Accession Number:

ADA215567

Title:

Understanding Change: Sigismund Von Schlichting and the Operational Level of War

Descriptive Note:

Monograph

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1989-05-10

Pagination or Media Count:

62.0

Abstract:

One of the ways we can help make ourselves equal to the process of change in military organizations is by studying the efforts of other armies tas they adapted in the face of political, technical, or other kinds of revolution. The late 19th Century is particularly suited to this study, and in Germany especially, in spite of Moltkes successes, debate about change was intense. With the benefit of hindsight, we can see that Sigismund von Schlicting, who retired from the German Army as a corps commander in 1896 had an unsurpassed appreciation for the new conditions of warfare. This monograph traces the development of Schlichtings thought, shows its influence on the development of the operational art of the Soviet General Staff, and shows, how Schlicting tied the need for operational thinking to changes in technology. It also shows briefly how we might use an analog of Schlictings though process today. A brief biography is included as an appendix.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE