Review: The Great War (Von Hindenburg) [Messenger, editor]


The Great War.

Any time one reads a translation, one is at the mercy of the translator’s skills and biases, and the same caveat holds true for an edited work; nevertheless, this edited translation may give a fairly accurate glimpse of the mind of the Field Marshal.

A thorough Prussian, his enduring loyalty to his “All Highest War Lord” can be taken as an indirect indicator of the attitude of the Kaiser himself, who deserves no quarter in the assignment of German war guilt. Von Hindenburg also seems to be among the first to promulgate the Dolchstoßlegende, because the memoir is of early vintage (1920).

The only photograph is a frontispiece formal portrait of the author. The few line-drawn maps are of the Battle of Tannenberg and the main theaters of war, and thus are crowded, but understandable. The index is adequate.

An interesting source of insight into the mental processes of the militarists who invented the Great War, and prosecuted it to its bitter end.

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