Lost Opportunity

The Battle of the Ardennes 22 August 1914

Author: Simon J. House

Publisher: Wolverhampton Military Studies

ISBN: 9781911096429

Category: Ardennes (France)

Page: 256

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On 22 August 1914 - on a battlefield 100 kilometers wide stretching from Luxembourg to the River Meuse - two French and two German armies clashed in a series of encounters known collectively as the Battle of the Ardennes. On that day, 27,000 young French soldiers died - the bloodiest day in the military history of France (most of them in the Ardennes) - and yet it is almost unknown to English-speaking readers. There has never been an operational study of the Battle of the Ardennes in any language: at best, a single chapter in a history of greater scope; at least a monograph of an individual tactical encounter within the overall battle. This book fills a glaring gap in the study of the opening phase of the First World War - the Battles of the Frontiers - and provides fresh insight into both French and German plans for the prosecution of what was supposed to be a short war. At the center of this book lies a mystery: in a key encounter battle, one French Army corps led by a future Minister of War - General Pierre Roques - outnumbered its immediate opposition by nearly six to one and yet dismally failed to capitalize on that superiority. The question is how, and why. Intriguingly, there is a six-hour gap in the war diaries of all General Roques' units; it smacks of a cover-up. By a thorough investigation of German sources, and through the discovery of three vital messages buried in the French archives, it is now possible to piece together what happened during those missing hours and show how Roques threw away an opportunity to break the German line and advance unopposed deep into the hinterland beyond. The chimera of a clean break and exploitation that was to haunt the Allied High Command for the next four years in the trenches of the Western Front, was a brief and tantalizing opportunity for General Roques. The final part of this book seeks to answer the question 'why?' The history of both French and German prewar preparation reveals the political, economic and cultural differences that shaped the two opposing national armies. Those differences, in turn, predicated the behavior of General Roques and his men, as well as that of his German opponent. With a clear understanding of those differences, the reader may now understand how the French lost their best opportunity not only to stymie the Schlieffen Plan, but to change the course of the rest of the war. The author's text is supported by a separate map book containing c 50 newly commissioned color maps.
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Das Bierbuch

Brauereien Marken Biertouren. Über 1700 Biere aus aller Welt

Author: Tim Hampson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783831028245


Page: 352

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Hamlet oder Hekuba

der Einbruch der Zeit in das Spiel

Author: Carl Schmitt

Publisher: Klett-Cotta

ISBN: 9783608941999


Page: 72

View: 6197

In diesem erstmals 1956 veröffentlichten Essay versucht Carl Schmitt Hamlet von seiner konkreten Situation her zu fassen. Er entdeckt das Tabu einer Königin - Maria Stuart - und die Wechselbeziehungen zwischen der Figur Hamlet und dem geschichtlichen König Jakob. - An diese Einbrüche der Wirklichkeit ins Spiel knüpft er die Frage nach dem Ursprung des tragischen Geschehens, nach der Quelle der Tragik, die er eben in der historischen Wirklichkeit findet.
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Der verbannte Stratege

Xenophon und der Tod des Thukydides

Author: Rainer Nickel

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783805347556

Category: Electronic books

Page: 144

View: 5282

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Mit einem Briefe Murners in Handschriftendruck

Author: Thomas Murner

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110828405

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 607

View: 6908

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Hitlers Abwehrchef

Author: Michael Mueller

Publisher: N.A


Category: Admirals

Page: 575

View: 3185

Wissenschaftlich gearbeitete, lebendig geschriebene Biografie des 1945 als äVaterlandsverräterä hingerichteten langjährigen Geheimdienstchefs Hitlers.
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Jacobowsky und der Oberst

Komödie einer Tragödie in drei Akten

Author: Franz Werfel

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3743712849

Category: Drama

Page: 104

View: 4776

Franz Werfel: Jacobowsky und der Oberst. Komödie einer Tragödie in drei Akten Erstdruck: Stockholm, Bermann-Fischer, 1944 Neuausgabe. Herausgegeben von Karl-Maria Guth. Berlin 2017. Umschlaggestaltung von Thomas Schultz-Overhage unter Verwendung des Bildes: Konstantin Korovin, Paris St. Denis, um 1930. Gesetzt aus der Minion Pro, 11 pt.
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MI 5

Die wahre Geschichte des britischen Geheimdienstes

Author: Christopher M. Andrew

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783548610283


Page: 912

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Wie 'Ndrangheta, Cosa Nostra und Camorra die Welt erobern

Author: Francesco Forgione

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783442157044


Page: 347

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Schattenkrieg Gegen Hitler

Das Dritte Reich Im Visier Der Amerikanischen Geheimdienste 1941-1945

Author: Christof Mauch

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783421051967

Category: World War, 1939-1945

Page: 448

View: 1281

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