Schlieffen, Moltke and Clausewitz:

  • 2013

Schlieffen, Moltke and Clausewitz:

Their Strategic Division, Its Consequences and Implications
Author:
Victor Linck
Abstract:

This paper analyzes the influence of German war planning on both the origins and the outcome of World War I. Concentration is on the impact of the deviation of the Imperial General Staff, as personified by its consecutive pre-war chiefs, Alfred Graf von Schlieffen and Helmuth von Moltke (the Younger), from the teachings and philosophy of Carl von Clausewitz. Its principal conclusion is that flawed military planning can have an effect well beyond the mere failure of a plan, up to and including being a major causative factor of war itself.