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German Strategy and the Path to Verdun : Erich von Falkenhayn and the Development of Attrition, 1870-1916 : The Cambridge Military Histories Series - Robert T. Foley

German Strategy and the Path to Verdun : Erich von Falkenhayn and the Development of Attrition, 1870-1916

The Cambridge Military Histories Series

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Almost 90 years since its conclusion, the battle of Verdun is still little understood. German Strategy and the Path to Verdun is the first detailed examination of this seminal battle in the English language to be based on research conducted in archives long thought lost. Material returned to Germany from the former Soviet Union has allowed for a reinterpretation of Erich von Falkenhayn's overall strategy for the war and of the development of German operational and tactical concepts to fit this new strategy of attrition. By taking a long view of the development of German military ideas from the end of the Franco-German War in 1871, German Strategy and the Path to Verdun also gives much-needed context to Falkenhayn's ideas and the course of one of the greatest battles of attrition the world has ever known.

'This book is far more than a study of a grim battle ... Foley has written a book which will be referred to repeatedly.' Open History

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Table of ranks
Maps
Introduction
The Volkskreig in German military thought
The (re)birth of Ermattungsstrategie
The short-war belief
The rise of Stellungskrieg
Competing strategic visions
Attack in the east
Defence in the west
Verdun: the plan
Verdun: the execution
Verdun: the failure
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521841931
ISBN-10: 0521841933
Series: Cambridge Military Histories
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 14th February 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.64