The German Failure in Belgium, August 1914 : How Faulty Reconnaissance Exposed the Weakness of the Schlieffen Plan Paperback / softback
Author Dr. Dennis Showalter is the winner of the 2018 Pritzker Military Lifetime Achievement Award!If wars were handicapped like sports seasons or horse races, s in August 1914, Germany would have been a clear front- runner.
A century-long record of impressive victories, a general staff the admiration of its rivals-- in the colloquial phrase, "What's not to like?".
Germany's relative failure in 1914 was a corresponding surprise and remains a constant subject of analysis.
Most of this focuses on strategy and policy. But the German army had institutional weaknesses as well.
This book demonstrates that it was structural failures at the sharp end that frustrated the Germans in the war's most crucial initial campaign: the invasion of Belgium.
Routinization in planning, command, and execution led to groupthink, to inflexibility, to belief that "It'll be all right on the night." As a result a decisive operation became a coin-flip whose consequences "fighting power" could not overcome in four long years.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 161 pages, 30 photographs
- Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
- Publication Date: 30/09/2018
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9781476674629