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German Army Wehrmacht Officers and Officer Selection
German Army Warrior Officers
Secrets of WW2 German Officer Selection Success
© 2009
167 pages; 12 chapters
German Army Warrior Officers is a truly unique work, requiring ten years of research.
The book describes how
German officer selection was carried out by the German
Wehrmacht
. Those German Army officers and other Wehrmacht officers were
carefully selected
after all candidates had completed a lengthy series of leadership and
personality tests that lasted as long as a week.
Waffen SS officer training was different
from German Army officer training
. German Army officer candidates were required
to serve a stint as officer aspirants in combat units.  
Waffen SS officer training is discussed in detail because it did not require any officer
aspirant tenure. Other aspects of
German Wehrmacht officer leadership are also
discussed in the book, including the emphasis on fairly awarding combat medals, officer
leadership methods, and the
German general staff. During World War 2, German officer
selection in the German Wehrmacht was democratic
. The methods utilized found and
trained excellent combat officers, who held the
German Wehrmacht (armed forces)
together until the very end in 1945. The
German general staff, and most of the highest
ranking generals in the German Wehrmacht, were not products of that German
officer selection process
, and eventually terminated it. The fact that the general staff
and other generals obtained their rank by being Prussians and/or members of the
German nobility
, is one explanation as to why so many of them were traitorous and/or
incompetent. Those who went through the
Wehrmacht officer selection process, and
became generals before the war was over,
were the best and most loyal generals.
Review Table of Contents
“The examiners analyzed the compositions not only for content but also for structure and style, giving ratings on such
aspects as imitativeness versus ease of expression. These compositions, of course, supplied samples of handwriting,
from which graphologists later made estimates of the candidates' whole personality, estimates which were generally in
seventy-four per cent agreement with results of the entire examination. The whole personality was considered, as it was in
all the tests, though the task was designed primarily for intelligence rating. Perhaps too a movie camera contributed too,
much significance was given to body language. Facial expressions (especially around the mouth) during thought were
scrutinized, and such gestures as a scratch behind the ear can indicate mental conflict. A still further glimpse of
personality was provided by the requirement that the composition be put in story form, for in a story the writer is apt to
divulge unconsciously his attitudes, ideals, and ambitions. The candidate’s voice was also examined, since the timbre, or
sound of some voices, was too grating or obnoxious to command respect.”
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