The German Army From Within; By A British Officer Who Has Served In It by Thomas Burke

The German Army From Within; By A British Officer Who Has Served In It

byThomas Burke

Paperback | January 31, 2012

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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. 1914. Excerpt: ... TRANSPORT AND MANOEUVRES IHE most serious question which any army has to face in modern warfare, and especially an army so colossal as that of Germany, is that of transport and supplies. It is obvious that, under the existing system, an army in close formation cannot live on the country through which its operations extend, and success can only be hoped for by continuous food and ammunition supplies from the rear. I have said elsewhere that a machine is only as strong as its weakest part, and here, I think, we have the weakest part of this machine. If the German Army breaks down, it will not be from defective fighting force, but from lack of supplies. The Army has not, as a matter of fact, been organised for expeditions; the mass of detail regarding the amount of food and fodder which every petty little farmer and manufacturer all over the country may be called upon to provide; the lists of private owners of motor-cars; and the thousand and one intricate calculations are all based upon war on the frontiers. Should they pass beyond these frontiers their plan has ever been to live on whichever enemy they are patronising with their attentions. This does not, of course, foresee reverses, and when they arrive... In this matter they have shown an extraordinary lack of adaptability in the small expeditionary campaigns such as the Chinese Expedition and the campaign in South-West Africa. Mistakes and miscalculations in the latter were of an extraordinary magnitude, and one would have thought that they would have learned from those mistakes sufficient to prevent a recurrence of the same trouble in the present war. But the unexpected check of the progress of troops at Liege threw everything in the transport column into disorder, and, though recovery was rapid, this ...

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Title:The German Army From Within; By A British Officer Who Has Served In ItFormat:PaperbackDimensions:38 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217891306

ISBN - 13:9780217891301

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