The Battle on 5 August, was the second of three critical French defeats. Moltke had originally planned to keep Bazaine’s army on the Saar River until he could attack it with the 2nd Army in front and the 1st Army on its left flank, while the 3rd Army closed towards the rear. The ageing General von Steinmetz made an overzealous,unplanned move, leading the 1st Army south from his position on the Moselle. He moved straight toward the town of Spicheren, cutting off Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia from his forward cavalry units in the process.
PALL MALL MILITARY SERIES CAVALRY ON SERVICE Illustrated by the advance of the German cavalry across the Mosel in 1870
Originally published in 1906 as part of the valued “Pall Mall Series’ of military text books, works that are now regarded as classics of military theory Intended for serious or professional students of military history, each volume in this sought after series is interspersed with strategical and tactical comments and illustrated by numerous coloured maps.
This is a well written and accurate account of a large mass of German cavalry on service patrol, based on events during the The Battle of Spicheren during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. With good coloured maps comprehensively showing the German cavalry on every second day,and a very full index that gives the most important duties and the amount of instruction that can be gained. An detailed and scholarly work that is rare in it’s original 1908 edition.