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Planning For The Endgame: The Central Powers, September 1916 – April 1917

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Between September 1916, when Paul von Hindenburg and Erich Ludendorff were granted sweeping authority over the war effort of the Central Powers, and April 1917, when the Germans sent Vladimir Lenin home to Russia, Germany and Austria-Hungary crafted their ultimate plan for victory in the Great War. To varying degrees the outcomes of the major actions of 1916 influenced their planning for the endgame, but in the end their own deteriorating relationship with each other would matter more than anything else. At the start of the war Germany and Austria-Hungary had the longest-standing formal partnership of any of the great powers, having been allies, officially, since 1879, but unlike France and Russia their pre-war relationship did not include a military convention.

Keywords: Central Powers; Erich Ludendorff; Franz Conrad; Paul von Hindenburg; Western Front



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