Cannae: The Battle of Annihiliation: The Prussian Campaigns of 1866 and 1870, VOLUME 1
By General Fieldmarshal Count Alfred von Schlieffen, Chief of the Imperial German Staff
Edited by R. Reynolds
Size: 8.5″ x 11″
Pages: 177 pages
Illustrations: 63 maps & 9 other illustrations
Volume 2 posted separately.
Volume 1 begins with a short discussion of the battle of Cannae, fought by Hannibal against the Romans in 216 BC, then Frederick the Great’s battle of Zorndorff, and Napoleon’s battle of Austerlitz, using them as a basis for the concept of Vernictungskrieg, the war of annihilation, as fought on the battlefield. With this as a basis, the man who designed the famous “Von Schlieffen Plan” for the invasion of France in 1914 proceeds to demonstrate how the Prussians used this concept in the 1866 campaign against Austria and the 1870 campaign against France. Volume 1 covers only the Prusso-Austrian war of 1866.
Lots of battle maps and orders of battle.