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Well, the nature of the technology certainly added to it. Once the trains were running, troops were flooding to the borders, and if stopped, they couldn't (somehow...) be restarted easily, because all the plans were interlocked so precisely. Or something.

Or that's the picture Tuchman paints.

Not just on the German side, BTW, but everywhere.

Now, this is just a popular history book I recall from memory several decades ago, and the questions you ask sound very relevant!

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