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The Plans of Schlieffen

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/9780195143355.003.0005
The Plans of Schlieffen

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This chapter focuses on Alfred von Schlieffen, chief of the Great General Staff. Schlieffen was a dogmatist, a doctrinaire, and a theoretist. His dogma was the offensive; his doctrine was envelopment; and his operational theories, tested by loyal professionals, were developed to reproduce glories as great as Waterloo, Königgrätz, and Sedan. The chapter talks about his plans to defend Germany against the Russians and the French.

Keywords: Alfred von Schlieffen; Germany Army; military technology; Belgium; military invasion

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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