The Last Prussian: A Biography of Field Marshal Gerd Von Rundstedt Hardcover – 20 Oct 2011
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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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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.Read more ›
Only a few typing errors let the book down.
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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...