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The Forgotten Campaign: Alsace-Lorraine August 1914

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The conclusions drawn from the campaign in Alsace-Lorraine are as follows. First, the German army's prewar neglect of electronic communications and the need to assign royal heirs to command field armies combined against efficient coordination between Koblenz and Hellimer. Second, much has been said about the Younger Moltke &t;watering down&t; Schlieffen's recipe for victory in the West. Third, the nature of the fighting in Alsace-Lorraine presaged much of what was to come further north, and which has made its way into most histories of the Great War. Fourth, the term &t;battles of material&t; (Materialschlachten) that the historian Hans Delbruck coined for the dreadful slaughter at Verdun and the Somme in 1916 could (and should) have been applied already to the campaign in Alsace-Lorraine. Finally, as always, the price for the debacle in the Vosges was paid by the troops.

Keywords: Alsace-Lorraine; Hans Delbruck; Koblenz; Vosges; war



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