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The Last Prussian: A Biography of Field Marshal Gerd Von Rundstedt Hardcover – 20 Oct 2011

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  • Hardcover: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military; Reprint edition (20 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848846622
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848846623
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 3.7 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 356,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Charles Messenger served for twenty years as an officer in the Royal Tank Regiment before becoming a fulltime military historian and defense analyst. He is the author of nearly forty books, including "The Blitzkrieg Story. "He lives in London, England.


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Pretty much everything you want to know about Germany's greatest military commander, Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt: next to Rommel, von Rundstedt was equally respected and esteemed by the Allies - he just wasn't that visible, as he abhorred publicity. He was "a brilliant exponent of grand tactics, a gentleman of the old school" (Field Marshal von Manstein), "the ablest of the German generals" (Eisenhower), "the best German general I have come up against" (Montgomery), "a gentleman to the core; dignified without being arrogant and essentially aristocratic in outlook; his natural dignity and good manners inspired the respect even of those who differed widely from him in views" (Basil Liddell-Hart).
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This book suffers from something many other similar biographies of German generals suffers from, and that is a severe lack of personal material. This is in stark contrast to British Generals who generally left large quantities of papers and manuscripts for a biographer to pour over. This means that you get very little insight into the character of the man, beyond his seeming adherence to the Junker code of honour. We almost never get to hear his inner thoughts until his period of captivity.

Gerd von Rundstedt has often been held out as one of the great German generals however the overwhelming feeling after having read this book is that he didn't really deserve his reputation at all. The book deals extensively with the second world war (about 100/150 pages) and his post war captivity (about 100 pages) but you get very little information on the pre-war period to explain why he was so revered other than he was highly regarded as a junior officer. He steadily rises through the ranks, finally becoming a senior officer in the early 30s. He is twice past over for the top job, the author suggests he rejects it for political reasons, but ultimately he holds a succession of senior CiC posts during the war. However due to the delegating style of command he uses, where he sets out broadly what he wants and leaves it to his Chief of Staff to organise the details, there is very little for him to hang his reputation on. By the later periods of the war, he is barely in control at all of what is going on in his command, with Hitler increasingly taking over the reins and he himself slowly sliding into senility. If anything he is very lucky to have consistently had good officers working under him.
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A sympathetic review of a brilliant career soldier whose name was feared and reviled in Britain in the mid twentieth century. Not afraid of speaking his mind to Hitler, (never a Nazi party member), he was sacked and then recalled more than a few times. A General who saw the big picture and commanded huge Army Groups with undoubted talent. Nevertheless, his adherence to 'duty' perhaps left him very fortunate not to stand in the dock at the end of the war. The book gives an insight to his family life and reveals his human side which was never publically on view.
Only a few typing errors let the book down.
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After what seemed like forever about three and a half weeks for the book to arrive I finally recieved the book. It is very good with a couple of typos in it but does lend on the word "probably" too much leaving too much room for non-factual thoughts. It does however give a real insight into the man and what he was up against. Thoroughly interesting and well worth the money. Highly detailed and I woulöd recomend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book on this General famous in history 29 Mar. 2014
By scott bailey - Published on Amazon.com
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This book covers on of the best known german Generals his history is covered from WW1 to WW2 and his short life after the war. Considered one of the best this book shows him in command at almost every fron from victory to defeat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Messenger has done a good job of rounding out the personal history of this ... 7 Sept. 2014
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Clearly written biography on a subject who was a major player in WWII but is very little known or understood. Messenger has done a good job of rounding out the personal history of this very talented man. He knew his profession from the ground up. He had the very rare talent of focusing on the main objectives and using a very highly talented staff to handle the operational and tactical details. Most don't realize that this man was selected to plan the defense against the West when he was almost 70, and was able to organize a very efficient defense in spite of very limited means and a very difficult political leader. For those looking for a revisionist history of Von Rundstedt as a willing tool of the Nazis this is not the book. He was a man willfully self isolated from politics and at the same time as all of us a part of his own environment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Real Wehrmacht Field Marshal 26 Aug. 2013
By larry fee - Published on Amazon.com
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If, you have any interest in WW II this is a must read. The Prussian Officer Corp was the Elite profession
in Germany till the end of WW I,they were one level below the Royals. Field Marshals were the Leader in the
field But Hitler used them and took the credit when winning battles and blame them for losing the war.
Gerd von Rundstedt had the respect of Wehrmacht. You will enjoy this book it's very informative...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 16 Mar. 2016
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Just scanned it, haven't started it in earnest, still reading Manstein my Mungo Melvin.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 4 Nov. 2015
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Very good information on one of Hitlers top Generals.
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