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Prelude to Blitzkrieg (excerpt)

Prelude to Blitzkrieg (excerpt)

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In contrast to the trench-war deadlock on the Western Front, combat in Romania and Transylvania in 1916 foreshadowed the lightning warfare of WWII. When Romania joined the Allies and invaded Transylvania without warning, the Germans responded by unleashing a campaign of bold, rapid infantry movements, with cavalry providing cover or pursuing the crushed foe. Hitting where least expected and advancing before the Romanians could react—even bombing their capital from a Zeppelin soon after war was declared—the Germans and Austrians poured over the formidable Transylvanian Alps onto the plains of Walachia, rolling up the Romanian army from west to east, and driving the shattered remnants into Russia. Prelude to Blitzkrieg tells the story of this largely ignored campaign to determine why it did not devolve into the mud and misery of trench warfare, so ubiquitous elsewhere.
In contrast to the trench-war deadlock on the Western Front, combat in Romania and Transylvania in 1916 foreshadowed the lightning warfare of WWII. When Romania joined the Allies and invaded Transylvania without warning, the Germans responded by unleashing a campaign of bold, rapid infantry movements, with cavalry providing cover or pursuing the crushed foe. Hitting where least expected and advancing before the Romanians could react—even bombing their capital from a Zeppelin soon after war was declared—the Germans and Austrians poured over the formidable Transylvanian Alps onto the plains of Walachia, rolling up the Romanian army from west to east, and driving the shattered remnants into Russia. Prelude to Blitzkrieg tells the story of this largely ignored campaign to determine why it did not devolve into the mud and misery of trench warfare, so ubiquitous elsewhere.

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Published by: Indiana University Press on Jul 14, 2014
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Contents
 Lis of Maps ix Preface xi Seleced Abbreviaions xix
 󰀱 Romania Enters the War
 󰀱
 󰀲 e Central Powers Respond
 󰀳󰀲
 󰀳 e First Dobrogea Campaign
 󰀶󰀰
 󰀴 Clearing Transylvania
 󰀹󰀳
 󰀵 e Second Dobrogea Campaign
 󰀱󰀲󰀷
 󰀶 Stalemate in the Mountains
 󰀱󰀵󰀳
 󰀷 Moldavia: e Forgoen Front
 󰀲󰀱󰀱
 󰀸 e Drive across Walachia
 󰀲󰀳󰀸
 󰀹 e Fall of Bucharest and the End of the 󰀱󰀹󰀱󰀶 Campaign
 󰀲󰀷󰀴
 󰀱󰀰 Conclusion
 󰀲󰀹󰀸 Noes 󰀳󰀱󰀵 Bibliography 󰀳󰀷󰀳 Index 󰀳󰀸󰀳
 
ix 
 󰁍󰁡󰁰 󰀱 Transylvanian-Romanian eater of Operations
 xxii
 󰁍󰁡󰁰 󰀲 Romanian eater of Operations: Railroad Lines
 󰀹
 󰁍󰁡󰁰 󰀳 e Dobrogea
 󰀶󰀶
 󰁍󰁡󰁰 󰀴 e Bale of Turtucaia: 󰀴 September 󰀱󰀹󰀱󰀶
 󰀷󰀳
 󰁍󰁡󰁰 󰀵 e Bale of Sibiu: 󰀲󰀶 September 󰀱󰀹󰀱󰀶
 󰀱󰀰󰀸
 󰁍󰁡󰁰 󰀶 e Bale of Brasov: 󰀷–󰀹 October 󰀱󰀹󰀱󰀶
 󰀱󰀲󰀲
 󰁍󰁡󰁰 󰀷 e Romanian Danube Crossing: 󰀲 October 󰀱󰀹󰀱󰀶
 󰀱󰀳󰀶
 󰁍󰁡󰁰 󰀸 Breakout Aempt by the 󰀱󰀱th Bavarian Infantry Division: 󰀲󰀳–󰀲󰀸 October 󰀱󰀹󰀱󰀶
 󰀱󰀷󰀰
 󰁍󰁡󰁰 󰀹 Ambush at Agas: 󰀱󰀷 October 󰀱󰀹󰀱󰀶
 󰀲󰀱󰀸
 󰁍󰁡󰁰 󰀱󰀰 e Northeast Front: November 󰀱󰀹󰀱󰀶
 󰀲󰀳󰀲
 󰁍󰁡󰁰 󰀱󰀱 LIVth Army Corps (Special Purpose) Breakout: 󰀱󰀱–󰀱󰀷 November 󰀱󰀹󰀱󰀶
 󰀲󰀴󰀰
 󰁍󰁡󰁰 󰀱󰀲 Breakout into Walachia: November 󰀱󰀹󰀱󰀶
 󰀲󰀵󰀱
 󰁍󰁡󰁰 󰀱󰀳 Breakout, Group “Kra” Red Tower Pass Region: 󰀱󰀶 October–󰀲󰀱 November 󰀱󰀹󰀱󰀶
 󰀲󰀶󰀰
 󰁍󰁡󰁰 󰀱󰀴 Bale for Bucharest: 󰀲󰀸 November– 󰀳 December 󰀱󰀹󰀱󰀶
 󰀲󰀶󰀶
 󰁍󰁡󰁰 󰀱󰀵 Advance to the Sereth-Putna Rivers: December 󰀱󰀹󰀱󰀶–January 󰀱󰀹󰀱󰀷
 󰀲󰀸󰀳
Maps

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