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The Beginnings: Planning, Mobility, and a System of Expedients

Gerhard P. Gross

David T. Zabecki (ed.)

in The Myth and Reality of German Warfare: Operational Thinking from Moltke the Elder to Heusinger

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780813168371
eISBN:
9780813168401
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813168371.003.0004
Subject:
History, Military History

Chapter 3 traces the development of Helmuth von Moltke the Elder’s operational thinking throughout his career and the impact his ideas had on future German military leaders. A pragmatist, Moltke did ... More


Problems with Strategy: Often a Bridge Too Far

Colin S. Gray

in The Strategy Bridge: Theory for Practice

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199579662
eISBN:
9780191594458
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579662.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

Strategy is the art of the possible, as Helmuth von Moltke (the Elder) insisted, and what is possible is revealed by net tactical performance. And the whole military (and other) endeavour must serve ... More


The Myth and Reality of German Warfare: Operational Thinking from Moltke the Elder to Heusinger

Gerhard P. Gross

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780813168371
eISBN:
9780813168401
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813168371.001.0001
Subject:
History, Military History

Landlocked in central Europe and surrounded by potential adversaries, nineteenth-century Prussia and twentieth-century Germany faced the prospect of multifront wars and wars of attrition. To ... More


Introduction

Gerhard P. Gross

David T. Zabecki (ed.)

in The Myth and Reality of German Warfare: Operational Thinking from Moltke the Elder to Heusinger

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780813168371
eISBN:
9780813168401
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813168371.003.0001
Subject:
History, Military History

While many German military historians resist studying operational theory directly in favor of examining the political and cultural efforts necessary to sustain warfare, this introduction argues for a ... More


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