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The Evolution of Operational ArtFrom Napoleon to the Present$
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John Andreas Olsen and Martin van Creveld

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199599486

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599486.001.0001

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Prussian–German Operational Art, 1740–1943

Prussian–German Operational Art, 1740–1943

(p.35) 2 Prussian–German Operational Art, 1740–1943
The Evolution of Operational Art

Dennis E. Showalter

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the rise and fall of operational art in the Prussian/German context. The rise began with Field Marshal Helmuth von Moltke and two significant military successes: the defeat of Austria in 1866 by Prussia and the defeat of France in 1870–1 by a Prussian‐led alliance. Erich von Ludendorff's operations on the Eastern Front notwithstanding, it would take another seventy years before the Germans again managed to take full advantage of operational art, in this case in the form of Blitzkrieg. The German invasions in 1939–40 reflected operational art at its best, while Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of Russia in June 1941, marked ‘imperial overreach’ and marked the beginning of the end of German operational art.

Keywords:   Prussia, Germany, Helmuth von Moltke, Erich von Luddendorff, Blitzkrieg, Operation Barbarossa, operational art, strategy, policy, war, campaign, battle

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