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German And French Regiments On The Western Front, 1914–1918

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This chapter talks about how the fundamental changes in the German and French armies developed at regimental level during the First World War. It explores a central problem that the regiments faced during the first, and the initial part of the second, phases of the World war. The chapter examines how the Western Front was used to test tactical and technological innovations, placing regiments under immense pressure to continually adapt. It delineates the shift away from the ideal of the aristocratic officer to a more modern concept of leadership. The chapter also examines the evolution of regimental morale and esprit de corps, looking in particular at the insights this provides for the German army during the last months of the war.

Keywords: First World War; French armies; German army; Western Front



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