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