Political Generals and Industrial Magnates

  • Robert B. Armeson


When Rumania entered the war on the side of the Allies on August 27, 1916, William II bowed to the pressure exerted by leaders among the nation’s military and economic circles,1 with reluctance removed General von Falkenhayn from his position as Chief of Staff and, on August 29, appointed Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg as his successor. At first the Emperor had planned to appoint General Erich Ludendorff to a secondary position behind Hindenburg. Ludendorff, however, insisted upon the title “First Quartermaster General” and the right to have joint responsibility in all decisions and measures that might be taken. By acceding to this demand, the Emperor withdrew farther than ever from a leading position in the war.2


Military Service Heavy Industry General Staff Franchise System Territorial Expansion 
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© Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague, Netherlands 1964

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert B. Armeson
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  1. 1.State University CollegeOswegoUSA

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