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Introduction

Eric Dorn Brose

in The Kaiser's Army

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780195143355
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199872015 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195143355.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of how despite the success and power achieved by the Germany Army by 1871, soldiers who had come to accept modern industrial technology on the battlefield gave way to a generation of warriors that disdained its use. It shows that in the decades between 1871 and 1900, feuding factions in the infantry, cavalry, and artillery fought over the tactical and technological lessons of the Wars of Unification (1866-1870). Those who emphasized the superiority of man and morale over machine and firepower prevailed by the late 1870s — to the army's detriment.

Keywords: German army; soldiers; technology; weapons

Chapter.  1520 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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