Unit 3: Hindenburg and Ludendorff

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  • HINDENBURG AND LUDNEDORFF: THE QUASI DICTATORSHIP
    • Hindenburg = Supreme Army Command
    • Ludendorff = General Quartermaster --> MOST POWERFUL MAN IN GERMANY
      • SOME CONSTRAINTS...
        • -The Kaiser still needed consulting
        • The War Effort was run by the Bureaucracy
        • The Reichstag still held budgetary control and, to an extent, was representative of public opinion.
    • From September 1914 they decided on the strategy of War.
      • Their views were very difference from Bethmann-Hollweg...
        • They rejected any form of negotiated peace.
        • The War would be prosecuted with all available resources.
        • Russia would be knocked out of the War and subjected to a harsh peace settlement
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