Sadowa; A Study

London: Hugh Rees, Ltd., 1907. Presumed First U.K. Edition in the English language, First printing. Hardcover. 255, [1] pages. Footnotes. Appendices (Bibliography of the Bohemian Campaign, "L'Espirit de la Guerre Moderne"; Note on Terminology; and Note on Organization. Maps in rear pocket (all XXI listed present). Pocket separated from rear board but present. In addition there is another folding map in the pocket, from the Hugh Rees, Ltd. publisher, designated Map No I and titled General Map to Illustrate the Austro-Prussian War of 1866. In it approximately 22 inches by 15 inches with color. This appears to have been included by the publisher. Cover is worn, soiled, with spine tears and chips. Some page discoloration noted. Pencil marks to text noted. Name of previous owner and date on fep. This is one of The Pall Mall Military Series. Guillaume Auguste Balthazar Eugène Henri Bonnal, born 1844 and died 1917, was a French general and military theorist. He invented and adopted the teaching method of cases from historical examples. The Austro-Prussian War or Seven Weeks' War, known in Germany as Deutscher Krieg ("German War") and by a variety of other names, was fought in 1866 between the Austrian Empire and the Kingdom of Prussia, with each also being aided by various allies within the German Confederation. Prussia had also allied with the Kingdom of Italy, linking this conflict to the Third Independence War of Italian unification. The Austro-Prussian War was part of the wider rivalry between Austria and Prussia, and resulted in Prussian dominance over the German states. The major result of the war was a shift in power among the German states away from Austrian and towards Prussian hegemony. It resulted in the abolition of the German Confederation and its partial replacement by the unification of all of the northern German states in the North German Confederation that excluded Austria and the other Southern German states, a Kleindeutsches Reich. The war also resulted in the Italian annexation of the Austrian province of Venetia. The Battle of Königgrätz (or Sadowa) was the decisive battle of the Austro-Prussian War in which the Kingdom of Prussia defeated the Austrian Empire. It took place on 3 July 1866, near the Bohemian towns of Königgrätz and Sadowa. The outnumbered Prussian infantry used their superior training and tactical doctrine and the Dreyse needle gun to win the battle and the entire war at Königgrätz on their own. Prussian artillery was ineffective and almost all of the fighting on the Prussian side was done by the First Army under Prince Friedrich Karl and one division from the Second Army. The Prussian 7th Infantry Division and 1st Guards Infantry Division attacked and destroyed 38 out of 49 infantry battalions of four Austrian corps at the Swiepwald and Chlum at the center of the battlefield, deciding the outcome of the struggle and forcing an Austrian retreat at 15:00, before any Prussian reinforcements could even seriously engage the Austrian flanks. Königgrätz was the decisive battle of the Austro-Prussian War. The Prussians then continued to pursue the defeated Austrian Nord-Armee and fought a series of minor clashes, with the last skirmish being fought at Blumenau on 22 July, just as the Peace of Prague to put a halt to the fighting was being signed. It provided a great opportunity for Prussian statesmen, by clearing a path toward German unification, in particular with the Little Germany (Germany without Austria) solution, with the subsequent foundation of the North German Confederation. The outcome also ensured that Prussia would have a free hand when a war with France came to pass in 1871. Condition: Fair.

Keywords: Austro-Prussian War, Koniggratz, Battle Studies, Military Tactics, Mobilization, Offensive, Combat Operations, Moltke, Prince Frederick Charles, Charles Francis Atkinson

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