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Inventing the Schlieffen plan

TERENCE ZUBER

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

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199250165
eISBN:
9780191719554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250165.003.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter traces development of the Schlieffen plan myth. The Schlieffen plan was manufactured in 1920 by the General Staff historical section and senior officers such as Hermann von Kuhl and ... More


The Sword of Damocles: A Two-Front War

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/9780813168371.003.0005
Subject:
History, Military History

Chapter 4 examines Alfred von Schlieffen’s tenure as Chief of the German General Staff and the development of operational thinking that led to the 1905 Schlieffen Plan, a procedure for war against ... More


Bitter Awakening: World War I

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/9780813168371.003.0006
Subject:
History, Military History

Chapter 5 examines the breakdown of German operational thinking in the face of the harsh realities of World War I. In the first weeks of the war, Schlieffen’s and Moltke’s plans for an annihilating, ... More


Economics

in Castles, Battles, & Bombs: How Economics Explains Military History

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226071633
eISBN:
9780226071657
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226071657.003.0001
Subject:
History, Military History

In 1914, one of the world's most famous war plans, the Schlieffen Plan, impelled Germany to turn a developing east European squabble into the greatest, most encompassing, and costliest war ... More


Time in War

Phillip S. Meilinger

in Thoughts on War

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780813178899
eISBN:
9780813178905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813178899.003.0008
Subject:
History, Military History

The use of time, or timing, in war has always been of crucial importance—great commanders have understood the critical nature of time on the battlefield. It fits here by reflecting a major factor in ... More


Decisive Victories and What They Mean

Phillip S. Meilinger

in Thoughts on War

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780813178899
eISBN:
9780813178905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813178899.003.0007
Subject:
History, Military History

The subject of decisive victory was another subject that caught my attention while at the Naval War College, where we would ask students to list Napoleon’s decisive victories. The term “decisive” is ... More


Victor of Liège and Tannenberg

Jay Lockenour

in Dragonslayer: The Legend of Erich Ludendorff in the Weimar Republic and Third Reich

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781501754593
eISBN:
9781501754616
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501754593.003.0002
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter begins by discussing Erich Ludendorff’s early career and memoir, the only document containing information about his prewar life. It recounts Ludendorff’s time in Poland, in which he ... More


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