German Strategy and the Path to Verdun : Erich Von Falkenhayn and the Development of Attrition, 1870-1916 (Cambridge Military Histories)

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German Strategy and the Path to Verdun : Erich Von Falkenhayn and the Development of Attrition, 1870-1916 (Cambridge Military Histories)

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 301 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521044363
  • DDC分類 940

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Almost 90 years since its conclusion, the battle of Verdun is still little understood. German Strategy and the Path to Verdun is a detailed examination of this seminal battle based on research conducted in archives long thought lost. Material returned to Germany from the former Soviet Union has allowed for a reinterpretation of Erich von Falkenhayn's overall strategy for the war and of the development of German operational and tactical concepts to fit this new strategy of attrition. By taking a long view of the development of German military ideas from the end of the Franco-German War in 1871, German Strategy and the Path to Verdun also gives much-needed context to Falkenhayn's ideas and the course of one of the greatest battles of attrition the world has ever known.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations                              vi
Acknowledgments viii
Table of ranks x
Maps xi
Introduction 1
1 The Volkskrieg in German military thought 14
2 The (re)birth of Ermattungsstrategie 38
3 The short-war belief 56
4 The rise of Stellungskrieg 82
5 Competing strategic visions 109
6 Attack in the east 127
7 Defense in the west 156
8 Verdun: the plan 181
9 Verdun: the execution 209
10 Verdun: the failure 237
Conclusion 259
Bibliography 269
Index 295