Robert M. Citino

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Robert M. Citino

Robert M. Citino (born 19 June 1958) is an American historian at the University of North Texas. He is a leading authority on modern German military history, with an emphasis upon World War II and the German influence upon modern operational doctrine.[1] Citino has previously taught at Eastern Michigan University, West Point, and the Command and General Staff School. He is a fellow of the Barsanti Military History Center, a trustee of the Society for Military History, and a consultant for the White House staff. He has also appeared as a consultant on the History Channel.[2] In 2013-2014, he will be teaching at the Air Force Academy.


Citino was born in Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating with his Bachelor's degree in history from Ohio State University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1978. He then earned his Master's and PhD from Indiana University in 1980 and 1984. His PhD advisor was Barbara Jelavich. He is married with three daughters. He is fluent in German and is a prolific reader of early 20th century German military literature, particularly the Militär-Wochenblatt.

University career[edit]

Throughout his career Citino has advocated changing the current nomenclature of German military tactics. Although he uses the word Blitzkrieg on the cover of his books, he has always espoused the view that it should be called by its proper German military term, Bewegungskrieg, or maneuver warfare. Citino has also taught courses on Nazi Germany and American military history, including Korea, Vietnam, and the Cold War. In 1993 he won EMU’s Teaching I Award for his enthusiasm in the classroom and his ability to inspire student interest in history. In 2007 he was rated the number one professor in the United States according to ''.[3] On March 15, 2013, Professor Citino was awarded one of the highest honors in military history when the Society for Military History presented him with the 2013 Distinguished Book Award for his seminal work, The Wehrmacht Retreats: Fighting a Lost War, 1943. The book explores German losses in key campaigns in 1943—losses which would eventually lead to an erosion of the German military's strategic advantage. It is his second Distinguished Book Award, he previously received one in 2004 for his book Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm.

Dr. Citino will be a visiting professor at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania for the 2013-14 academic school year.


  • Citino (1984). Polen Greift An: Germany's Eastern Defenses, 1918-1933. PhD Dissertation, Indiana University Press
  • Citino (1987). The Evolution of Blitzkrieg Tactics: Germany Defends Itself Against Poland, 1918-1933. Ph.D. dissertation, Greenwood Press.
  • Citino (unknown). The Rise and Development of Armored Warfare: A Reference Guide.
  • Citino (unknown). Crane Army Ammunition Activity Annual Historical Review Fiscal Years 1980-1983.
  • Citino (1991). Germany and the Union of South Africa in the Nazi Period. Greenwood Press.
  • Citino (1994). Armored Forces: History and Sourcebook. Greenwood Press.
  • Citino (1999). The Path to Blitzkrieg: Doctrine and Training in the German Army, 1920-1939. Lynne Rienner; Stackpole Books (paperback, 2008)
  • Citino (2000). Was the Reputation of the Wehrmacht for Military Superiority Deserved?" In History in Dispute 4, World War II, 1939-1945 Detroit: St. James Press.
  • Citino (2001). The Weimar Roots of German Military Planning. In Military Planning and the Origins of the Second World War in Europe. edited by B.J.C. McKercher and Roch Legault. Westport, Conn.: Praeger.
  • Citino (2002). Quest for Decisive Victory: From Stalemate to Blitzkrieg in Europe, 1899-1940. University Press of Kansas.
  • Citino (2004). Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm: The Evolution of Operational Warfare. University Press of Kansas. ISBN 0-700-61300-5
  • Citino (2005). The German Way of War: From the Thirty Years' War to the Third Reich. University Press of Kansas. ISBN 0-700-61410-9 OCLC 61362770
  • Citino (2007). The Death of the Wehrmacht: The Campaigns of 1942. University Press of Kansas. ISBN 0-700-61531-8 OCLC 123485685
  • Citino (2007). Military Histories Past and Present: A Reintroduction. American Historical Review vol.112 no.4
  • Citino (2008). The Path To Blitzkrieg: Doctrine and Training in the German Army 1920-39. Stackpole Books.
  • Citino (2012). The Wehrmacht Retreats: The Campaigns of 1943. University Press of Kansas. ISBN 0-700-61826-0 OCLC 755904583

Honors and awards[edit]


  1. ^ "Robert M. Citino". New York Journal of Books. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Citno, Robert (faculty profile)". UNT. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "EMU's Citino ranked #1 professor in the country". Focus EMU Online. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "AHA Awards and Prizes". 
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