The schlieffen plan the university press of kentucky. Military strategy is a collective name for planning the conduct of warfare. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read the schlieffen plan. With the creation of the francorussian alliance and the failure of the reinsurance treaty in the late nineteenth century, germany needed a strategy for fighting a twofront war.
The strategiestreit strategy debate was a public and sometimes acrimonious argument after. Cordiale with great britain in 1904, led schlieffen to devise a military strategy. List of books and articles about military strategy online. His name lived on in the 190506 schlieffen plan, then aufmarsch i, a deployment plan and operational guide for a decisive initial offensive operationcampaign in a onefront war against the french third republic. The cornerstone of schlieffens war planning was undoubtedly the strategic counteroffensive. The foundation of germanys military strategy in world war i paperback june 4, 2018. Schlieffen article about schlieffen by the free dictionary. Causes of the schlieffenmoltke plan 989 words bartleby. International perspectives on the german strategy for world war i ebook written by hans ehlert, michael epkenhans, gerhard p. Oct 14, 2014 with the creation of the francorussian alliance and the failure of the reinsurance treaty in the late nineteenth century, germany needed a strategy for fighting a twofront war. Modern strategy and tactics total war and mechanized war. Schlieffen was born in berlin on 28 february 1833 as the son of a prussian army officer. Scanned document us army center of military history.
Specialised books for the serious student of conflict. June 4, 2015 the university press of kentucky upk book the schlieffen plan. Zuber produced a thesis that challenged the current thinking on schlieffen and the war plan that bore his name. Count alfred yon schlieffen, the revered chief of the german general staff, was. The book also includes a section of contemporary photographs. In any event, schlieffens theories, as described in his book cannae, became. For generations, historians have considered schlieffens writings to be the foundation of germanys military strategy in world war i and have hotly debated the reasons why the plan, as executed. This book will be indispensable reading for all serious students of german military history and the first world war and will also appeal to the informed general reader. He was chief of staff from 1891 to 1905 and excelled precisely at careful preparation and thinking in abstract terms about the military challenge that germanys geopolitical position represented. Regrettably, in his discussion of schlieffen s 1905 memorandum, foley does not comment on the debate between terence zuber and terence holmes over the schlieffen plan, except to state, correctly, that the 1905 memorandum left behind by schlieffen was merely a sketch and not a finished plan, as gerhard ritter, the noted critic of the plan. Book awards book club selections books by author books by series coming soon kids books new releases teens books this. Gross and translated by retired army major general david t.
Military strategy deals with the planning and conduct of campaigns, the movement and disposition of forces, and the deception of the enemy. Schlieffen realized that on the outbreak of war russia. His memorandum for a war against france, which incorporated a mechanized cavalry as well as new technologies in weaponry, advocated that germany concentrate its field army to the west and annihilate the french army within a few weeks. Aug 31, 2018 the original schlieffen plan was later modified by other military leaders. Derived from the greek strategos, strategy was seen as the art of the general. To be sure, in a war against france alone he schlieffen favored an allout attack, but in a twofront war he insisted on a purely counteroffensive strategy. This important new book makes some of schlieffens more important texts available to an englishspeaking audience for the first time. The schlieffen plan is named the winner of the arthur. The schlieffen plan, devised a decade before the start of world war i, outlined a strategy for germany to avoid fighting at its eastern and western fronts simultaneously. Causes of the schlieffen moltke plan 1191 words 5 pages. His name lived on in the 1905 schlieffen plan, the strategic plan for victory in a twofront war against the russian empire to the east and the. His work was influential and was part of the strategy during the u.
Schlieffen plan german military history britannica. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. Describe the strategy of war called for in the schlieffen. International perspectives on the german strategy for world war i, edited by hans ehlert, michael epkenhans and gerhard p. Zabecki, has been named the winner of the arthur goodzeit book award given by the new york military affairs. Robert foley provides translations of schlieffens staff rides and other publications, as well as some rarely seen selections from the archives. Schlieffens operational concept collapsed in world war i in the face of logistic realities. The main line of strategic theory, however, followed clausewitz and culminated in the work of the prussiangerman school of h. He was part of an old prussian noble family, the schlieffen family. International perspectives on the german strategy for world war i foreign military studies 97808147468 and a great selection of similar new, used and collectible books available now at great prices. A reexamination of the schlieffen plan the strategy bridge. At the start of the 20 th century, germany had a strategy for fighting a war in europe. Beetle bailey, sergeant bilko, the green books, and.1447 567 1182 648 400 760 761 512 1372 204 316 20 281 91 1222 1402 1310 546 589 1161 1374 403 1 509 74 1039 774 565 1402 430 584 1322 1467 1426 443 144 968 517 1395 184 421 893 1184 941 47 94 824 87 67