The Franco-Prussian War Primer

A history of the war for the Rhine frontier

The Franco-Prussian War is a conflict that has gone down in history as a clear and embarrassing defeat for France. However, it also presents an example of a nation showing extreme tenacity by continuing to combat an enemy while repeatedly encountering defeats. This project will examine primary source material such as Helmuth von Moltke’s The Franco-German War of 1870-71 and help make it clear that the capture of Napoleon III at the Battle of Sedan and the subsequent fall of the empire, rather than being a decisive victory for the North German Confederation, instead proved to only prolong the conflict.