The Military Strategy of the Central Powers
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The Military Strategy of the Central Powers

The deadly shots fired in Sarajevo brought war within reach of the Central Powers’ military leadership, a war they had long anticipated through many decades of training. The German “blank check” provided Austria-Hungary with the necessary backing for a “punitive expedition” against Serbia but the danger of a Russian intervention as well. Any chance for the swift fait accompli predicted by the Germans was squandered by the lumbering progress of the political a…

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Deist, Wilhelm, “The Military Strategy of the Central Powers”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 17 October 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_es_0021>
First published online: 2015



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