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The German Army In The Interwar Years

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For the military historian the inter-war years are probably one of the most fascinating periods of the twentieth century, despite the fact that it was a comparatively peaceful time for most of the European powers. Historiography of the German army in this period has very much concentrated on the development of the so-called 'Blitzkrieg' as a prerequisite for the German successes in the first half of the Second World War. The quick change from operational defence to a more offensive approach was facilitated by the understanding of the defence, which had its roots in Clausewitz's definition of the term. For the German army, defence at the tactical and operational levels was not meant to be the inactive awaiting of the enemy's blows.

Keywords: German army; inter-war years



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