Jackboot: A History of the German Soldier 1713-1945

Jackboot A History of the German Soldier Traces the influences which have shaped the character of the German army from the time of Frederick the Great to the end of World War II The author sets out to re establish the reputation for which th

  • Title: Jackboot: A History of the German Soldier 1713-1945
  • Author: John Laffin
  • ISBN: 9781566197502
  • Page: 181
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Traces the influences which have shaped the character of the German army from the time of Frederick the Great to the end of World War II The author sets out to re establish the reputation for which the German soldier was once renowned, and which was distorted by Nazi atrocities.

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    1. John Laffin was a prolific author with nearly 130 books to his name Many of his books concerned military history.Laffin s parents both served in WWI, his father in the 20th Battalion and his mother as a nurse In 1940, aged 24, having worked with Smith s Weekly and The Wagga Advertiser, he enlisted in the 2nd AIF He trained as an infantryman and later completed an officer course before serving in New Guinea While convalescing in Sydney in 1943 he met his wife Hazelle.After the war Laffin worked for a number of newspapers and magazines, wrote short novels and began his own feature service and editing unit With his family he left for England in 1956 where he resided for nearly 40 years He wrote articles for Australian newspapers and taught English, history and geography in secondary colleges.Laffin traveled extensively in Europe, especially the Western Front areas of WWI and in the Middle East He returned to Australia in 1995 but Hazelle developed heart problems and died in early 1997 He is survived by his two daughters, Bronwen and Pirenne, and a son, Craig.

    2. As relevant today as it was when first published in 1965. This book takes a look at the German soldier and the German army through out history. The author has a great writing stroy that makes this book a joy to read. The book paints of vivid picture of both soliders and officers from the Prussian armies through to the end of World War II. In my opinion this is an important book as it takes us through a journey with many stops along the way. It looks at the very nature of war and what war means a [...]

    3. Excellent book on the building of the German war machine from the time of Frederick the Great to Hitler. Although this could have been a rather dry and pedantic subject, the author has made it come alive with his narrative and his research is flawless. It provides insight into the minds of the German military, from the officer class to the common soldier and frankly, is frightening. Highly recommended for the history/military buff.

    4. First published in 1965, Jackboot traces the story of German militarism from the 17th century up to the date of print. The tone is decidedly German-biased, but you can generally spot where this is a problem - I found that wherever overly bombastic language was in use, this indicated some gargantuan exaggerations of fact and could be mentally toned down accordingly. Ince you allow for this, you actually do learn some useful information. However, you then tend to treat much of the historical detai [...]

    5. If you like oversimplification, historical confusion,silly opinions, and glaring personal ideas passed off as fact. this may be the book for you. This book is clearly for children in the 60s. But I feel it probably misled them tooOn the other hand- it covers a topic people like, so its gonna get read. And it does feature a lot of cool pics. But I counsel against counting this as a definitive work. Its a cute little book, unencumbered by historical reality.For Wargamers and German Army fan boys, [...]

    6. Another look inside the creation of the most effective military machine ever created for all the wrong reasons. Like any sane person I hate the Nazis, but , to avoid recreating the past, we must learn from it.

    7. Anyone interested in European history from the Romantic to the Modern era could benefit from reading this book. The focus is as much on the societies that produced the German armies of each generation as the tactics utilized by them.

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