How Germany Makes War

How Germany Makes War

by Friedrich Von Bernhardi

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Overview

The Shelf2Life Weapons and Warfare Collection is an intriguing set of pre-1923 materials focused on the art and science of weaponry and its use in wars. From the study of topography, field artillery weapons and types of projectiles to military strategies and tactics, these titles offer a behind-the-scenes look at the extensive preparations for battle. Significant attention is given to training, including photographs and descriptions of drill instruction, the study of fire discipline and detailed directions on cleaning and care of equipment, highlighting the meticulous precision and precautions soldiers practiced to prevent disastrous errors on the battlefield. The Weapons and Warfare Collection provides historians, researchers and militarists with a broader understanding of the intense preparation and training required to effectively utilize weaponry in the theater of war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781117889610
Publisher: BCR (Bibliographical Center for Research)
Publication date: 03/11/2010
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.59(d)

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But before we turn to the description and examination of these mechanical appliances we must once more consider numbers in their all-important relation to force. Mass (numbers) and force are not identical. Force does not at all grow always in the same ratio as numbers. Between force and numbers there is, rather, a relation that often varies and depends on a variety of circumstances, demanding more than ever special consideration at this age of enormous armies. CHAPTER III FORCE AND NUMBERS CHAPTER III FORCE AND NUMBERS When we were glancing at the inevitable consequences of calling up for war, in our days, the whole nation, we became aware of the fact that the masses themselves contained some elements of weakness, that they are sometimes even a kind of danger to our own conduct of war, but that nevertheless all States of Europe are dominated by the "mania for numbers," and that the general tendency is rather to increase the levies to the utmost limit of financial and personal capacity. There is no idea of stopping this for the time being. Numbers seem to the present generation the decisive factor in war. The importance attributed to numbers in general by all Continental States of Europe is naturally based on the assumption that, taking armament, equipment, and recruiting as about equal, the efficiency of the various European Armies would be about equal, that we could consequently attain a distinct and tangible superiority only by superiority of numbers. But this faith in numbers is a delusive idea. The experience of war at all times makes this clear, and nothing is more dangerous than to expect numerical superiority to do what it cannot perform by itself. The size of the armiesemployed is certainly one of the most decisive factors of force. Yet we must not overr...

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