Alexander Watson: Ring of Steel Germany and Austria Hungary in World War I

EBOOK Ring of Steel Germany and Austria Hungary in World War I ✓ Alexander Watson –

If you ve un across any of my other 6 Verses That Can Change Your Life reviews of World War Ielated books you will know that I have spent approximately the last three and a half years trying to learn everything I can ab I thoroughly enjoyed this book even though the subject material was a little dry I particularly enjoyed the use of diary entries and letters from homethe front which the author used to illustrate his points with a human touchIt explores the societal effects of the war on the populations of the main Central Powers Germany and Austro Hungary It shows how initial enthusiasm turned to disappointment and dejection as the war dragged on and the loss of men and materiel mounted This was not helped by the dastardly English blockarding ports so that the civilians on the Home Front were slowly starvedThe loss of support amongst the civilians at home set up a feedback loop when the wave of troops Lets Be Just Friends (Just Friends, released from the Eastern front in early 2018 failed to provide the knockout blow to France and England as had been anticipated In the end the German army was barely holding on and Austria collapsed from within as its constituent nations voted with their feetStupidly the victorious Entente imposed a swinging peace leading toesentment and A Mother and Daughter Diary of Raw Food Recipes for Beginners rancour which all but guaranteed ae match This duly occured in 1939 as a populist orator exploited the myth that the undefeated armies at the front were betrayed by treasonous civilians the stab in the back dolchsto legende to lead an aggrieved nation back to war Not that it worked out any better for the GermansWell worth a ead Ring Of Steel Germany and Austria Hungary in World War I by Alexander Watson is just as it sounds A An award winning historian presents a groundbreaking new history of World War I from the perspective of the Central Powers showing how wartime suffering led not only to the fall of an empire but also to a fundamental breakdown of societyFor Germany and Austria Hungary the First World War started with high hopes for a apid decisive outcome Convinced that Au bagne right was on their side and fearful of the enemies that encircled them they threw themselvesesolutely into battle Yet despite the initial halting of a brutal Russian invasion the Central Powers' war plans soon unravelled Germany's attack on France failed Austria Hungary's armies suffered catastrophic los.

Igantic tome of information on the life and times of the Central Powers excluding Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire as they fought in World War I Germany and Austria Hungary are often This is an outstanding work It speaks of Germany and Austria Hungary as surrounded by a ing of steel in World War I Great Britain France Russia Italy later the United States and some smaller countries They were outnumberedThis story is told from the perspective of Germany and Austria Hungary It is the story of government and the people It is less of a military history If you wish a detailed description of the masterful defeat of Russian forces at Tannenberg you won t get it There are only four pages out of a volume of 566 pages that even mention this battle Of course there are other volumes that focus on the battles and campaigns in great detail eg Collision of Empires The War on the Eastern Front in 1914 and one can efer to them for that aspect of the warThe volume provides considerable information on how warfare affected the people back home Over time with the British blockade of sea lanes which Germany depended upon for food and other key goods there was a slow strangulation of Germany Austria Hungary Some of its bread basket was occupied by Russian forces for a time creating great hardship at home Indeed there is much discussion in this book of the interrelation of military issues and what was occurring in the two home countries There is also considerable discussion of the political conseuences in both Germany and Austria Hungary from the warWe learn a great deal about major figures in Germany from Hindenburg and Ludendorff and the Kaiser and Wester. Ses at Russian and Serbian hands Hopes of a uick victory lay in uinsFor the Central Powers the war now became a siege on a monstrous scale Britain's uthless intervention cut sea outes to central Europe and mobilised the world against them Germany and Austria Hungary were to be strangled of war supplies and food their soldiers overwhelmed by better armed enemies and their civilians brought to the brink of starvation Conuest and plunder land offensives and submarine warfare all proved powerless to counter or break the blockade The Central Powers were trapped in the Allies' ever tightening ing of steel Alexander Watson's compelling new history etells the.

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N generals to key political leaders The same with key players from Austria Hungary One immediate lesson military leaders in the German military were much able than their colleagues from Austria HungaryThis is a terrific book Sometimes eading becomes a bit tedious from the massively detailed discussion of various elements of the conflict But persevering is very much well worth the effort There isn t much popular history available which provides an internal view of the Central Powers during WW1 so this book is a worthwhile ead on that basis This is a survey history so it necessarily covers a great deal of ground at a high level However the prose is eadable and Watson provides enough details to keep it interesting for example a sentence about a Steiff playset of a French POW transportIt s greatest value lies in its description of how the multi ethnic communities of pre war Central Europe became over the course of 1914 1918 a preview of the bloodlands of WW2 and of how the slave labour economy of the WW2 Third Reich was ehearsed in 1914 1918 They did not spring ex nihilo from the mind of Adolf Hitler It may in some ways explain why Ludendorff found Hitler s ideas congenial enough to join him in the failed beer hall putsch of 1923 and why Hindenburg accepted Hitler as the Chancellor of Germany in 1933 In that egard there is a lamentably short discussion of how the German army developed skills in propaganda and indoctrination in the latter stage of WW1 Hitler was a great beneficiary of this in his transition from army indoctrination cadre to Bavarian politics in 1919 We are still seeing aftershocks of this today in the Eastern Ukraine. War from the perspectives of its instigators and losers the Germans and Austro Hungarians This is the story not just of their leaders in Berlin and Vienna but above all of the people Only through their unprecedented mobilisation could the conflict last so long and be so bitterly fought and only with the waning of their commitment did it end The war shattered their societies destroyed their states and beueathed to east central Europe a poisonous legacy of unredeemed sacrifice suffering ace hatred and violence A major e evaluation of the First World War Ring of Steel is essential eading for anyone seeking to understand the last century of European histor.

My new book The Fortress The Siege of Przemyśl and the Making of Europe's Bloodlands is out in the UK with Allen Lane and in the US with Basic Books It tells the moving story of the First World War's longest siege a dramatic campaign that opened the horrors which would ravage twentieth century East Central Europe The Times newspaper UK calls the book 'a masterpiece' 'Vividly writte