More than a strategist Helmuth von Moltke modernized the Prussian army

It is one of the ironies of history that the son of impoverished Mecklenburg noble delivers his military apprenticeship against the army, whose Uniform he has w

More than a strategist Helmuth von Moltke modernized the Prussian army

It is one of the ironies of history that the son of impoverished Mecklenburg noble delivers his military apprenticeship against the army, whose Uniform he has worn as a young cadet. His father had served in the Danish army, and the offspring there, for training as military registered. Moltke hated the Academy: "The many years of oppression, in which I grew up, hit my character, incurable wounds, my mind is depressed and the good, noble, Proud bent."

Whether it's him satisfaction gives, that he plays "Blitzkrieg" against the Danes in 1864, a major role? In that year, he already has a career in the Prussian army behind. Since 1822, he is wearing the Prussian blue uniform skirt, and is now ascended to the chief of the General staff.

Moltke looks always on the barrack wall. From 1836 to 1839, he was seconded as military advisors to the army of the Sultan in Constantinople, where he tried with little success, to increase their power. After all, he gained valuable experience about the conditions in the Ottoman Empire. G/history

This article first appeared in the current issue of the magazine G/Geschichte.

Moltke knew how to use modern technology

The modernisation of the Prussian army, he manages to do considerably better. Moltke recognizes early on the importance of the means of transport railway for rapid troop movements, what are marching to the concept of "separated, unites strike" opens up new possibilities. And this will Strike. through the use of the breech-firing pin systems rifle as the modern Krupp cannons hard and crushing

Bismarck familiar of the modernized Prussian army, and the plans Moltkes, to venture to the wars with Austria and France. For both wars, Moltke and his staff precisely planned strategic deliver masterpieces. Moltke sees the task of the army aware of as part of an overall political concept, as it represents Bismarck, especially if it is weighing on the principle "only (ab), then" is the car.

With concern, he watched as a Reichstag member from a nationalist Public-driven arms race in Europe, and warns of a conflagration: "gentlemen, it is a seven year old can, it may be a thirty years war – and Woe to the one who throws first, the fuse in the powder keg!" A year after Bismarck's dismissal Moltke dies at the age of 90 in Berlin.

The article comes from the magazine G/HISTORY 6/2020 "The German Triumph 1870/71 –the founding of The Empire on the field of battle" , author: Franz's butcher Up to 40 degrees are possible: Extreme heat wave rolls on to Germany to PCP Up to 40 degrees are possible: Extreme heat wave rolls

Updated Date: 11 July 2020, 03:27

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