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Tactics and Procurement in the Habsburg Military, 1866-1918


Tactics and Procurement in the Habsburg Military, 1866-1918

Offensive Spending

von: John A. Dredger

103,52 €

Verlag: Palgrave Macmillan
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 11.08.2017
ISBN/EAN: 9783319576787
Sprache: englisch

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This book reveals the primary causes of Habsburg defeat both in the Austro-Prussian War and the First World War. The choice of offensive strategy and tactics against an enemy possessing superior weaponry in the Austro-Prussian War, and opponents with superior numbers and weapons in the Great War, resulted in catastrophe. The inferiority of the Habsburg forces in both conflicts stemmed from imprudent spending decisions during peacetime, rather than conservatism or parliamentary stinginess. The desire to restore the sunken prestige of Austria-Hungary and prove Habsburg’s great power status drove the military to waste money on an expensive fleet, and choose offensive tactics to win great victories. This study shows the civil-military interaction in regard to funding and procurement decisions as well as the deep intellectual debates within the army, which refute the idea that the Habsburg military remained opposed to technology or progress
Chapter 1: Introduction.- Chapter 2: The Problems of 1866: Tactics, Weapons, and Money.- Chapter 3:1866-1876: First Steps Towards Progress.- Chapter 4: Success in Bosnia-Hercegovina.- Chapter 5: From Progress to Reversion.- Chapter 6: Financial Shock: Conradian Tactics and Wasteful Spending.- Chapter 7: The Catastrophe of the Offensive.- Conclusion.- Bibliography.- Index
John A. Dredger is Vice-Principal at Assumption Academy in Walton, USA. Having studied at Kansas State University, he has taught History for twenty-five years.
This book reveals the primary causes of Habsburg defeat both in the Austro-Prussian War and the First World War. The choice of offensive strategy and tactics against an enemy possessing superior weaponry in the Austro-Prussian War, and opponents with superior numbers and weapons in the Great War, resulted in catastrophe. The inferiority of the Habsburg forces in both conflicts stemmed from imprudent spending decisions during peacetime, rather than conservatism or parliamentary stinginess. The desire to restore the sunken prestige of Austria-Hungary and prove Habsburg’s great power status drove the military to waste money on an expensive fleet, and choose offensive tactics to win great victories. This study shows the civil-military interaction in regard to funding and procurement decisions as well as the deep intellectual debates within the army, which refute the idea that the Habsburg military remained opposed to technology or progress
Examines ? the primary causes of Habsburg defeat both in 1866 and in 1914-1918Provides fresh insight into the Austro-Hungarian military strategy, particularly in the build up to World War IFills a gap in the gap in the historiography of Austro-Hungarian military history
“Big, populous and industrialized, modern Austria-Hungary was a military cellar dweller, defeated by Prussia and Italy in 1866 and by Russia and Serbia in World War I, despite massive German support. In this careful study, John A. Dredger searches for the reasons for this military futility and finds them in a culture that prized courtiers over professionals, deference over innovation, flash over substance and cheap fixes over sensible reforms.” (Geoffrey Wawro, University of North Texas, USA)

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