Before the War of 1866 the name of Helmuth Von Moltke was scarcely known outside the Prussian army. His appointment as Chief of the General Staff was in many ways surprising, and he certainly did not himself expect it. He was thus put at the head of a military institution that was already to some extent superior to its counterparts elsewhere; he was to turn it into a formidable machine that became, in his hands, very nearly invincible. This was due to number of factors which coincided with his appointment. Among these were the many advances in military technology and logistics on the one hand, and on the other the emergence of Otto Von Bismarck as Minister-President of Prussia, with whom Moltke had a crucial, if occasionally uneasy, relationship.
This book follows Moltke's part in the course of the campaign at the end of which his name had become a household word. It traces his rise to the position of Chief of the General Staff, against the background of the political situation of Prussia in the middle of the 19th Century, and the way in which he developed the functions of the General Staff. Moltke's contribution to the allied campaign of Prussia and Austria against Denmark in 1864 was an important part of his own development, before the inevitable war between the successful allies in 1866.
As the book shows, for that war Moltke prepared his plans in the minutest detail. The triumphant success of his strategy in Bohemia was supplemented by the boldness of his campaign in western Germany, in which a small Prussian army overcame a huge numerical disadvantage. By the end of the Seven Weeks' War Moltke had made Prussia the strongest military power in Europe. The Campaign of 1866 in Bohemia is covered in great detail, including the most extensive coverage of the Battle of Königgätz yet published in English.
The author has made full use of an extensive number of German language sources. His detailed text is accompanied by a number of black and white illustrations and battle maps. Orders of battle are also provided. This is the latest title in Helion's groundbreaking series of 19th Century studies, and will again appear in hardback as a strictly limited edition printing of 750 copies, each individually numbered and signed by the author on a decorative title page.
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If you were hardy enough to make it through Barry's two-volume history of the Franco-Prussian War, then you will no doubt be staying up nights with his telling of that war's predecessor, the Austro-Prussian War of 1866. All three volumes share the good, the bad and the ugly - - - putting aside first and foremost a salue to Mr. Barry for outstanding work. The details are great for the gluttonous minds ofobsesseed military historians like myself, but can be too much for the lay reader. Again the maps just plain stink, although the terrain maps are a superb addiion that other historians should explore in future tellings. This book and the two-volume 1870-1871 study have really captivating photos. A touch of color on the maps would lighten the endless black-and-whiteness of the text. But I still must end with a thank you, Mr, Barry. These studies were desperately needed.
Helmuth von Moltke was anything but a known commodity to the nations outside of Prussia. Nobody, himself included, believed that he would be given command of the Prussian forces in the 1860s, and arguably he was to become the most important German military commander of the entire century. Von Moltke was given the authority over what many viewed as a preeminent military force at the time, and with his abilities and guidance the Prussian war machine became the thing of legend during the Seven Weeks War of 1866 and the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71.
This book is an absolutely terrific guide to one of the foremost German military commanders of the nineteenth-century. It also encapsulates Von Moltke’s often tenuous relationship with Otto Von Bismarck, the Prussian chancellor at the time, and just how overbearing and scheming Bismarck actually was, and how beneficial this was for Prussia’s future. Maybe the most interesting feature of the book is the telling of how...
Quintin Barry at his best! This book tells you about the Austro-Prussian war against Danemark on 1864 for the possession of the Schleswig-Holstein Province and the Prussian-Italian war against Austria on 1866 (in Italy this is known as our 3rd Italian Independence war). The book is bringing you by hand illustrating the situation of the technology, the Austro-Prussian war against Danemark, the different technological and organizational evolution of the two armies (Austrian and Prussian ones), the Prussian diplomatical preparation of the war against Austria (to avoid the risk of a French intervention that would have been too much for the Prussian Army) and finally the Italian-Prussian war against the Austrian Empire and his allies (Hannover, Saxony, Bavaria and Wurtemberg). As in all Quintin Barry's books, you will find here complete Orders of Battle for all the armies involved in the conflict, wonderful detailed maps and reproductions of painting and drawings related to...
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