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Check out this beautiful spine and marbled boards on this super rare 100 year old military history book!
Blurb: “Alexander von Kluck was a German general of the First World War most famous for his decision to march to pass to the east instead of to the west of Paris at the end of August 1914.”
Translated from the Title page’s text: “COLLECTION OF MEMOIRS, STUDIES AND DOCUMENTS TO SERVE IN WORLD WAR HISTORY COLONEL-GENERAL A. VON KLUCK THE WALK ON PARIS (1914) TRANSLATED BY COMMANDER DELESTRAINT CHIEF OF BATTALION CERTIFIED AT THE STAFF OF THE ARMY PREFACE BY GENERAL DEBENEY PAYOT & CE, PARIS 106. BOULEVARD SAINT-GERMAIN, 106”
From the preface: “Von Kluck's work is particularly helpful in shedding light on the mentality of the German high command at the start of the campaign and especially the command methods which, at the end of the campaign. account, resulted in the defeat of the Marne. The initial maneuver was admirably mounted; all the technical conditions had been met, even if in defiance of the rules of international law. All that was needed was to press the button to activate a long and meticulously arranged mechanism: it was the triumph of preparation and the start was superb. By virtue of the speed acquired, the maneuver unfolds at the start with impressive majesty, then, in contact with the realities, ground, time and above all the opponent's game, the friction is accentuated, the seizures occur; the intervention of the mechanic becomes necessary. Then the drama begins, because the mechanic does not intervene, or only intervenes with a hesitant hand.”