Emperor - dispositions - the remixes
Hindenburg was called back into service in August 1914 to be the nominal superior of Maj. Gen. Erich Ludendorff . Acclaimed as one of the army’s best strategists, Ludendorff was to drive a Russian invasion force from East Prussia . For this achievement, the rocklike Hindenburg, rather than Ludendorff, received the nation’s applause. Soon Hindenburg’s standing overshadowed that of Emperor William II . He was promoted to the rank of field marshal, and in 1916 the emperor was pressured into giving him command of all German land forces, with Ludendorff his co-responsible chief aide. Unable to win the war on land, the duo tried starving Britain into surrender by unrestricted submarine warfare, thus drawing the United States into the war and causing Germany’s ultimate defeat. When they conceded defeat, Hindenburg let Ludendorff take the blame.