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By John A. Dredger

This e-book unearths the first reasons of Habsburg defeat either within the Austro-Prussian conflict and the 1st global battle. the alternative of offensive technique and strategies opposed to an enemy owning better weaponry within the Austro-Prussian battle, and competitors with better numbers and guns within the nice struggle, led to disaster. The inferiority of the Habsburg forces in either conflicts stemmed from imprudent spending judgements in the course of peacetime, instead of conservatism or parliamentary stinginess. the will to revive the sunken status of Austria-Hungary and turn out Habsburg’s nice energy prestige drove the army to waste cash on a dear fleet, and select offensive strategies to win nice victories. This examine exhibits the civil-military interplay in regard to investment and procurement judgements in addition to the deep highbrow debates in the military, which refute the concept that the Habsburg army remained against know-how or progress

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