Monday, June 4, 2018
"To horse lancers, to horse!" And to trains too!
From the Internet web site Strategy page and special thanks to the Professor Al Nofi CIC # 461 a discussion of the mobilization procedure, the Great War.
MILLIONS OF MEN, HORSES, WAR MUNITIONS ON THE MOVE SIMULTANEOUSLY ACCORDING TO AN INTRICATE PLAN/TIMETABLE ALLOWING FOR NO LEEWAY AND A DIPLOMATIC SOLUTION, WAR MORE OR LESS INEVITABLE.
"Mobilization for the Great War"
Mobilization having several distinct phases:
* "War Warning. Whether it was called 'War Warning' or 'Threat of War' or some other term, all of the countries had arrangements to take certain preliminary steps before initiating full mobilization."
* "The 'Couverture.' All armies had some forces immediately ready to take the field, to serve as a 'Covering Force,' known in French as the Couverture'”
* "Activation and Concentration. In all armies, active duty units were rarely at full war strength and second- and third-line units existed largely on paper. So reservists, territorials, and militiamen had to be notified to report to their duty stations"
* "Entrainment and Deployment. Once concentrated, units began moving to their assigned deployment areas, mostly by rail."
"Mobilization in World War I"
"Intricate plans for mobilization contributed greatly to the beginning of World War I, since in 1914, under the laws and customs of warfare then observed (not to mention the desire to avoid compromising national security), general mobilization of one nation's military forces was invariably considered an act of war by that country's likely enemies."
WE MUST GET THERE FIRST WITH THE MOST!!