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WHY THE GERMANS LOSE AT WAR: The Myth of German Military Superiority (1996)

by Kenneth Macksey

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A promising idea for a book, but a disappointing execution of it.

The idea is simple - Germany, a powerful nation with a strongly militaristic history, fought two major wars in the twentieth century and lost them both. So, why? Was there a systemic reason for it?

The book implies there is an answer, but then evades giving one. Two hundred pages, of which three-quarters are a narrative of the ins and outs of what the German general staff did from 1936 to 1945, then six pages of vague remarks about overconfidence and it ends. There doesn't seem to have been an actual theory, or if there was the author didn't put it across even remotely clearly. It's a pity; it could have been an interesting topic.
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Originally published as "From Triumph to Disaster" (1996) and later reissued as "Why the Germans lose at war : the myth of German military superiority" (1999)
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