Classical Blitzkrieg: The Untimely Modernity of Schlieffen's Cannae Programme

@article{Holmes2003ClassicalBT,
  title={Classical Blitzkrieg: The Untimely Modernity of Schlieffen's Cannae Programme},
  author={T. M. Holmes},
  journal={The Journal of Military History},
  year={2003},
  volume={67},
  pages={745 - 771}
}
  • T. M. Holmes
  • Published 2003
  • History
  • The Journal of Military History
  • This article reconsiders Schlieffen's Cannae ideal and offers an historical perspective on the question of its applicability. Concurring with Hans Delbrück's interpretation, Schlieffen understood that the battle of Cannae was decided by a cavalry attack on the rear of the Roman phalanx. This model had no influence on the Schlieffen plan of 1905, which reflects a quite different method of envelopment taught by Schlieffen before he adopted the Cannae paradigm in 1909. Cannae was in any case a… CONTINUE READING
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