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Enduring the Great War: Combat, Morale and Collapse in the German and British Armies, 1914-1918 (Cambridge Military Histories) Hardcover – 17 Apr 2008

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  • Hardcover: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (17 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521881013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521881012
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,930,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review of the hardback: 'Alexander Watson's Enduring the Great War is certainly a must-read for all students of World War I, as well as those who write about it. Ably written and nicely illustrated, this study boasts an impressive depth of research in fifteen archives, repositories, and collections in Britain and Germany. … [It] belongs on the shelf of any scholar who aspires to be current on the literature of twentieth-century Europe.' History: Reviews of New Books

Review of the hardback: 'A superbly researched monograph on a difficult subject … It is impossible to do justice to such an impressive study in a short review. As an instrument for further research on the subject, it is without parallel: the nine pages listing the archival sources used provide an ideal springboard for any subsequent scholar interested in exploring the field further … while the copious bibliogrpahy of up-to-date primary and secondary publications will be a great help for anyone teaching a course on the First World War. … all university libraries will want to acquire it - as well as all departments of history and departments of British, German, and war studies.' H-Net Reviews

Review of the hardback: 'The analysis here is fresh and well argued: the conclusions are stimulating and will cause many to re-examine long held understandings.' Contemporary Review

Review of the hardback: 'In six closely argued and well documented chapters, Watson analyses soldiers motivations for joining and fighting, survival and coping strategies, junior office leadership, moral and endurance and, finally, the causes of German collapse in 1918.' Stand To!

Review of the hardback: 'This is an extremely good book, which makes a significant contribution to the history of the First World War and to the wider study of combat effectiveness. Alexander Watson has analysed a wide range of primary sources in an original manner: the result is a stimulating work that will become required reading. … [His] ability to incorporate the information he has gathered in a readable volume is truly impressive. … This book blends military, social, cultural, and psychological history with panache. … It is to be hoped that it will be both example and provocation for further, similarly brilliant work, which will test its arguments and approach on other fronts and other nations.' Dr. Dan Todman, War in History

Review of the hardback: 'With its impressive use of archival evidence, its mastery of the relevant secondary literature, and its scrupulously fair-minded treatment of the German army, this book is well worth reading for anyone who seeks a glimpse inside the minds of the men, both British and German, who fought the Great War.' Dr Jesse Kauffman, H-Net

Review of the hardback: '… an exciting comparative study.' The Times Literary Supplement

'Alexander Watson has produced a work that reflects his tremendous scholarship.' Open History

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This unique account of how German and British soldiers endured the horror of the First World War argues that at the heart of armies' robustness lay natural human resilience. It explains why the British outlasted their opponents by examining and comparing German and British soldiers' motivation, morale and coping mechanisms.

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Based on the author's PhD thesis, this book looks mainly at the morale of the German army on the Western Front, but also the British Army. The collapse referred to in the sub-title is of the German Army!. It is based on letters, intelligence and combat reports. It is an extremely useful contribution, but I feel a better discussion of what actually comprsies and contributes to morale would have made it more useful.
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Tough reading but the first serious English study of the difficulties of the German Army in WW1. Makes one think that the German army in Flanders suffered much more than the English & Commonwealth. This in turn work prompts me to think that the critics of Haig (who was hoping that one big push would crack the German army) could have been too critical. Haig was entitled to rely on his instincts as well as an unsatisfactory head of intelligence, Charteris.,perhaps Professor Sheffield should be invited to review Dr Watson's book.
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It is a very long time since I flagged 25 pages in any book, let alone such a relatively short one. Well written, accessible and with footnotes (!) this book is packed with comparative data of British and German circumstances with some French material. Read it!
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If one considers that the truth about both the British & German Armies as being symbolised by an onion. Then this book strips away many of the layers of the propaganda and stereotyped impression built up by years of Propaganda misleading "histories"i.e. Books written without access to the facts and for that matter Films both War Time and Subsequent.

It is refreshing through this book to get closer to what happened, how it was dealt with at most levels and the disillusionment and reaction to politicians that followed
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HASH(0x8bf6de4c) out of 5 stars Superb book about combat motivation 5 May 2010
By J. L. Throckmorton - Published on Amazon.com
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The editorial reviews on this book's Amazon page provide an accurate appraisal of this book. It is an outstanding work on combat motivation, using a broad archive of sources related to the experience of the British and German Armies on the Western Front. In college I took a course on leadership and Lord Moran's classic "Anatomy of Courage" was required reading. This book is a worthy successor and should be on the syllabus of every military academy and ROTC program.

The author touches on how individual risk assessments, soldier coping mechanisms, small group cohesion and socialization, and command leadership at battalion and below all combine to affect combat motivation.

I'll note that while this book is relatively short and well-written, it is not a quick read. The author makes so many insightful points that I frequently paused to reflect and apply his conclusions to other conflicts and my own experiences. The author wisely limits the scope of his remarks just to the World War I British and Western Front Germans, but his insights could apply to just about any army or war for 50 years before or after the Great War.
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HASH(0x8bf6deac) out of 5 stars Excellent scholarly work on WW1 6 May 2013
By Hanagin - Published on Amazon.com
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As the other reviewer said, this is not light reading. With a length of some 220+ pages, this takes a surprisingly long time to read--but that is not a condemnation. Although written with a more scholarly audience in mind, this book is accessible reading for anyone interested in the history of the Great War, assuming you already have a general knowledge of the period. Because the author seeks to examine the nature of combat, he does not dwell much on larger events, campaigns or characters. Instead, it is an in-depth examination of the nature of war as experienced on the Western Front. I'd consider myself well-read in the period, and I still found many things that I had not heard before. I especially liked how much the author drew from German language sources, as well as modern psychological research.
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HASH(0x8c13e8e8) out of 5 stars If you have a good background on the Great War this will certainly fill ... 8 Jun. 2015
By Anthony J. Andrea - Published on Amazon.com
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If you have a good background on the Great War this will certainly fill in the detail about how people put up with it for so long.

Would not recommend it for the general reader as it is about the British and German Armies and you would need an appreciation of the massive losses in the big battles like the Somme, Ypres,Paschemdale, Verdun and the Nivelle Offensive to really get the most out of the book.
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