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The Kaiser's ArmyTechnological, Tactical, and Operational Dilemmas in Germany During the Machine Age 1870-1918$
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Eric Dorn Brose

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195143355

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195143355.001.0001

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Between Persistence And Change

Between Persistence And Change

(p.43) Chapter 3 Between Persistence And Change
The Kaiser's Army

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This chapter shows that German Army was torn between advocates of change and champions of the old ways. The former mounted a serious challenge in the late 1880s, as shown by the adoption of the M-88 and new infantry regulations that reflected the reforming principles of Sigismund von Schlichting. By the mid-1890s, however, his enemies regained the ascendancy, forced his retirement, and brought the old company and battalion columns back into vogue. A similar dynamic was at work in the cavalry. Progressives around Bernhardi and Kleist provoked more emphasis on reconnaissance and firepower, only to see their gains undermined by conservatives. The cavalry's tactical dream of deciding battles with muscle and cold, hard steel was still quite potent at mid-decade. Similarly, champions of new field artillery models made proposals in the late 1880s, but were frustrated by C-73 and C-96 enthusiasts who staunchly opposed rival designs.

Keywords:   German Army, weapons, military, cavalry, infantry, artillery

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