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.

Hamlet oder Hekuba

der Einbruch der Zeit in das Spiel

Author: Carl Schmitt

Publisher: Klett-Cotta

ISBN: 9783608941999


Page: 72

View: 1297


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.

Rebuilding Austria

Author: Helmut Lackner,Technisches Museum für Industrie und Gewerbe in Wien

Publisher: N.A


Category: Austria

Page: 214

View: 4191


Jebel Moya

Author: Rudolf Gerharz

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783050021478

Category: Excavations (Archaeology)

Page: 355

View: 7972


Mädchen Nr. 5


Author: Howard Linskey

Publisher: Knaur eBook

ISBN: 3426439182

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 7910


Temporeicher BritCrime - der neue Thriller von Howard Linskey, einem der besten britischen Krimi-Autoren der neuen Generation Vier entführte Teenager, vier Leichen – und ein fünftes Mädchen vermisst: Detective Ian Bradshaw versucht mit allen Mitteln, eine alte Schuld zu begleichen; der suspendierte Enthüllungsjournalist Tom Carney ist dagegen vor allem daran interessiert, seinen Job zu retten. Ein Leichenfund, der nichts mit dem Fall zu tun zu haben scheint, bringt beide Männer schließlich zusammen. Während die Ermittlungen auf der Stelle treten, kann Tom erste Erfolge vorweisen. Doch je tiefer er gräbt, desto fragwürdiger erscheinen ihm die eigenen Methoden. Und der Mörder läuft noch immer frei herum ... »Howard Linskey begeistert mit einem makellosen Gespür für Zeit und Ort sowie unerbittlichem Tempo.« The Times


Hitlers Abwehrchef

Author: Michael Mueller

Publisher: N.A


Category: Admirals

Page: 575

View: 3106


Wissenschaftlich gearbeitete, lebendig geschriebene Biografie des 1945 als äVaterlandsverräterä hingerichteten langjährigen Geheimdienstchefs Hitlers.


Wie 'Ndrangheta, Cosa Nostra und Camorra die Welt erobern

Author: Francesco Forgione

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783442157044


Page: 347

View: 8017


MI 5

Die wahre Geschichte des britischen Geheimdienstes

Author: Christopher M. Andrew

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783548610283


Page: 912

View: 3326


Kultureller Wandel und die Grabsitte im Frühneolithikum des Mittelmeerraumes

Author: Roland De Beauclair

Publisher: British Archaeological Reports

ISBN: 9781407314259

Category: Funeral rites and ceremonies, Ancient

Page: 246

View: 9965


[Text in German] Neolithic cultural groups are traditionally determined on the basis of pottery distribution, and ceramic clusters have therefore been conflated with cultural ones. Though there has been general acknowledgement of the methodological and theoretical problems with this practice, it is still common. This volume aims to find a solution to this problem, by investigating this topic using burial customs. It includes data from nearly five hundred burials at fifty sites around the Mediterranean, thus providing wide-ranging but detailed evidence. The funerary evidence is presented in a thorough catalogue along with several maps and illustrations. The author, using spatial analysis, then combines his findings with the more traditional conclusions taken from ceramic evidence to provide a more nuanced set of conclusions. It thus provides a dynamic and detailed account of the complexities of Neolithic society in southern Europe. Written in German and with an abstract in English.