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The Defeat of Imperial Germany, 1917-1918

av Rod Paschall

Andra författare: John S. D. Eisenhower (Inledning)

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"Genuinely original perspectives on and insight into WWI's blood-soaked endgame."--Kirkus January 1917. On the Western Front the armies of Imperial Germany, Great Britain, and France were locked in grim stalemate. Repeated attempts by both sides to achieve breakthrough in the face of machine-gun fire, barbed wire, long-range artillery, and poison gas had brought only enormous casualties. The Defeat of Imperial Germany focuses on the innovative plans created by generals on both sides in their struggles to dislodge the entrenched enemy and to restore maneuver and victory on the Western Front. In a series of vivid analyses of successive offensives, Paschall examines the problems of command and what happened when the massed soldiery sought to carry out their orders. These strategies and tactics developed by the military leadership in 1917-1918, though largely failing to shatter the deadlock, would prove successful when implemented twenty years later in World War II. The first volume in the Major Battles and Campaigns series published under the general editorship of John S.D. Eisenhower, The Defeat of Imperial Germany has been designed for the "armchair strategist." Dozens of photographs, many never before published, as well as clearly drawn theater and battlefield maps help to make this book an outstanding, challenging, and original contribution to the history of the Great War. Introduction by John S. D. Eisenhower… (mer)
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2376 The Defeat of Imperial Germany 1917-1918, by Rod Paschall (read 6 Apr 1991) I have read a lot of books about World War One and some are not really worthwhile but this work by the director of the U.S. Army Military History Institute is an exceptionally great and absorbing book. Maybe it over-emphasizes America's role--though not seriously--but it is enjoyable to read about American contribution, a subject never emphasized by British writers. It is a little appalling to realize that Americans fought with as little regard for life as was earlier displayed by other Allied generals. But this is a superb book, spending most of its time on the overall picture and not, as so many books I've read, dwelling on the individual story. I was instructed on a number of things I did not know--e.g.,how great a role George C. Marshall played as a colonel in France, and this is the first time in a long time I've read much about what the USA did in the war. St. Mihiel, Argonne Forest, and the Meuse were just names to me till I read this workmanlike account of them. A great, great book. ( )
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"Genuinely original perspectives on and insight into WWI's blood-soaked endgame."--Kirkus January 1917. On the Western Front the armies of Imperial Germany, Great Britain, and France were locked in grim stalemate. Repeated attempts by both sides to achieve breakthrough in the face of machine-gun fire, barbed wire, long-range artillery, and poison gas had brought only enormous casualties. The Defeat of Imperial Germany focuses on the innovative plans created by generals on both sides in their struggles to dislodge the entrenched enemy and to restore maneuver and victory on the Western Front. In a series of vivid analyses of successive offensives, Paschall examines the problems of command and what happened when the massed soldiery sought to carry out their orders. These strategies and tactics developed by the military leadership in 1917-1918, though largely failing to shatter the deadlock, would prove successful when implemented twenty years later in World War II. The first volume in the Major Battles and Campaigns series published under the general editorship of John S.D. Eisenhower, The Defeat of Imperial Germany has been designed for the "armchair strategist." Dozens of photographs, many never before published, as well as clearly drawn theater and battlefield maps help to make this book an outstanding, challenging, and original contribution to the history of the Great War. Introduction by John S. D. Eisenhower

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