The Wehrmacht Retreats Fighting a Lost War 1943 Modern War

ltpgtThroughout 1943 the German army heirs to a military tradition that demanded and perfected relentless offensive operations succumbed to the realities of its own overreach and the demands of twentieth century industrialised warfare In his new study prizewinning author Robert Citino chronicles this weakening Wehrmacht now fighting desperately on the defensive but still remarkably dangerous and lethal ltpgt ltpgtDrawing on his impeccable command of German language sources Citino offers fresh vivid and detailed treatments of key campaigns during this fateful year the Allied landings in North Africa General von Mansteins great counterstroke in front of Kharkov the German attack at Kasserine Pass the titanic engagement of tanks and men at Kursk the Soviet counteroffensives at Orel and Belgorod and the Allied landings in Sicily and Italy Through these events he reveals how a military establishment historically configured for violent aggression reacted when the tables were turned how German commanders viewed their newest enemy the US Army after brutal fighting against the British and Soviets and why despite their superiority in materiel and manpower the Allies were unable to turn 1943 into a muchdecisive year ltpgt ltpgtApplying the keen operational analysis for which he is so highly regarded Citino contends that virtually every flawed German decisionto defend Tunis to attack at Kursk and then call off the offensive to abandon Sicily to defend Italy high up the boot and then down much closer to the toehad strong supporters among the armys officer corps He looks at all of these engagements from the perspective of each combatant nation and also establishes beyond a shadow of a doubt the synergistic interplay between the fronts ltpgt ltpgtUltimately Citino produces a grim portrait of the German officer corps dispelling the long standing tendency to blame every bad decision on Hitler Filled with telling vignettes and sharp portraits and copiously documented ltemgtThe Wehrmacht Retreatsltemgt is a dramatic and fast paced narrative that will engage military historians and general readers alike ltpgt ltpgtThis book is part of the ltemgtModern War Studies seriesltemgt ltpgtltpgtThroughout 1943 the German army heirs to a military tradition that demanded and perfected relentless offensive operations succumbed to the realities of its own overreach and the demands of twentieth century industrialised warfare In his new study prizewinning author Robert Citino chronicles this weakening Wehrmacht now fighting desperately on the defensive but still remarkably dangerous and lethal ltpgt ltpgtDrawing on his impeccable command of German language sources Citino offers fresh vivid and detailed treatments of key campaigns during this fateful year the Allied landings in North Africa General von Mansteins great counterstroke in front of Kharkov the German attack at Kasserine Pass the titanic engagement of tanks and men at Kursk the Soviet counteroffensives at Orel and Belgorod and the Allied landings in Sicily and Italy Through these events he reveals how a military establishment historically configured for violent aggression reacted when the tables were turned how German commanders viewed their newest enemy the US Army after brutal fighting against the British and Soviets and why despite their superiority in materiel and manpower the Allies were unable to turn 1943 into a muchdecisive year ltpgt ltpgtApplying the keen operational analysis for which he is so highly regarded Citino contends that virtually every flawed German decisionto defend Tunis to attack at Kursk and then call off the offensive to abandon Sicily to defend Italy high up the boot and then down much closer to the toehad strong supporters among the armys officer corps He looks at all of these engagements from the perspective of each combatant nation and also establishes beyond a shadow of a doubt the synergistic interplay between the fronts ltpgt ltpgtUltimately Citino produces a grim portrait of the German officer corps dispelling the long standing tendency to blame every bad decision on Hitler Filled with telling vignettes and sharp portraits and copiously documented ltemgtThe Wehrmacht Retreatsltemgt is a dramatic and fast paced narrative that will engage military historians and general readers alike ltpgt ltpgtThis book is part of the ltemgtModern War Studies seriesltemgt ltpgtltpgtThroughout 1943 the German army heirs to a military tradition that demanded and perfected relentless offensive operations succumbed to the realities of its own overreach and the demands of twentieth century industrialised warfare In his new study prizewinning author Robert Citino chronicles this weakening Wehrmacht now fighting desperately on the defensive but still remarkably dangerous and lethal ltpgt ltpgtDrawing on his impeccable command of German language sources Citino offers fresh vivid and detailed treatments of key campaigns during this fateful year the Allied landings in North Africa General von Mansteins great counterstroke in front of Kharkov the German attack at Kasserine Pass the titanic engagement of tanks and men at Kursk the Soviet counteroffensives at Orel and Belgorod and the Allied landings in Sicily and Italy Through these events he reveals how a military establishment historically configured for violent aggression reacted when the tables were turned how German commanders viewed their newest enemy the US Army after brutal fighting against the British and Soviets and why despite their superiority in materiel and manpower the Allies were unable to turn 1943 into a muchdecisive year ltpgt ltpgtApplying the keen operational analysis for which he is so highly regarded Citino contends that virtually every flawed German decisionto defend Tunis to attack at Kursk and then call off the offensive to abandon Sicily to defend Italy high up the boot and then down much closer to the toehad strong supporters among the armys officer corps He looks at all of these engagements from the perspective of each combatant nation and also establishes beyond a shadow of a doubt the synergistic interplay between the fronts ltpgt ltpgtUltimately Citino produces a grim portrait of the German officer corps dispelling the long standing tendency to blame every bad decision on Hitler Filled with telling vignettes and sharp portraits and copiously documented ltemgtThe Wehrmacht Retreatsltemgt is a dramatic and fast paced narrative that will engage military historians and general readers alike ltpgt ltpgtThis book is part of the ltemgtModern War Studies seriesltemgt ltpgt