A.20, Moltke the Elder

Since I’ve been working on my new digital notebook, I’ve made some decisions. I always had big problems when people used Wikipedia as a reference. From this point of view, Wikipedia is enough if you want to give a presentation about a certain topic in school, but nothing more. The quality of Wikipedia for one’s own scientific work is hereby to be questioned. There are far too many non-scientists working on the articles, with bias and their own goals. In addition still professional companies want to place advertisement in the Wikipedia. This is all too opaque for me. In addition it comes with certain topics to the fact that that was prepared still neatly enough. Therefore, in the future I will primarily quote from books or derive references that I myself have in the archive.

Thus, in my plan article, I loosely based myself on a quote from Prussian Field Marshal Helmuth von Moltke. It fit my theme of “plans” in another article. In doing so, I referenced the Google Books source[Google2022]. However, there are some problems with this. Some pages in Google Books are not displayed completely for reasons I have not investigated. So I can’t put important passages in context and that is a really unsatisfying feeling. So I requested a reprint from 1900, produced by a small local printer. And because I want to buy less on Amazon, I ordered the book and another work by Moltke from a small bookstore in my neighborhood. With it I can on the quotation “π”Žπ”’π”¦π”« π”’π”­π”’π”―π”žπ”±π”¦π”¬π”«π”°π”­π”©π”žπ”« 𝔯𝔒𝔦𝔠π”₯𝔱 π”ͺ𝔦𝔱 𝔒𝔦𝔫𝔦𝔀𝔒𝔯 𝔖𝔦𝔠π”₯𝔒𝔯π”₯𝔒𝔦𝔱 ΓΌπ”Ÿπ”’π”― π”‘π”žπ”° 𝔒𝔯𝔰𝔱𝔒 β„¨π”²π”°π”žπ”ͺπ”ͺ𝔒𝔫𝔱𝔯𝔒𝔣𝔣𝔒𝔫 π”ͺ𝔦𝔱 𝔑𝔒𝔯 𝔣𝔒𝔦𝔫𝔑𝔩𝔦𝔠π”₯𝔒𝔫 β„Œπ”žπ”²π”­π”±π”ͺπ”žπ” π”₯𝔱 π”₯π”¦π”«π”žπ”²π”°.[Moltke1871] (No operational plan extends with any certainty beyond the initial encounter with the main enemy force.”) and have the book together with the other texts[Moltke1899] in my archive. With this I can work more scientifically accurate and link less to Wikipedia or Google Books. Maybe in the future I will even work professionally as an archivist, because I notice how well I like the subject. But at the moment we don’t know what’s going on in the world next month, so I don’t commit myself enough to publish a rough plan.