Chapter

Denouement

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/9780195143355.003.0010
Denouement

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This chapter shows that the failure of the German Army to defeat France in 1914 allowed the nightmarish scenario of prewar games and exercises to come true: a long slugging match on two fronts. The great victory over the Russians at Tannenberg could not prevent this. Faced with an intensifying, widening, and deadlocked war, Germany invested heavily in weapons that had proven themselves since August 1914 or in new technologies that promised victory. Germany's prewar stock of 2,450 machine guns was impressively expanded to 8,000 in 1915. Monthly manufacturing totals rose from 200 to 600 that year, accelerating geometrically to 2,300 by mid-1916 as factories perfected methods of mass production.

Keywords: Germany Army; Great War; World War I; weapons

Chapter.  5978 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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