The German Empire, 1867-1914, and the Unity Movement

The German Empire, 1867-1914, and the Unity Movement

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...were able to retire to a position of safety under cover of their brilliant artillery. The battle ended with a headlong flight of the beaten Austrians back to the Elbe and the fortress of Koniggriitz, under cover of a gallant and indomitable body of cavalry, which in the trying ordeal never for a moment lost its nerve. Bismarck, watching from afar the Prussian cuirassier regiments as they rode back in orderly array from the battlefield, instead of following on the heels of the retreating enemy, wondered whether he was the spectator of actual warfare or only of manoeuvres. The truth was that the victors were unaware of the completeness of their victory or the demoralization of the enemy. The battle over, Moltke was down with fever, and in his absence initiative was weakened, and his generals were satisfied to rest for the moment upon the laurels already gained. Yet the needle-gun had wrought dreadful havoc. The Austrian losses in killed and wounded were about 30,000, besides 13,000 prisoners, while the Saxons lost about 1,600. The Prussian losses in killed, wounded, and missing were between 13,000 and 14,000. Next day the retreat was continued to Olmiitz. The Bohemian war was at an end. The fourth Chancellor of the German Empire, Prince Biilow, writing nearly fifty years after the event, described the victory of Sadowa as " a triumph of discipline." It was that, but it was also a triumph of military organization. Military writers have adversely criticized Moltke's strategy during the war, and it is certain that the slackness of the Austrian higher command helped him on more than one critical occasion.1 The Prussian military machine itself, however, proved singularly efficient: both in the quality of their officers and men and more

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  • 9781236978578