Monthly Archives: April 2018

Collision of Empires: the War on the Eastern Front in 1914 by Prit Buttar

An account of WW1 on the Eastern Front in 1914. It reviews the protagonists: Germany, Austria-Hungry and Russia, considering their strengths and weaknesses. One thing I’ve wondered out is aside from the very early phases with the Russian disasters is how well Russia held its own. Probably this is due to lack of focus on the eastern front by the Germans.

It also paints a negative picture of Conrad Graf von Hötzendorf. Some accounts I’ve read describe him as an expert with a weak army. This paints him as doing nothing to improve the professionalism of his army instead relying on outdated ideas of elan and dash.