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s/t: The Fatal Flaws of German Generalship from Moltke to GuderianMore than 60 years after their utter defeat & surrender, the Nazi army, navy & air force are still remembered as the best organized, best trained, best equipped & mostMores/t: The Fatal Flaws of German Generalship from Moltke to GuderianMore than 60 years after their utter defeat & surrender, the Nazi army, navy & air force are still remembered as the best organized, best trained, best equipped & most formidable fighting forces of their day. The same can be said of the massive German army that battled under Kaiser Wilhelm a generation earlier. Led by brilliant generals & backed by state-of-the-art munitions industries, these powerful military organizations struck terror in the hearts of enemies & allies alike. So, why did they lose? In this masterful account of the failed German war machine, military historian Kenneth Macksey reveals that Germanys catastrophic failures had little to do with the random fortunes of war, but were the inevitable result of its military structure, leadership & history. Its great strengths--inspired generals & strategists, the innovative development of military forces, & the great skill & tenacity of its fighting men--were repeatedly undermined by short-term war policies, arrogance & a tendency to believe its own propaganda, & the politicization of military staffs. These flaws, problematic even in Germanys great 19th century victories, became fatal when combined with 20th century dreams of world dominion. Complete with campaign maps, command-structure charts & lists of major German military leaders, Why the Germans Lose at War combines brilliant military & political analysis with a powerful cautionary tale for any nation that seeks to rule the world thru force alone.Kenneth Macksey is the author of Guderian: Panzer General, Rommel: Campaigns & Battles, & the alternate history Invasion: The German Invasion of England. July 1940.