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The Forgotten FrontThe Eastern Theater of World War I, 1914 - 1915$
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Gerhard P. Gross

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813175416

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813175416.001.0001

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Russia versus Germany

Russia versus Germany

The Eastern Front of the First World War from 1914 to 1915

(p.53) 4 Russia versus Germany
The Forgotten Front

Boris Khavkin

University Press of Kentucky

Boris Khavkin presents the traditional military and historical view of Russia as the “steamroller” of the Entente that fought the war “down to the last Russian soldier.” The Western Powers, according to this perspective, used the Russian military as a counterbalance to the German offensive in France. The chapter argues that Russia made a major contribution to the victory of the Entente despite the Russian Army’s material inferiority and the fact that Russian leaders had been repeatedly obliged by their allies to enter into unprepared offensives. These events helped create the preconditions for the Revolution of 1917.

Keywords:   East Prussia Operation, World War I eastern front, Russian Army, Revolution of 1917, Russo-German front

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