Chapter

Rolling The Iron Dice

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/9780195143355.003.0009
Rolling The Iron Dice

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This chapter shows that Germany reaped a bitter harvest in August and September 1914. The bold notion of winning the opening campaign quickly by a powerful out-flanking stroke through Belgium had had a desperate quality ever since Schlieffen conceived it. The tradeoff for provoking Belgium and England, however, was a superiority of numbers in one region of the western front. Indeed, it was in Belgium that Moltke probably missed his best chance of “rolling the iron dice” and winning.

Keywords: German Army; Belgium; Great War; World War I

Chapter.  17422 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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