Moltke On The Art Of War: Selected Writings

Moltke On The Art Of War Selected Writings Field Marshal Helmuth Graf von Moltke is best known for his direction of the German Prussian campaigns against Austria in and France in yet it was during his service as chief of the Gene

  • Title: Moltke On The Art Of War: Selected Writings
  • Author: Helmuth von Moltke Daniel J. Hughes Harry Bell
  • ISBN: 9780891414841
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Field Marshal Helmuth Graf von Moltke is best known for his direction of the German Prussian campaigns against Austria in 1865 and France in 1870 71, yet it was during his service as chief of the General Staff that he laid the foundation for the German way of war which would continue through 1945.Professor Daniel Hughes of the Air War College, in addition to editing and asField Marshal Helmuth Graf von Moltke is best known for his direction of the German Prussian campaigns against Austria in 1865 and France in 1870 71, yet it was during his service as chief of the General Staff that he laid the foundation for the German way of war which would continue through 1945.Professor Daniel Hughes of the Air War College, in addition to editing and assisting with the translation of this selection of Moltke s thoughts and theories on the art of war, has written an insightful commentary on Moltke the Elder that places him in the broader context of Prussian and military thought Hughes notes that Moltke s writings helped shape the practical application of influential Prussian military theorist Carl von Clausewitz s sometimes abstract philosophical ideas The book also contains an extensive bibliographic and historiographic commentary that includes references to Moltke and his theories in the current literature in Germany, England, and the United States a valuable aid to anyone doing research on the subject This volume, in addition to its appeal to scholars, serves as an introduction to the theory of the German army, as well as a summary of Moltke s enduring theoretical legacy.

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    1. I enjoyed this book! I felt like this book was written from a senior general to mid-level field grade officers on how they should think about war "Eternal peace is a dream, and not even a pleasant one. War is part of God's world order. War develops man's noblest virtues, which otherwise would slumber and die out: courage, self-denial, devotion to duty, and willingness to make sacrifices. A man never forgets his experiences in war. They increase his capability for all time to come." I believe thi [...]

    2. Some great insights and quotes, but a lot of it has a really outdated feeling to it. Which is not strange of course for a book on warfare that's 150 years old

    3. So, Moltke was the man when it came to interpreting Clausewitz, though he didn't always agree. Specifically, he (at least initially) viewed politics' place as confined to the beginning and end of war, but thought it had no place during. While he later came to amend his viewpoint, I think it's still worth consideration that direct political involvement in operational level planning can be challenging. Policy cannot be separated from war, but it can focus on a certain level, in my opinion. Interes [...]

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