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Between Persistence And Change

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/9780195143355.003.0004
Between Persistence And Change

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This chapter shows that German Army was torn between advocates of change and champions of the old ways. The former mounted a serious challenge in the late 1880s, as shown by the adoption of the M-88 and new infantry regulations that reflected the reforming principles of Sigismund von Schlichting. By the mid-1890s, however, his enemies regained the ascendancy, forced his retirement, and brought the old company and battalion columns back into vogue. A similar dynamic was at work in the cavalry. Progressives around Bernhardi and Kleist provoked more emphasis on reconnaissance and firepower, only to see their gains undermined by conservatives. The cavalry's tactical dream of deciding battles with muscle and cold, hard steel was still quite potent at mid-decade. Similarly, champions of new field artillery models made proposals in the late 1880s, but were frustrated by C-73 and C-96 enthusiasts who staunchly opposed rival designs.

Keywords: German Army; weapons; military; cavalry; infantry; artillery

Chapter.  10230 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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