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Prior to 1919 the Combined Army included two "independent" armies (Prus & Bav) each with its own General Staff with three ranklists (Prus, Bav, & Sax) under four War Ministries (Prus, Bav, Sax, & Wuert). Now all of this was tied up by treaties and conventions, so de facto, there was a "German" Army in 1914 and all the various organizations did not cause any performance issues during the war.
My question is, between 1871 and 1918, was there ever an attempt to create a de jure "German" Army (i.e 1 army, 1 gen staff, 1 ranklist, & 1 MoW)? It seems odd to keep all that official separation when there was always only one German Navy, so the idea and practice of a national force existed.