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By Nigel Thomas, Dusan Babac, Darko Pavlovic
Fresh background may still remind us that it was once occasions within the Balkans which sparked off global warfare I (1914-1918), with the assassination of the Austrian inheritor Prince Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, and the ensuing invasion of Serbia by way of Austro-Hungarian armies on 2 August 1914. however, the next four-year battle in that theatre is often overshadowed by means of the simultaneous campaigns at the Western entrance. For the 1st time this publication deals a concise account of those advanced campaigns, the corporation, orders of conflict, and the uniforms and insignia of the armies concerned: Austro-Hungarian, German, Ottoman, Serbian, Montenegrin, Albanian, British, French, Italian, Russian, Bulgarian, Greek and Rumanian.
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On the other hand, there has long been an understanding of certain distinct military activities that existed either at the high end of the tactical spectrum, or at the low end of the strategic. The term “grand tactics” was in vogue for some time. Likewise, many of the speciﬁc concepts we now associate with the Operational Art have been understood and appreciated for many years. Culmination and center of gravity, for example, are Clausewitzian notions, while both Jomini 10 Why still bother with World War I?
He further argued that efforts to use rail in the service of a strategic offense resulted in such distortions that operational maneuver could not be applied. 32 Moltke himself believed rail was an inﬂexible instrument, its effective use based on strict timetables. While this may have been true in 1870, European trackage tripled between 1871 and 1914. At the start of World War I the rail network in Europe was so dense that there was a far greater amount of ﬂexibility in its use. 33 Advances in communications technology also made possible command and control of units spread across the battleﬁeld on a scale previously unimaginable.
Verdun was a radical departure from German practice, where they tried to win through ﬁrepower and attrition. In his book, The German Army, Herbert Rosinski wrote that German military theory alternated between stressing either operations or tactics. Scharnhorst emphasized tactics. Moltke balanced the two, although there was a signiﬁcant operational component to his thought. Schlieffen tipped the balance heavily toward operations. 66 Rosinski maintained that under Moltke the operations to set up the conditions for the battle and the tactical outcome of the battle were seen as separate entities.
Armies in the Balkans, 1914-18 by Nigel Thomas, Dusan Babac, Darko Pavlovic