PanzerTruppen at War (Armor at War 7018)
By Robert Michulec
Publisher: Concord Publications 1998 72 Pages
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There was a considerable delay in the creation of the German armored forces. A possible reason for this is that the officer cadre of the German Imperial Army, which was led by old-fashioned generals, had problems interpreting the new face of modern war, which they encountered for the first time during the Great War. While the Allies put over twelve hundred tanks into service in 1918 and planned a great armored offensive for the next year, the German generals considered these "tin cans" to be barely more than toys, whose use was improper according to such serious people as the generals of the Great Staff. They still believed in the power of ideology, which they felt made soldiers armed with guns more prone to fight for fatherland and emperor. So. when the German front collapsed under the tracks of allied tanks, the generals had difficulty understanding why. General Ludendorff could only say that 8 August 1918, the day when British tanks broke the German front line, was a "black day for the German Army." The same general, however, had no time or will to equip this army earlier with large numbers of tanks, when all control of military matters had been in his hands.