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David Stone
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Casemate (January 19, 2012)
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Shattered Genius is an important read for anyone interested in World War II in Europe. This is a book by an English military historian first published in England in 2011, telling in solid prose of the German General Staff and its history from 1919 till 1945.

Shattered Genius is an important read for anyone interested in World War II in Europe. It makes no attempt to be "popular" but nevertheless tells well how the German General Staff often opposed Hitler but did its work often competently. They might have tried to overthrow Hitler if he had started World War Ii in 1938 but his success at Munich scotched that plan. 1939 and 1940 saw such success that to attempt to thwart Hitler would have been unsuccessful.

David Stone's ninth book was Twilight of the Gods: The Decline and Fall of the German General Staff in World War II, published in 2011

David Stone's ninth book was Twilight of the Gods: The Decline and Fall of the German General Staff in World War II, published in 2011.

Shattered Genius book. The apparent goal of Shattered Genius is to examine the relationship of the German General Staff with Hitler during the Second World War. But, if you are looking for a study of the German General Staff in the Second World War, look elsewhere. At a high level the book devolves into a medium-length treatment of World War II, with occasional mention of the General Staff and its members.

Stone carries the story of the general staff through the post-World War I years of military reform under Seeckt and . The bulk of the book, of course, deals with the general staff's relationship with Hitler and the Nazi regime.

Stone carries the story of the general staff through the post-World War I years of military reform under Seeckt and Hindenburg, seeking to revive German military might, to the rise of Hitler. Some officers were unsure of the some of the actions of the regime, but on the whole the general staff served Hitler well, delivering the spectacular victories of 1939, 1940, and 1941.

highly readable story that artfully blends the general staff's brief history with Germany's, from the late 19th century through the end of World War II. The extent to which the German army held sway in German society at the turn of the 20th century, for instance, was a revelation.

When Hitler enabled the transformation of the Truppenamt into the general staff in 1935, General Beck saw an opportunity to re-establish a command of great power and influence that would act as a stabilising influence on Germany as a whole. Such a vision ran directly contrary to Hitler's ideology, however, setting up a tension that continued to ferment throughout the war, culminating in the assassination attempt on the Fuhrer by an internal resistance movement in 1944.

by David Stone (read 20 Dec 2015) This is a book by an English military historian first published in England in 2011, telling in solid prose of the German General Staff and its history from 1919 till 1945.

Shattered Genius The Decline and Fall of the German General Staff in World War II, by David Stone (read 20 Dec 2015) This is a book by an English military historian first published in England in 2011, telling in solid prose of the German General Staff and its history from 1919 till 1945. It makes no attempt to be "popular" but nevertheless tells well how the German General Staff often opposed Hitler but still did its work usually competently. They might have tried to overthrow Hitler if he had started World War II in 1938 but his success at Munich scotched that plan

Twilight of the Gods: The Decline and Fall of the German General Staff in World War II. David J. A. Stone

Twilight of the Gods: The Decline and Fall of the German General Staff in World War II. Stone. When Hitler enabled the transformation of the Truppenamt into the general staff in 1935, General Beck saw an opportunity to re-establish a command of great power and influence that would act as a stabilising influence on Germany as a whole. Heart of Stone Trilogy Box Set. . Crash Into Me Tristan Stone was powerful, commanding, sex incarnate. Tristan Stone has lived a life other.

tells the story of the progressive demise of the German general staff, from its revival and rearmament in 1935 to its downfall in the final years of the Second World War. The study examines why the army high command entered into. The study examines why the army high command entered into its ‘unholy alliance’ with the National Socialists and Hitler, traces the worsening relationship as the war progressed, and analyses the general staff’s role in von Stauffenberg’s 1944 assassination attempt and the failed Operation Valkyrie. Read full description. Twilight of the Gods: The Decline and Fall of the German General Staff in World War II by David Stone (Hardback, 2011). Brand new: lowest price.

The German general staff controlled all aspects of army operations- the movement, quartering, engagement and mobilizing of the troops, and to warfare in general

The German general staff controlled all aspects of army operations- the movement, quartering, engagement and mobilizing of the troops, and to warfare in general. With its roots in the Prussian army, it was manned by Germany’s best and brightest officers. Few could ascend to its ranks.

This work describes the turbulent existence of the German general staff from its resurrection by Hitler in 1935 to the end of World War II. It highlights the increasingly fractured relationship between general staff officers and Hitler during this period―a deteriorating situation that culminated in von Stauffenberg’s abortive attempt to assassinate the Führer in 1944. The failure of this plot and the unsuccessful efforts to initiate Operation Valkyrie, a plan to wrest control of Germany from the Nazis, ultimately sealed the fate of the general staff as both Hitler and Himmler exacted a series of savage reprisals in the final stages of the war.Using a wealth of new research material, David Stone has produced a masterful account of this tumultuous period, which gives detailed insight into the actions and motivations of key figures in the German Army during their dealings with the Nazis at the highest level throughout the war. Beset by stronger enemies on all fronts, the German Army also had to grapple with an internal command structure that often inhibited the pragmatic application of military solutions.The author traces the historical development of the general staff and subsequently examines the tensions and challenges it faced under the Third Reich. The crisis of conscience that many officers faced is also highlighted, as the articles of the Soldier’s Oath―a personal vow of loyalty to Hitler himself―seemed increasingly irreconcilable with the actions of an ideologically obsessed and dangerous leader.The book dispels many prevalent myths that surround the general staff, such as its perceived infallibility, the belief that it unquestioningly supported Hitler’s policies, and the convention that it was primarily the general staff which persuaded Hitler to declare war in 1939. At the same time, it identifies failings of the general staff as a whole that meant serious errors of judgment were made in dealings with the Nazis both before and after the party’s rise to power. Yet the general staff was still able to prosecute the war effectively up to late 1941 and to prolong the conflict to 1945, despite overwhelming odds and diminished resources. Such feats did not satisfy the Führer, however, and ultimately the disaffected general staff’s links to the German resistance movement led to a catastrophic fall into ruin.REVIEWS “…packed with maps, organizational charts and a glossary. The work is solid and delves into the heart of an extremely complex subject. David Stone should be congratulated on producing such an accessible and vivid description of how a proud institution can fall.”Wargamer“…highly readable story that artfully blends the general staff's brief history with Germany's, from the late 19th century through the end of World War II. The extent to which the German army held sway in German society at the turn of the 20th century, for instance, was a revelation. Stone's in-depth analysis of the general staff's post–World War I rebirth and its distaste for the Nazi government makes clear the anger that sparked two officer-led, unsuccessful attempts on Hitler's life, the last of which led to its final emasculation.”Military History an important read for anyone interested in World War II in Europe NYMAS Spring 2015
  • post_name
An eminently readable expose of the Great German General Staff. Simply indispensable, in addition to Warlimont 'Hitler's Headquarters.'

--Oliver Haddo
  • Blackbeard
I bought this book on the recommendation of a friend who is interested in learning more about the German Wehrmacht. I decided to buy it sight unseen because I also have been reading a lot about the German military in World War II as of late (Citino's The Wehrmacht in Retreat and Stahel's Kiev 1941 & Barbarossa volumes to name a few). This book looks at the German General Staff's role historically, its surreptitious creation during the Reichwehr period, and its performance during World War II. A strong secondary theme deals with the German General Staff's role in the resistance against Hitler. The book consists of fifteen chapters, respectively entitled 1.) A Tradition of Excellence, 1870 - 1918; 2.) Progress and Pragmatism: The Reichswehr and General von Seeckt; 3.) An Unholy Alliance, 1925 - 1939; 4.) Revival and Rearmament, 1935 - 1939; 5.) Distrust and Dissent: The Czech Crisis and the Halder Plot, 1938; 6.) At War Again: The Polish Campaign, 1939; 7.) Blitzkrieg, The Defeat of France, 1940; 8.) Strategic Options and Operational Sideshows, 1940 - 41; 9.) The Path to Barbarossa, 1940 - 1941; 10.) Unleashing the Whirlwind, June to December 1941; 11.) A War of Attrition, 1942 - 1944, 12.) Duty and Honour; Plots and Conspiracies, 1934 - 1944; 13.) The Final Gamble, 20 July 1944; 14.) Into the Abyss, 1944 - 1945; and 15.) Truth and Consequences, 1935 - 1945; acknowledgements, notes, bibliography, glossary and 6 appendices including a map section with six maps, two of which cover the events of 20 July. Overall, it was quite apparent that the author was interested in the topic and was able to organize his information well. The only reason that I subtracted a star from my evaluation was because Stone relies too heavily on dated secondary sources when discussing the Wehrmacht's campaigns from June 1941 onward. I also had a raise an eyebrow when he (as a retired British Army officer) attempted to make a case in Chapter 14 for Montgomery's single thrust to Berlin plan. I suppose that is what they teach in Sandhurst (still). Highly recommended to those readers interested in the German military during World War II with the caveat that Stone doesnt make full use the latest scholarship based on primary source records (ala Stahel) nor does his bibliography contain German language references.
  • Cetnan
The book is a bit dry. But it's an excellent product as a hardback book.
It tells the story of the German General staff, primarily dealing with
the Russian campaign. Best book on that subject, and best book on WWII
I've ever read, is Alan Clark's "Barbarossa" (spelling?)
  • Yllk
A summary of the review on StrategyPage.Com:

'British military historian Stone takes a fresh look at the German General Staff during the Second World War. He opens with an overview of the history of the general staff from victory in 1870 through defeat in 1918, during which it demonstrated both its skill at planning and conducting war on a grand scale, and also its blind spots, notably its failure to grasp the diplomatic, political, and economic aspects of warfare, which led to defeat in 1918. The general staff’s blindness manifests itself through the balance of the book. Stone carries the story of the general staff through the post-World War I years of military reforms under Seeckt and Hindenburg, seeking to revive German military might. The bulk of the book, of course, deals with the general corps’ relationship with Hitler and the Nazi regime. Some officers were unsure of the some of the actions of the regime, but on the whole the general staff served Hitler well. Although in postwar writings senior German officers ignored the fact that Hitler often made better decisions than those urged by the general staff despite its own “perceived infallibility”, it was the skill of the general staff that enabled Germany to hold out as long as it did, though it never won a war after 1870. Shattered Genius is an important read for anyone interested in World War II in Europe.'

For the full review, see StrategyPage.Com
  • Original
This is a book by an English military historian first published in England in 2011, telling in solid prose of the German General Staff and its history from 1919 till 1945. It makes no attempt to be "popular" but nevertheless tells well how the German General Staff often opposed Hitler but did its work often competently. They might have tried to overthrow Hitler if he had started World War Ii in 1938 but his success at Munich scotched that plan. 1939 and 1940 saw such success that to attempt to thwart Hitler would have been unsuccessful. Hitler often disregarded the generals' advice and often such disregard led to failure. After the July 20, 1944, assassination plot failed Hitler distrusted the generals, who never would have done the dumb things Hitler did: attacking Russia before England was conquered, and declaring war on the United States. This book I found better than I expected and it is full of good reasoning. And as always it is pleasant to read of the fall of Hitler and the Nazis.