Invasion: The Conquest of Serbia, 1915: The Conquest of Serbia, 1915

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ABC-CLIO, Apr 14, 2015 - History - 212 pages

Published during the centennial of the events it considers, this book provides a comprehensive examination of one of the most interesting and influential campaigns of World War I, a campaign that was the apex of mobile warfare at the time. By the late summer of 1915, the Russian threat to Austria-Hungary had been eliminated by the Central Powers. That allowed Erich von Falkenhayn, head of the German supreme command, to turn his attention to his next strategic target—the conquest of Serbia—which was imperative to opening a land route to the Ottoman Empire. Until that task was accomplished, matters on the all-important Western Front would have to wait.

This first major study of the invasion of Serbia covers events primarily from the viewpoint of the Central Powers, which played the most pivotal role in the campaign. The book considers the impact of factors as diverse as diplomacy, command, coalition warfare, mountain warfare, military technology, and the harsh environment in which the campaign was conducted. Readers will come away with an understanding of and appreciation for the importance of the Serbian campaign as it affected the outcome of the war and the ultimate destruction of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
AustriaHungary and Serbia 18751914
5
Strategic Priorities and Decisions MarchSeptember 1915
22
September 1915
36
September 25October 12 1915
59
October 1222 1915
78
October 22November 5 1915
89
November 630 1915
101
December 1915January 1916
121
9 Assessments
131
Notes
139
Bibliography
193
Index
203
About the Author
213
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Richard L. DiNardo, PhD, is professor of national security affairs at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, VA.

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