Showalter, Dennis
November 2007
Military History;Nov2007, Vol. 24 Issue 8, p52
The article details the key events which led to the Battle of Gravelotte in 1870. On a single day in 1870, Europe's two greatest armies, the French and Prussians, nearly annihilated each other in an epic slaughter at Gravelotte/Saint-Privat, France, that would not be marched until the stalemates of World War I. On August 18, 1870, Helmuth von Moltke, a consummate staff officer, committed the Prussian army to a maneuver. Moltke, as Prussian chief of staff, launched a French army that occupied some of the best defensive positions in eastern France.


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