Helmuth Von Moltke: Son of Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, who had been a brilliant military strategist, Moltke the Younger was less successful than his father as chief of the general staff of the German army. He was in charge of executing Germany's initial attack on France by way of Belgium. Keegan possibly does not blame him enough for botching the strategy, rather seeming to blame the strategy itself.
“The deployment of an army of a million men was not a matter of improvisation. It was the product of a whole year's work—of timetables that once worked out could not be changed. If his majesty insisted on leading the whole army eastwards, he would not have an army ready to strike, he would have a confused mass of disorderly armed men without commissariat.”
“Our advance in Belgium is certainly brutal, but we are fighting for our lives and all who get in the way must take the consequences.”
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