Command Culture: Officer Education within the U.S. Army and the German Armed Forces, 1901-1940, and the Consequences for World War II via Jörg Muth
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Overview: Winner of the Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award, 2012.
In Command Culture, Jörg Muth examines the other paths the United States Army and the German Armed Forces traveled to make a choice, train, and advertise their officials within the an important time ahead of World War II. Muth demonstrates that the army training device in Germany represented an arranged effort the place every college and exam supplied the stepping stone for the following. But within the United States, there existed no communique about educating contents or didactical issues a number of the quite a lot of faculties and academies, they usually existed in a self selected insular setting. American officials who in the end made their approach via an erratic variety procedure and previous West Point to the essential Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, discovered themselves typically deeply disenchanted, as a result of they had been confronted once more with a reasonably under reasonable school who compelled them after each and every workout to simply accept the licensed “college resolution.”
Genre: Non-Fiction > History
Command Culture explores the ambiguity that during Germany officials got here from a closed authoritarian society however gained an especially open minded army training, while their opposite numbers within the United States got here from one of the vital democratic societies however gained an old-fashioned army training that harnessed their minds and restricted their initiative. On the opposite hand, German officer applicants discovered that during conflict the entirety is imaginable and a conflict of extermination applicable. For American officials, raised in a democracy, positive obstacles may just by no means be crossed.
This paintings for the primary time obviously explains the loss of audacity of many top rating American officials all through World War II, in addition to the explanation why such a lot of German officials changed into perpetrators or accomplices of conflict crimes and atrocities or remained bystanders with out talking up. Those American officials who changed into exceptional leaders in World War II did so no longer such a lot on account of their army training, however in spite of it.