Book: Helmuth von Moltke and the Origins of the First World War Annika Mombauer Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2001, ISBN: 521791014X Reviewer: Dr Matthew Seligmann University College Northampton Citation: Dr Matthew Seligmann, review of Helmuth von Moltke and the Origins of the First World War, (review no. 199)
Helmuth von Moltke (1800 – 1891) Chief of Staff of the Prussian General Staff from 1857 to 1871 and then of the Great General Staff from 1871 to 1888. Page 1 of 1 Helmuth von Moltke I agree | disagree
This integrated approach to combat, emphasizing combined arms, had deep roots in German military doctrine, dating back to the strategies of Helmuth von Moltke the Elder.
[ˈblɪtskʁiːk] 'lightning' + 'war') or Bewegungskrieg is a word used to describe a surprise attack using a rapid, overwhelming that may consist of mechanized infantry formations, together with air assault, with intent to break through the opponent's lines of defense, dislocate the defenders, unbalance the enemies by making it difficult to respond...
Indeed, Mombauer's recent work includes her monograph on the origins of the First World War: Helmuth von Moltke and the Origins of the First World War (Cambridge University Press; Cambridge, 2001; for a review of this work, see no. 199. Back to (3)
At centre (in white): Otto von Bismarck, first Chancellor of Germany, Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, Prussian Chief of Staff. The legislation also required the consent of the Bundesrat, the federal council of deputies from the 27 states. Executive power was vested in the emperor, or Kaiser, who was assisted by a Chancellor responsible only to ...
Annika Mombauer, Helmuth von Moltke and the Origins of the First World War (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), pp. 108-111; Marilyn Shevin Coetzee, The German Army League: Popular Nationalism in Wilhelmine Germany (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990), p. 37.Back to (2)
While widely accepted now, doctrine did not appear until the mid-nineteenth century. Its origins lie in the Prussian Army, whose brilliant theorist Field Marshal Helmuth von Moltke employed it with devastating advantage against similarly armed and organised European opponents.
The architect of the Prussian victory, Helmuth von Moltke, developed intricate mobilization plans that could call up and form troops into units, utilize intricate train schedules for...
Mombauer, Annika (2020). Helmuth von Moltke (der Jüngere). In: Grawe, Lukas ed. Die militärische Elite des Kaiserreichs. Darmstadt: wbg Theiss, pp. 227–238.