FIRST REICH: The German Army in the Franco-Prussian War 1870-71

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Because it lasted only seven months, the Franco-Prussian War has sometimes been ignored by historians and yet it merits study for the fact that it was the first deployment of a ruthlessly efficient and superbly organised German Army, a phenomenon that was to be seen twice more in the next 75 years. Indeed, military professionals and history students have long sought a thorough account of this conflict for the very reasons of its significance in both military development and European evolution. The war machine of the expansive Prussians used organisational strength and modern techniques to prevail over the more antiquated French and yet the battles were keenly fought and brought awesome casualties. The lessons learned by both sides, and onlookers, had a mighty impact; the emergence of a dominant German land force, a German nation and a German Empire determined the course of European and world history for a century and beyond. The story of the war is told with vigour and accuracy and will be a significant contribution to military history and to our understanding of the development of Europe as we see it today.

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David Stone is a formerBritish army infantry officer. Much of his service was in Germany, both with and alongside soldiers of the Bundeswehr in peacetime and on operations. Hebecame a military historian in 2002, and is the author of the authoritative works Hitler’s Army: The Men, Machines and Organisation, 1929-1945 (Conway, 2009) and Fighting for the Fatherland: The Story of the German Soldier from 1648 to the Present Day (Conway, 2006). Richard Holmes described the latter as ‘the most comprehensive and accessible account of the German soldier ever published in English.’ His other titles include the acclaimed ‘First Reich’ (2002), Battles in Focus: Dien Bien Phu (2004), Wars of the Cold War (2004) and War Summits (2005). He also wrote Cold War Warriors (1998) and was a consultant and co-author of World War II Chronicle (2007).

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Europe [was] profoundly influenced by the Franco-Prussian War..."First Reich" is a wise, timely, much-needed evaluation of that conflict... -- Military History, June 2003

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