Revered and reviled as the epitome of German militarism, Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg was one of the dominant figures of the Great War and of 20th century Germany. Alongside his brilliant military partner Erich Ludendorff, he secured a crucial victory over the Russians at Tannenberg and the Battle of the Masurian Lakes.
Many argue that beneath his powerful facade was a weak-willed man who relied heavily on the advice of others to make decisions. Nevertheless he became a cult figure in Germany and wooden statues of him were built all over the country, into which people nailed money and cheques for war bonds. After the war, an aged von Hindenburg was persuaded to run for the office of President and, thanks to his war hero status, was elected in 1925. He remained in office until his death in August 1934.
His war memoirs, written in the immediate aftermath of the German defeat in 1918, provide compelling insights into German strategy, and are essential reading for anyone interested in the First World War. This abridged edition includes a new introduction by the renowned historian, Charles Messenger.
The Great War memoirs of Paul von Hindenburg, the towering titan who, with his military partner Erich Ludendorff, crushed the Russians at Tannenberg and the Masurian Lakes, and then oversaw the war on the western front. Although often accused of being a mere figurehead, Hindenburg’s book offers insights into German strategy and war aims unavailable elsewhere.