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The German Offensives of 1918 (Hardback)

The Last Desperate Gamble

WWI

By Ian Passingham
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Campaign Chronicles
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781844156368
Published: 17th April 2008
Last Released: 7th April 2008

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Few pivotal years in history are less understood than that of 1918. It was a momentous period, which began with Germany's desperate gamble to win the Great War through a sequence of offensives on the Western Front. Ian Passingham's graphic new study draws on a wide range of original German, British and French sources, and it features previously unpublished eyewitness accounts and photographs. He boldly reassesses German military doctrine, the strategic thinking behind the offensives and the effectiveness of the stormtroop tactics used. He also considers how the poor state of German military morale and the privations and unrest of the German people contributed to the army's defeat.

The whole of 1918 proved to be momentous as Germany began its last desperate gamble to win the war through a sequence of offensives on the Western Front. The first of these was launched in March, on the Somme, against the British, and seemed set to achieve a swift and decisive victory. But stubborn resistance led to German failure and by August they were both exhausted and disillusioned. This work draws on a wide range of original German, British and French sources, featuring previously unpublished eyewitness accounts and photographs. First class work. 10/10.

Mark Marsay
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