An image of Erich von Falkenhayn, the man who wrote a letter to the German Kaiser, Wilhelm II, convincing him that attacking the French town of Verdun would be the quickest way to secure a victory for Germany in the war.
German Army Chief of Staff Erich von Falkenhayn - First battle of Ypres - Pte Wilson
MOLTKE-Moltke was responsible for the failure, a blow that garnered him further disapproval from the emperor and one that would eventually cost him his career and his health. The 66-year-old suffered a mental breakdown, and six weeks after the outbreak of war, Germany lost its top commander. Against his wishes, Moltke was replaced by the Minister of War, Erich von Falkenhayn. Officially, he was relieved due to complications with his liver and gall bladder
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