- May 2018
Interesting, I was under the impression that German combined arms doctrine was more "mature" than the British (and the French), and the 20-man platoon attacks of the Franco-Prussian War were further developed by WWI. However, WWI is not an era of expertise for me.The British had superior infantry doctrine and training over the Germans in 1914. There Battalaion commanders nearly all had actual battle experince. Their cavalry had made the transitiion to mounted infantry. The Germans still belived in attacking in mass groups in the open. The Germans were better in artillery. The Briitish army was small but there was a reaonsable argument that it was better man for man than the German. The Boers gave the British a much needed kick in the arse that led to actual reforms.
The German General staff, it;s skils are legendary, but it's also a deeply flawed institution. Operational slick, strategically and logistically dumb. Much like ww2.