Moltke on the Art of War: Selected Writings

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Field Marshal Helmuth Graf von Moltke is best known for his direction of the German/Prussian campaigns against Austria in 1865 and France in 1870-71, yet it was during his service as chief of the General Staff that he laid the foundation for the German way of war which would continue through 1945.

Professor Daniel Hughes of the Air War College, in addition to editing and assisting with the translation of this selection of Moltke's thoughts and theories on the art of war, has ...

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Overview

Field Marshal Helmuth Graf von Moltke is best known for his direction of the German/Prussian campaigns against Austria in 1865 and France in 1870-71, yet it was during his service as chief of the General Staff that he laid the foundation for the German way of war which would continue through 1945.

Professor Daniel Hughes of the Air War College, in addition to editing and assisting with the translation of this selection of Moltke's thoughts and theories on the art of war, has written an insightful commentary on "Moltke the Elder" that places him in the broader context of Prussian and military thought. Hughes notes that Moltke's writings helped shape the practical application of influential Prussian military theorist Carl von Clausewitz's sometimes abstract philosophical ideas.

The book also contains an extensive bibliographic and historiographic commentary that includes references to Moltke and his theories in the current literature in Germany, England, and the United States--a valuable aid to anyone doing research on the subject.

This volume, in addition to its appeal to scholars, serves as an introduction to the theory of the German army, as well as a summary of Moltke's enduring theoretical legacy.

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Field marshal von Moltke defined the German art and technique of warfare through 1945. This collection of writings examines the theory of strategy and tactics as applied by the Prussian military staff. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780891415756
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,117,037
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The Nature of War 21
Ch. 2 Headquarters, Operations, Technology 75
Ch. 3 The Battle 123
Ch. 4 1869 instructions for Large Unit Commanders 171
Ch. 5 Various Teachings on War 225
Essay on Sources 267
Index 271
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