INVENTING THE SCHLIEFFEN PLAN PDF

Start your review of Inventing the Schlieffen Plan: German War Planning Write a review May 14, Johnny rated it really liked it This book is definitely not for the casual reader. Anyone not reading this on a kindle would be advised to have a German-English dictionary and a detailed map of the Imperial German borders handy. Actually even if you have a kindle, I would suggest a dictionary and the map. That being said, on the whole, the book is very interesting and tackles what is considered to be a fundamental fact of This book is definitely not for the casual reader. That being said, on the whole, the book is very interesting and tackles what is considered to be a fundamental fact of the pre Great War. That is the Germans had a set and detailed plan to invade Belgium and sweep past Paris in a giant flanking maneuver once the order to mobilize was given.

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Start your review of Inventing the Schlieffen Plan: German War Planning Write a review May 14, Johnny rated it really liked it This book is definitely not for the casual reader. Anyone not reading this on a kindle would be advised to have a German-English dictionary and a detailed map of the Imperial German borders handy.

Actually even if you have a kindle, I would suggest a dictionary and the map. That being said, on the whole, the book is very interesting and tackles what is considered to be a fundamental fact of This book is definitely not for the casual reader. That being said, on the whole, the book is very interesting and tackles what is considered to be a fundamental fact of the pre Great War. That is the Germans had a set and detailed plan to invade Belgium and sweep past Paris in a giant flanking maneuver once the order to mobilize was given.

Zuber challenges that by going over in detail, German grand strategy from to and the different plans and war games that each of the Chief of Staff would do just about every year. Some of the information about the war plans and games is incomplete due to a fire that occurred at the Archives in Berlin during the s. But he is able to draw on some personal memoirs and letters to piece it together.

He thought the right wing which in only one of his war games included attacking Belgium first before the French would hit the flanks and rear of the French line of Forts in Lorraine while the left wing would retreat and the counterattack the French Army and trap most of the Army and deny them the safety of their forts. While in the Eastern Front, the Germany Army would use its rail system and the geography of East Prussia to attack the flanks and line of retreat of the either one of both Russian armies that were thought to be used to attack Germany.

The idea of a concrete plan that was created by Schlieffen and later messed with and botched by Moltke the younger was a post war effort by many members of the German military as a way to explain how Germany lost the Great War. It was usually done by those who wanted to coverup their own mistakes at the Battle of the Frontiers.

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Inventing the Schlieffen Plan: German War Planning 1871-1914

It was the perfect example of the evils of German militarism: aggressive, mechanical, disdainful of politics and of public morality. The intent of the Schlieffen plan was to annihilate the French army in one quick enormous battle Vernichtungsschlacht. The concept was to deploy seven-eighths of the German army between Metz and Aachen, on the right wing of the German front, leaving one-eighth of the army to guard the left flank in Lorraine against a French attack. No forces would be sent to protect East Prussia against the Russians. The right wing would sweep through Belgium and northern France, if necessary swinging to the west of Paris, continually turning the French left flank, eventually pushing the French army into Switzerland.

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INVENTING THE SCHLIEFFEN PLAN PDF

Refresh and try again. The new source can be usefully supplemented with Robert T. The schliefen of the Schlieffen plan has been one of the basic assumptions of 20th-century military history. Inventing the Schlieffen plan For the author, the memorandum represents a detailed concept paper that called, as had some earlier exercises, for an initial German attack in the west, moving through Belgium and Holland invenring the way to France in a sweep possibly going west of Paris. Anyone not reading this on a kindle would be advised to have a German-English dictionary and a detailed map of the Imperial German borders handy.

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Inventing the Schlieffen Plan: German War Planning, 1871-1914

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