TITLE

Steamrollered in Galicia: The Austro-Hungarian Army and the Brusilov Offensive, 1916

AUTHOR(S)
Schindler, John
PUB. DATE
January 2003
SOURCE
War in History;Jan2003, Vol. 10 Issue 1, p27
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Russia's summer 1916 Galician operation, the noted Brusilov offensive, was one of the most successful efforts of the First World War, resulting in the near-destruction of the Austro-Hungarian Army in the east. However, the causes of Russian success, and particularly of Habsburg defeat, have been little studied and less understood; in particular, ethnic-based disloyalty has always been the explanation for Austro-Hungarian setbacks in mid-1916. However, this article closely examines poor Habsburg battlefield performance, and concludes that serious tactical shortcomings and inadequate leadership, rather than the vexing nationalities' question, were the true causes of Austro-Hungarian defeat at the hands of Alexei Brusilov's offensive.
ACCESSION #
8962101

 

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