The Austro-Prussian War: Austria's War with Prussia and Italy in 1866

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 13, 1997 - History - 313 pages
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This is a history of the Austro-Prussian-Italian War of 1866, which paved the way for German and Italian unification. It is based upon extensive new research in the state and military archives of Austria, Germany, and Italy. Geoffrey Wawro describes Prussia's successful invasion of Habsburg Venetia, and the wretched collapse of the Austrian army in July 1866. Although the book gives a thorough accounting of both the Prussian and Italian war efforts, it is most notable for the light it sheds on the Austrians. Through painstaking archival research, Wawro reconstructs the Austrian campaign, blow-by-blow, hour-by-hour. Blending military and social history, he describes the terror and panic that overtook Austria's regiments of the line in each clash with the Prussians. He reveals the unconscionable blundering of the Austrian commandant and his chief deputies who fumbled away key strategic advantages and ultimately lost a war - crucial to the fortunes of the Habsburg Monarchy - that most European pundits had predicted they would win.
 

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The Habsburg Empire was a congerie of different peoples, and often suffered for it. Sadly, much the same must be said for this book. The topic is without doubt fascinating: How the Prussians and ... Read full review

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Contents

Strategy and tactics in 1866
6
Origins of the AustroPrussian War
36
War plans and mobilization
50
Italy declares war
82
Custoza
100
Podol Vysokov and Trautenau
124
Münchengrätz Burkersdorf and Skalice
156
Jicin and Benedeks flight to Königgrätz
181
Königgrätz Benedeks stand in the Bystrice pocket
208
Königgrätz Moltkes envelopment
238
Aftermath The peace and Europe 18661914
274
Bibliography
297
Index
309
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