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The Moltke myth : Prussian war planning, 1857-1871

Author: Terence Zuber
Publisher: Lanham : University Press of America, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Moltke myth is author Terence Zuber's groundbreaking book on Helmuth Karl Bernhard Graf von Moltke, the chief of staff of the Prussian Army for thirty years. Often referred to as Moltke the Elder, he is portrayed today as the nearly-infallible victor of the Prussian wars in 1864 against Denmark, in 1866 against Austria, and in 1871 against France. Moltke the Elder is known as a brilliant, innovative planner and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Military history
Named Person: Helmuth Moltke, Graf von; Helmuth Moltke, Graf von; Helmuth Karl Bernhard von Moltke; Helmuth von Moltke
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Terence Zuber
ISBN: 9780761841616 076184161X 9780761842750 0761842756
OCLC Number: 243545943
Description: viii, 330 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: The Moltke myth --
Moltke's war planning to 1866 --
Friedrich Karl, tactics and training --
War with Austria --
1866 to 1870 : lessons learned--or not learned --
Moltke's plan for war with France --
Vionville and St. Privat --
Sedan --
Destroying the Moltke myth.
Responsibility: Terence Zuber.
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The Moltke Myth is author Terence Zuber's groundbreaking book on Helmuth Karl Bernhard Graf von Moltke, the chief of staff of the Prussian Army for thirty years.  Read more...

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