However, Gramont could not leave well enough alone. Adding to the enmity was the fact that Germany had annexed Alsace and Lorraine after the war. The mobilisation of reservists was chaotic and resulted in large numbers of stragglers, while the Garde Mobile were generally untrained and often mutinous.
The French were convinced that the reorganization of their army in had made it superior to the German armies.
This settlement was finally negotiated by Adolphe Thiers and Favre and was signed February 26 and ratified March 1. Despite this misjudgment the two Prussian corps held the entire French army for the whole day. The French army consisted had nearlytroops, while the Germans had a superior army withtroops.
It was an overwhelming victory for the Prussians, for they not only captured an entire French army, but the leader of France as well. Late-twentieth-century scholarship emphasizes Bismarck's desire to keep as many options as possible open for as long as possible.
If Leopold accepted the Spanish offer France would find itself situated in the middle of two Hohenzollern monarchies, a strategically untenable position. William II was determined to make Germany not only into a great European power, but a naval and colonial one as well. The Hohenzollern prince's candidacy was withdrawn under French diplomatic pressure, but Otto von Bismarck goaded the French into declaring war by releasing an altered summary of the Ems Dispatcha telegram sent by William I rejecting French demands that Prussia never again support a Hohenzollern candidacy.
On 15 July the North German Confederation issued its mobilization orders. The heart of France and of the Second Empire, Paris could not be sacrificed in a strategic withdrawal that in any case was foreign to the French way of war. The battle at first appeared to favour the French with their superior Chassepot rifle.
Once the throne was offered a second time Bismarck grasped the opportunity with both hands. After resisting siege and bombardment for some time, Paris had no choice but to surrender in On 19 July a declaration of war was sent to the Prussian government.
Instead of continuing to defend the heights, by the close of battle after dusk he retreated to the south. The Prussians reported their losses at 2, killed, 5, wounded and captured or missing. I enthusiastically give this book 5 out of 5 stars and I strongly recommend it if you are interested in learning about an overlooked yet historically important war.
Though the war was perhaps not planned by Bismarck, it was certainly not unwelcome to him.The Franco-Prussian War or Franco-German War, often referred to in France as the War (19 July —10 May ) was a conflict between France and Prussia, while Prussia was backed by the North German Confederation, of which it was a member, and the South German states of.
The Franco-Prussian War or Franco-German War, often referred to in France as the War of (19 July – 10 May ), was a conflict between the Second French Empire of Napoleon III and the German states of the North German Confederation led by the Kingdom of Prussia. Apr 03, · The war would result in: a huge amount of casualties, major technological changes, the introduction of the concept of 'total war', significant social changes and even the fall of old empires.
The course of 20th and 21st-century history can be traced back to the turning point of WW1 ().Reviews: 3. Franco-German War, also called Franco-Prussian War, (July 19, –May 10, ), war in which a coalition of German states led by Prussia defeated France.
The war marked the end of French hegemony in continental Europe and resulted in the creation of a unified Germany. Franco-Prussian War After the Congress of Vienna, inthere was created a German Confederation of thirty-nine states.
During the 19th century, German nationalists wanted a greater Germany and for that sought the unification of the German Confederation to create a German Empire.5/5(1).
The Results of the Franco-Prussian War In this paper i will pay particular attention to one specific area of the Franco-Pressian war - The Results of the Franco-Prussian War introduction. The area i will focus on will be the results.Download