The Albatros D.V by Peter L Gray

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So Falkenhayn concluded that Germany itself must take the lead. Conrad was offered eleven divisions under Mackensen to assist. Nominally these would be under joint control, but it was 1915 The Balkans I 1914-18 -r German attacks Austro-Hungarian attacks --r -r Austro-Hungarian retreat IT] Serbian retreat November 1915 [I] Germans advance up the Morava valley October 1915 0 Romanian forces invade Transylvania 27 August 1916 Allied retreat IT] Allied attempt to take Gallipoli peninsula fails Feb-Dec 1915 [2] German counter-offensive forces Romanians to retreat Sept-Dec 1916 8J Bulgarian attack breaks through Serbian formations October 1915 [I] Bulgarian advance forces back Russian-Romanian defence Oct 1916 Turkish counter-attack ...........

And it would not be directed against Germany's principal adversaries. Victory, for Falkenhayn, was synonymous with triumph in the west: the elimination of the present military power of France, and the negation of the emerging military power of Britain. The failure of the Schlieffen Plan had removed the prospect of total victory over France before the end of the year. And there was no likelihood of crippling Britain in short order, given that the kaiser would not contemplate sending his battlefleet into the open sea to risk a full-scale engagement with the British nav~ So France would remain a viable military power when 1915 dawned.

And it would not be directed against Germany's principal adversaries. Victory, for Falkenhayn, was synonymous with triumph in the west: the elimination of the present military power of France, and the negation of the emerging military power of Britain. The failure of the Schlieffen Plan had removed the prospect of total victory over France before the end of the year. And there was no likelihood of crippling Britain in short order, given that the kaiser would not contemplate sending his battlefleet into the open sea to risk a full-scale engagement with the British nav~ So France would remain a viable military power when 1915 dawned.

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