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German War Planning, 1891-1914: Sources and Interpretations

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The great deficiency in the discussion of German war planning prior to the Great War has been the dearth of reliable primary sources. Practically nothing was made public before the German Reichsarchiv was destroyed in April 1945, and this problem is compounded for Anglophone historians by the fact that the most interesting secondary literature was printed in German periodi ...more
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published December 31st 2004 by Boydell Press (first published November 2004)
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You wouldn't think that a book about German war planning in the pre-World War I era could be a dull read, but there you have it. This book is a translation of a series of situation reports, staff ride summations and strategic estimates from the period when Schlieffen and Moltke the younger were the CGS and had to cope with the conundrums and difficulties of planning a 2-front war with an army that was of high quality but was outnumbered on both fronts. The book provides the documentary basis of ...more
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