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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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The term "Battle of Verdun" has become synonymous with senseless slaughter. This book offers a new perspective on one of the twentieth century's bloodiest battles by examining the development of German military ideas from the end of the Franco-German War in 1871 to the First World War. Its use of recently released German sources held in the Soviet Union since the Second Wo ...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published November 29th 2007 by Cambridge University Press (first published January 2005)
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Paul
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robert T. Foley's book, "German Strategy.." is an examination of German military ideas from the end of the Franco-German War to the First World War. It culminates in an in-depth investigation of Falkenhayn's strategy for 1916, including the role of the Verdun battle in his overall plan.

The book is extremely well researched, and a look at the book's

bibliography shows the hard work, and amount of research the author put into his study. Sources include many unpublished docum
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Matt Caris
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really fascinating revisionist history that challenges the standard interpretations of Falkenhayn and Verdun - that, essentially, Falkenhayn was a weak, vascillating leader and never intended Verdun to be a limited attritional offensive. Foley traces the evolution of attritional approaches in German strategic thought from 1870, sparked largely by the continued French "people's war" resistance at the end of the Franco-Prussian War, when the great battles of annihilation at Sedan and Metz failed t ...more
Dimitri
Dec 22, 2016 rated it liked it
ave you read what they read ? It's a popular question to introduce any questionably 'smart' reading list, but with this book it fits like a glove. EVERY book since 2005 that even remotely deals with Verdun or German strategy in WWI has this book listed in the bibliography. Why ?

Because it kicks the gospel out of the church. The Schlieffen Plan wasn't inevitable (thank you, Terence Zuber, for pointing that out ad nauseam) and Von Falkenhayn's plan to bleed the French Army to death was
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Dr. Robert Foley taught for five years at the Joint Services Command and Staff College. He is currently a lecturer in modern European history at the School of History, University of Liverpool.

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