Moltke on the Art of War: Selected Writings
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Prussian hero Field Marshal Helmuth Graf von Moltke was the architect of the German way of war.
front to prevent the opponent from throwing himself with superior numbers on our flank attack. The moral effect of a flank attack is sooner apparent in small detachments and thus more important than is the case with armies. On the other hand, the latter, because of greater difficulties of movement, cannot avoid the consequences of an envelopment as easily. Frontal and flank attacks stand in reciprocal relationship to each other—the main thing is to achieve correct coordination. Which attack is
operational object in the eastern theater of war, would inevitably have an injurious effect on all other enemies. However, the seven army corps in the eastern part of Prussia were insufficient to produce the requisite force for that purpose.26Should the two corps in the west also be used for the main decision, the Rhine Province would appear unprotected and only inferior forces could be sent against the South Germans. Nevertheless, his majesty the king came to this difficult but momentous
the Austrian province of Silesia in 1740, an act that touched off the War of the Austrian Succession. War was renewed in 1756, in the Seven Years’ War, which pitted Prussia against the Austrian Empire, Russia, Saxony, and France. 31Here the editor has omitted a lengthy discussion of fortresses in the North German Confederation and resumes the narrative with text written in 1871, after the end of the Franco-Prussian War. 32Moltke's terms were, respectively, Manövrier-Plätze and
Wehrden. The division commander, Gen. [Heinrich] von Gliimer, received a report of this between noon and one o'clock when he and the main body reached the vicinity of Püttlingen, where he intended to go into quarters. He immediately rode with the 4th Squadron and the 6th Light Battery to join the advance guard at Wehrden. At Wehrden, the thunder of cannon coming from the southwest had been heard for some time. Recent reports said that the enemy was engaged in combat between Stiring-Wendel and
AND RECONNAISSANCE DUTY39 1. The measures for reconnaissance of the enemy situation and for security of both resting and marching units frequently go hand in hand and must often be simultaneously carried out by the same detachments. The leading considerations for them, however, are entirely different. Considerations for the latter are in general more passive in nature; those for the former, more active. Obviously, the necessity to provide for its own security is immediate for every unit