What is the most useless battle


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Klaus-Jürgen Bremm, 1866 (2016), WBG, Darmstadt, ISBN: 9783806232882

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Description / abstract

The German-German War of 1866 was the decision in the struggle for supremacy between Prussia and Austria. The climax of the war was the victory at Königgrätz on July 3rd 150 years ago. Bismarck's coolly calculating realpolitik and Moltke's outstanding strategic ability led Prussia to victory - that is the popular view.
Indeed, victory in Bohemia was not inevitable. Prussia's triumph actually meant giving up the dream of German unity. It paved the way to the German Empire, but in its small German solution.
Klaus-Jürgen Bremm describes all aspects of this war: He examines the prehistory as well as the way into the escalation and the actual course of the battle; the warfare under the sign of the latest weapon technology achievements as well as the fighting on the Italian theater of war. In addition, it shows the reception of the events in the various participating states - Austria, Germany, Italy. It is a war that decisively influenced the further development of Europe.


German War 1866: On July 3, Prussia defeats the Austrian army in the Battle of Königgrätz. It is the coldly calculated triumph of Bismarck, the decisive step on the way to the German Reich. But it is also the swan song for the dream of German unity. Klaus-Jürgen Bremm describes the history, course and effects of this war.


Klaus-Jürgen Bremm is a historian specializing in military history and a publicist. He published numerous successful non-fiction books.

Table of Contents

  • Front cover

  • Intent

  • title

  • imprint

  • content

  • introduction

  • I. The way to war

  • A missed opportunity - The German Confederation of 1815

  • Bismarck and the trauma of Olomouc in 1850

  • Italy and the Risorgimento 1815–1866

  • Reforms without a goal - Austria's army from 1848–1866

  • Between the spiked bonnet and the needle gun - Prussia's army as a pillar of political reaction and the spearhead of modern war

  • II. Decision in just six weeks - Custoza, Königgrätz, Langensalza and Lissa

  • Start of the great war - calculations and planning

  • Prussia's campaign against Hanover and Electorate Hesse - basic features of a new image of war

  • In Radetzky's footsteps - Austria's victory in the second battle of Custoza

  • Useless respect for the Hanoverians - the battle of Langensalza

  • Forward according to the old custom - Nachod, Trautenau, Skalitz and Gitschin

  • Königgrätz - The Prussians in the neck and the Elbe in the back

  • Advance on Vienna

  • The operations of the Prussian Main Army in southern Germany

  • Italian epilogue - Austria claims the Trentino and Isonzo line

  • III. The redesign of Central Europe

  • The "revolution from above" - ​​a monarchist overthrows monarchies

  • 1866 - Triumph of the Hungarians and trauma of the German-Austrians

  • Nation state or federation? - Was there no alternative to the establishment of a military empire for Bismarck?

  • attachment

  • Remarks

  • Photo credit

  • bibliography

  • register

  • Postscript

  • About the author

  • About the content

  • Back cover