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Q1    0 messages - 0 unread  Question 1: Citino stated, “When added together, these new problems spelled  serious problems for the German way of war, with its stress on rapid  offensive operations and a quick victory.  How could there be triumph if  there was no possibility of attacking successfully?  German officers had  always prided themselves on viewing war as an art, a free and creative  activity, but in the years before 1914 they were having to deal with some  thorny technical questions.” (p. 193)  How did the German army adjust  to contemporary wars and modern weaponry?  Initially the Germans advance per the Schlieffen plan.  They were close  to achieving a substantial victory at Namur, but got bogged down at the  Marne west of Paris.  From that point on, the Western Front evolved into  trench warfare.  However, the Germans did not give up hope in their  “Way of War”.  In Russia, they continued their brand of fighting with  success.  Movement and flanking attacks proved decisive in the east  during battles such as Tannenberg and Warsaw.   Authored by: Rebecca Nordy Authored on: Mar 4, 2011 11:18 AM Subject: Re:  They experienced having to deal with new technologies such as the  machine gun, mass production, and huge developments in artillery.   They struggled with how to implement them and deal with war on a new  level, namely mass casualties.  They had to learn how to fight in a  whole new way in order to avoid killing a great deal of their own army.
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<<< Replied to message below >>> Authored by: Rebecca Nordy Authored on: Mar 3, 2011 12:51 PM Subject:  One of the major ways in which Germans adapted to modern  weaponary and contemporary wars was their development of the  Schwerpunkt.  Schwerpunkt was the concentration of a force at the  decisive point. (212)  Another great development was that under  Helmuth von Moltke "No army rode off to war better equipped..."  (208)   Germany had developed programs devoted to "aggresive reasearch  and development programs in heavy artillery." (208)  The German army  went to war with the largest number of guns by far of the contending  powers. Authored by: Phillip Coile Authored on: Mar 4, 2011 7:38 PM Subject: Re: Advances in technology Certainly.  And mass production would allow them to develop weapons  and vehicles faster.  Unfortunately for the Germans, they ended up  facing the might of four countries whose industrial might was just as big  if not greater in Britain, France, Russia and eventually the U.S.  <<< Replied to message below >>> Authored by: Elizabeth Stonerock Authored on: Mar 3, 2011 8:01 PM Subject: Re: Advances in technology
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