All the Kaiser's Men: The Life and Death of the German Army by Ian Passingham

By Ian Passingham

Confident that either God and the Kaiser have been on their aspect, the officials and males of the Imperial German military went to conflict in 1914, supremely convinced that they have been destined for a fast and crushing victory within the West. The much-vaunted Schlieffen Plan on which the predicted German victory used to be established supplied for an both decisive victory at the jap entrance. however it used to be to not be. From the wintry weather of 1914 until eventually the early months of 1918, the struggle at the Western entrance was once characterised by means of trench battle.

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16. , carton 14. This report is different from the one cited in endnote 8; it is more detailed and contains more facts and figures. McDonald's conclusions and recommendations are the same, however. 17. , carton 25. 18. Introduction to the Rhodes Diary, "1918, Diary of the World War," in the Charles D. S. Army Military History Archives, Carlisle Barracks, PA, [Hereafter cite as MHI with appropriate collections]. 19. Biographical data from the Rhodes Papers, MHI. 20. Training Report, 82nd Division, 27 February 1918, RG 120, carton 11.

38. Adjutant General to Burnham, 3 April 1918, ibid. 39. Burnham to Adjutant General, 5 April 1918, ibid. 40. David M. Kennedy, Over Here: The First World War and American Society (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1980), 157-58. 41. Second Report of the Provost Marshall General to the Secretary of War on the Operations of the Selective Service System to December 20, 1918 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1919), 92-107. These pages contain very critical and informative data. 42. Julius Olsen Knud Questionnaire, MHI.

27 This was a very good sign for the division, in that it showed attention to detail on the part of mess sergeants, and oversight of kitchen police by mess personnel. NCOs were taking their duties seriously, and that was very encouraging, since many of the corporals and sergeants had themselves just been drafted into the Army. There were fifty-four kitchens and mess halls in operation in the 82nd Division, feeding about twenty-five thousand soldiers three meals per day. Supervising this massive operation was the divisional cooking school, which had only seven officers and forty-two NCOs.

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