Dennis Showalter

Dennis Edwin Showalter (February 12, 1942 – December 30, 2019) was a professor emeritus of history at Colorado College.[3] Showalter specialized in German military history. He was president of the American Society for Military History from 1997 to 2001.[4] In addition, Showalter was an advising fellow of the Barsanti Military History Center at the University of North Texas.[5]

Dennis E. Showalter
Born(1942-02-12)February 12, 1942
DiedDecember 30, 2019(2019-12-30) (aged 77)[1][2]
AwardsPaul M. Birdsall Prize (1992)
Samuel Eliot Morison Prize (2005)
Pritzker Literature Award (2018)
Academic background
Alma materSt. John's University (BA)
University of Minnesota (MA, PhD)
Academic work
Sub-disciplineGerman military history
InstitutionsColorado College
Notable worksTannenberg (1991)


Showalter began teaching at Colorado College in 1969.[3] Showalter also previously taught at the United States Air Force Academy, the United States Military Academy, and the Marine Corps University.[6] He wrote extensively on the wars of Frederick the Great, the German Wars of Unification, World War I, and World War II.

Awards and honorsEdit

Selected worksEdit

  • "Manifestation of Reform: The Rearmament of the Prussian Infantry, 1806–13," The Journal of Modern History, Vol. 44, No. 3, September 1972
  • Railroads and Rifles: Soldiers, Technology, and the Unification of Germany. Hamden, Connecticut: Archon/Shoe String, 1975. ISBN 0-208-01505-1
  • Tannenberg: Clash of Empires, 1914. Hamden, Connecticut: Archon, 1991. ISBN 978-0-208-02252-3. Repr. Washington: Brassey's, 2004. ISBN 978-1-57488-781-5
  • The Wars of Frederick the Great. London/New York: Longman, 1996. ISBN 978-0-582-06260-3
  • The Wars of German Unification. London: Arnold, 2004. ISBN 978-0-340-73210-6
  • Hindenburg: Icon of German Militarism. Military Profiles. Washington: Potomac, 2005. ISBN 978-1-57488-653-5 (with William J. Astore)
  • Patton and Rommel: Men Of War in the Twentieth Century. New York: Berkley Caliber, 2005. ISBN 978-0-425-19346-4
  • Armor and Blood: The Battle of Kursk: The Turning Point of World War II. Random House, 2013. ISBN 978-1400066773


  1. ^ "Dennis Showalter Obituary – Colorado Springs, CO". Dignity Memorial.
  2. ^, Debbie Kelley. "Top military historian Dennis Showalter of Colorado Springs dies in midst of writing his 28th book". Colorado Springs Gazette.
  3. ^ a b "Four Faculty Members Promoted, Receive Tenure • Colorado College".
  4. ^ "Dennis Showalter • History Colorado College".
  5. ^ Advising Fellows, Military History Center, University of North Texas.
  6. ^ a b Dennis Showalter, Potomac Books, Inc.
  7. ^ "Samuel Eliot Morison Prize previous winners". Society for Military History. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  8. ^ "Dennis Showalter". Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  9. ^ Debbie Kelley (June 26, 2018). "Longtime Colorado Springs professor and military historian wins prestigious lifetime achievement award". Colorado Springs Gazette. Retrieved June 27, 2018.