PamphletHandbook of the German Army in War April, 1918. Published by the British General Staff, 1918. First edition. 8" x 6.5" inches. Compiled by British Intelligence, "for restricted official use only " and "issue by the General Staff." In 1914 and with the emergence of trench warfare on a vast scale, most of the earlier concepts of the military offensive and defense became obsolete and the changing face of battle consigned most pre-war military intelligence publications to a state of irrelevancy. As a consequence the British War office responded in 1918 by revising the German Army handbook, drawing on a wealth of new material gathered by British Intelligence during the Great War. This superbly researched work covers the German Army as it appeared at the time of its Spring offensive in 1918. It shows how the static conventions of trench warfare usurped the traditional role of cavalry, and how the German Army were able to take advantage of the dominance of the machine-gun on the Western Front in 1915. Covers recruiting, officers & men, mobilization & expansion of the army, command & staffs, infantry, machine gun units, cavalry, artillery supply, engineer, medical, landstrurm & the Air Service. Has several foldout charts as well as foldout maps. One of the maps is a full size (24" x 20") rendering of Army Corps Districts in the German Empire, depicting its Prussian, Saxon, Bavarian, and Wurttemburg sub-districts. Has plates of German military personnel of different divisions and rank showing their uniforms, and there are also charts of the various military insignia and monograms that don the jackets within the German ranks. Another map shows the military railway directorates and line commands on the Western front, as of June 1917, and there are also diagrams and images of the particularly destructive German artillery. Some toning to cover and small tears at top and bottom of spine, but the binding is tight and the pages are bright and free of foxing. In very good condition overall.