German War Planning, 1891-1914: Sources and Interpretations

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The great deficiency in the discussion of German war planning prior to the Great War has been the dearth of reliable primary sources. Practically nothing was made public before the German Reichsarchiv was destroyed in April 1945, and this problem is compounded for Anglophone historians by the fact that the most interesting secondary literature was printed in German periodicals in the early 1920s.

This book makes available in English translation many of the documents concerning German war planning before 1914 that survived the war, but were kept closely guarded by the East German army archives, and only became available with the fall of the wall. Included are the only archival history of German war planning, Wilhelm Dieckmann's Der Schlieffenplan, Hellmuth Greiner's secret history of the German west front intelligence estimate from 1885 to 1914, and two of the younger Moltke's General Staff exercises. The book also presents other little-known documents found in other German archives as well as the most important parts of the 1920s literature concerning the debate on the German war plan.

The picture of German war planning which now emerges is both more complex and more credible than the previous single-minded emphasis on the 'Schlieffenplan'.

TERENCE ZUBER has also written Inventing the Schlieffen Plan and The Moltke Myth; born in Cleveland, Ohio, he is currently living in Wurzburg, Germany. as the most important parts of the 1920s literature concerning the debate on the German war plan.

The picture of German war planning which now emerges is both more complex and more credible than the previous single-minded emphasis on the 'Schlieffenplan'.

TERENCE ZUBER has also written Inventing the Schlieffen Plan and The Moltke Myth; born in Cleveland, Ohio, he is currently living in Wurzburg, Germany. as the most important parts of the 1920s literature concerning the debate on the German war plan.

The picture of German war planning which now emerges is both more complex and more credible than the previous single-minded emphasis on the 'Schlieffenplan'.

TERENCE ZUBER has also written Inventing the Schlieffen Plan and The Moltke Myth; born in Cleveland, Ohio, he is currently living in Wurzburg, Germany. as the most important parts of the 1920s literature concerning the debate on the German war plan.

The picture of German war planning which now emerges is both more complex and more credible than the previous single-minded emphasis on the 'Schlieffenplan'.

TERENCE ZUBER has also written Inventing the Schlieffen Plan and The Moltke Myth; born in Cleveland, Ohio, he is currently living in Wurzburg, Germany.
 

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Contents

The German Intelligence Estimate in the West
7
German 1914 estimate of French deployment 467
46
Der Schlieffenplan
49
Operations against Russia
122
Eastern Front
124
Part
131
2nd 1902 Ost
143
1st 1904 West
155
NovemberDecember 1905 Kriegspiel West 1767
177
Part
187
Ritters Schlieffen plan 1901
190
Moltkes 1908 Generalstabsreise West
207
Part
221
5th Army Aufmarschanweisung
228
Wenningers Description of the German War Plan
240
The Development of the German Operational Concept
245

First 1904 Generalstabsreise West 1589
159
NovemberDecember 1905 Kriegspiel Ost
169

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