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Supreme Army Command (OHL)
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Supreme Army Command (OHL)

When Germany mobilized for the war, the chief of the Prussian Army General Staff was named chief of the General Staff of the entire Armed Forces. According to law, of course, the Kaiser was commander in chief of the military. However, the chief of the General Staff actually led military operations. The department established for this purpose was the Supreme Army Command, which was placed under the control of the Supreme Headquarters. Early in the war the Supreme Army Comma…

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Pöhlmann, Markus, “Supreme Army Command (OHL)”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 23 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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