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Eastern Fronts

Richard C. Hall

in Consumed by War

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125589
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135328 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125589.003.0003
Eastern Fronts

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The eastern fronts did not offer an opportunity for decisive victory for either side. The battlefields were too scattered and too remote. Even though Germany had a significant ally on the Russian front in Austria-Hungary, the military weakness of this ally increasingly forced the Germans to assume a dominant role in the east. After the Brusilov offensive, the Germans effectually controlled the Austro-Hungarian army. The smaller countries in the east lacked the military power to gain decisive victories. The Italians, Montenegrins, Romanians, and Serbs all sapped the resources of the Entente Powers. The Bulgarians and Ottomans drew on the strength of the Central Powers. These eastern European battlefields exhausted both sides. In doing so, they hindered the accumulation of military capacities on the western front for a decisive battle. In the east, during the first phase of World War I, there was no victory, only defeat.

Keywords: eastern fronts; Germany; Russia; Austria-Hungary; Italy; Montenegrins; Entente Powers; Ottomans; Central Powers; World War I

Chapter.  7049 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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