Men Who Have Made The New German Empire (volume 1); A Series Of Biographical Sketches. A Series Of…

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byGustave Louis M. Strauss

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875. Excerpt: ... VI. THE CROWN PRINCE OF PRUSSIA AND GERMANY. The arduous and perilous match for the great "German Unity" stakes had to be played chiefly on the battle-field. At least two out of the three great military powers of Europe had to be overthrown by Prussia and cleared off the ground ere the foundations of the new German empire could be securely laid. The accomplishment of this feat required the highest military leadership. Now Prussia had, indeed, an almost incalculable advantage on her side in the stupendous struggles with Austria and France, in the possession of the greatest military strategist the world has ever yet seen. Still, this was not of itself sufficient to secure victory to her arms. War nowadays is a game of the nicest combination--every possible contingency had to be foreseen and provided for, and it is indispensable to be equally armed at all points. The supreme chief and leader of the host may be a strategist of transcendent genius, yet to secure the VOL. II. D success of his plans he requires the support of a sufficient number of sub-leaders of the highest tactical ability. Failure on the part of even only one of the sub-leaders may seriously compromise, if not altogether imperil, the whole plan of campaign. The defeats of Oudinot and Ney at Grossbeeren and Dennewitz more than counterbalanced Napoleon's half-victories of Bautzen and Liitzen---Macdonald's defeat at the Katzbach overthrew all the emperor's ingenious combinations. Vandamme's blunder at Kulm made Napoleon lose all the prospective brilliant fruits of his great victory at Dresden over Schwarzenberg, and Marmont and Macdonald's failure at Mockern decided the defeat of the French at Leipzig. Moltke has enjoyed, in his two great campaigns, the singular--one would almost be tempted to s...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875. Excerpt: ... VI. THE CROWN PRINCE OF PRUSSIA AND GERMANY. The arduous and perilous match for the great "German Unity" stakes had to be play...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:76 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.16 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217021972

ISBN - 13:9780217021975

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