Title JACKBOOT: THE STORY OF THE GERMAN SOLDIER, 1713-1945.
Publisher Barnes & Noble, New York, 1995.
Seller ID 23688
238 pp, 8vo (8 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1566197503 B&w illustrations. "(T)races the background and influences that shaped the character of the German soldier from the time of Frederick the Great to the end of the Second World War. ...Laffin provides an illuminating account of the attitude of the individual soldier to the increasing militarism of the years before the First World War. Included here are extracts from letters written by young German soldiers who, in spite o f t h e mud and carnage, regarded the war as a sacred mission that would bring honor and glory to their country. After Germany's defeat the Treaty of Versailles came as a blow to German pride and helped pave the way to the Second World War. P s yc ho l og y no w played a role in the German soldier's training, and emphasis was given to individual initiative - a concept wholly contrary to the old training that required strict obedience. But such preparation was no match for the Russian wi nt er of 19 42, a nd John Laffin's graphic account of that ill-fated campaign, culminating in the defeat at Stalingrad, pays tribute to German tenacity and resourcefulness." Faint erased pencil mark on free front end paper, minor wrinkling at bott om of spi ne. Du st jac ket has minor rubbing and small wrinkle at bottom of spine. Very Good+/Very Good+