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The German Failure in Belgium, August 1914

How Faulty Reconnaissance Exposed the Weakness of the Schlieffen Plan

Dennis Showalter, (author) Joseph P. Robinson (author)
Janet A. Robinson (author)

ISBN: 9781476674629

Publication Date: Apr 2019

Format: Paperback

Examines the structural failures that frustrated the Germans in the war's crucial initial campaign, the invasion of Belgium. Too much routine in planning, command and execution led to groupthink, inflexibility and to an overconfident belief that nothing could go too terribly wrong.
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Author Dr. Dennis Showalter is the winner of the 2018 Pritzker Military Lifetime Achievement Award!
If wars were wagered on like pro sports or horse races, the Germany military in August 1914 would have been a clear front-runner, with a century-long record of impressive victories and a general staff the envy of its rivals. Germany's overall failure in the first year of World War I was surprising and remains a frequent subject of analysis, mostly focused on deficiencies in strategy and policy.

But there were institutional weaknesses as well. This book examines the structural failures that frustrated the Germans in the war's crucial initial campaign, the invasion of Belgium. Too much routine in planning, command and execution led to groupthink, inflexibility and to an overconfident belief that nothing could go too terribly wrong. As a result, decisive operation became dicey, with consequences that Germany's military could not overcome in four long years.
Illustrations 23 photos, 12 maps
Pages 225
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Apr 2019
Publisher McFarland
Subject/s Military history   First World War  
Dennis Showalter is professor emeritus of history at Colorado College. He is past president of the Society for Military History, founding joint editor of War in History, and a widely-published scholar of military affairs. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Colonel (Ret.) Joseph P. Robinson was a Division G3 (operations and plans) in a combat zone, has written several thousand operational orders, and taught at the U.S. Army War College. He lives in Pensacola, Florida.

Colonel (Ret.) Janet Robinson has co-authored and edited several books about Imperial Germany and World War I. She lives in Pensacola, Florida.

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