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In German military thinking, what was the concept of the integral battle of annihilation (Vernichtungsschlacht)?
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This military strategy was based, in part, on the Prussian/German High Command’s interpretation – or, rather, distortion – of Clausewitz’s ideas on the climactic, decisive, individual battle, an event that was prominent during the Napoleonic period. This military strategy centred on the intent to defeat an opponent swiftly through one single, continuous offensive action.