by Michael P. Kihntopf
Shippensburg, Pa.: White Mane, 2000. Pp. vii, 116.
Illus, maps, tables, append., notes, biblio., index. $19.95. ISBN:1-57249-148-5
Considering its length, Victory in the East is a surprisingly good, rather comprehensive treatment of the Eastern Front from 1914 through 1919, including not only operations between the Central Powers and Russia, but also operations in Serbia and on the Salonika front.
Although the emphasis is on the German Army, from basic policy through operations, the author does not neglect events in which the Germans did not take part, and provides some coverage of Germany’s allies and enemies; Indeed, the Russian Army is rather more favorably treated than is usually the case.
There are a number of errors in the book. For example, it’s highly unlikely that the German Army learned anything from the American Civil War.
Nevertheless, Victory in the East is worthwhile reading for anyone interested in World War I, and the notes ought not to be neglected.