Disease inflicted by the blockade Bolshevik uprisings back home and mutiny within the ranks and the collapse of morale that came with the realization that America had ntered the war fresh with a seemingly MongoDB endless supply of men and materiel to draw from This lack of a marching through Berlin moment affected the post war German psyche and created the conditions for the rise of Hitler and the Second World War To a simple Corporal on the front lines in 1918 it looked like the same army that had been fighting since 1914 occupying French territory and despite losses generally still holding offvery Allied attack Because the generals realized Germany was beaten but the populace did not narratives of a stab in the back by leaders intellectuals and Jews began to take hold It should be noted that in the Second World War the Allied Powers made sure the people of Germany were fully aware of what had taken place Did anyone really care whether Alsace Lorraine was French or German Using those words British history professor Nick Lloyd summed up German thoughts at the Chastity end of the Great War as the German government considered surrendering to the Allied forces in Fall 1918 in his new book Hundred DaysAugust 1914 young men from Britain to Austro Hungary marched gaily off to war They d be home by Christmas these fearless young men told themselves andach other But as the years went by with battles gaining literally inches and men living and dying in hideous trenches in France and Belgium by summer of 1918 the war was finally creaking to an Experiential Learning end The Americanntry into the war in 1917 on the Allied side had given the French British and Dominion troops an added boost to those armies who had been fighting for three years often to a standoff with the Germans on the Western Front in a war of attritionNick LLoyd a senior lecturer of Defense Studies at Kings College London lost a great uncle at the French village of Gouzeaucourt just six weeks or so before the Armistice Lloyd has written an amazingly readable book about those last hundred days of WW1 He looks at the war from British German French and American sides and Die Neurobiologie des Glücks examines both the military battles at the Front and the political battles behind the scenes He includes maps at the front of the book which detail the battles fought and military lines that had to be crossed by the advancing Allies and defended by the GermansOne of the most interesting parts of the book deals with the political situation in Germany as the war caused the collapse of the Kaiser s government Lloyd looks at the cries of betrayal by the CommunistsBolshevicsJewsDefeatists that lasted well into the 1920 s and 30 s Nick LLoyd has done a wonderful job looking at a smallish slice of time in a much larger conflict Great book for WW1 history readers Concise account of the Allied campaign that brought Germany to defeat in World War I Gives an understanding of just how much the Allies learned about 20th century warfare during 1914 1918 leading to tactical innovations that finally broke the stalemate on the Western Front Only drawback is a paucity of maps In the late summer of 1918 after four long years of senseless stagnant fighting the Western Frontrupted The bitter four month struggle that A Final Story: Science, Myth, and Beginnings ensued known as the Hundred Days Campaign saw some of the bloodiest and most ferocious combat of the Great War as the Allies grimly worked to break the stalemate in the west andnd the conflict that had decimated Europe As with some of the books that I have recently read about The Great War by the time we get to the final chapters and the last of the conflict we sometimes miss out on the details leading to Armistice Day As the opening uote projects with the US heavily involved fresh for action the la Hundred Days The campaign that A New Philosophy of History ended World War I by Nick Lloyd Basic Books 2014 Remarkable The Hundred Days from the middle of July 1918 through the beginning of November are the days when the British French andventually the Americans having held off Ludendorff s final spring huge peace offensive finally turned the tide began advancing and broke the German army Lloyd uses Abortion, Choice, and Contemporary Fiction every resource archives letters diaries books official accountstc to describe how the Entente finally named a single generalissimo to coordinate all the armies Foch who planned the series of attacks that one after the other destroyed the Germans ability to resist His account goes from the highest strategic councils to the utter brutality and sualor of the combat I had no idea how much gas they used the Germans than the Allies I will never think of the French as surrender monkeys they bore the absolute brunt of the fighting and the war was almost Lexikon der Medizin-Irrtümer entirely on their territory Lloydxplains th The last one hundred days until the armistice of WWI have not received as much attention as other parts of the war This is largely because it was believed that Germany lost the war already with the failure of its offensive on the western front the previous spring and the fall of 1918 was merely an FRITZI auf Sylt - ÖLMALEREI - Kunst in Fotobrillant-Druck endgame It didn t get the attention it deserved byarly writers because of the stab in the back story that was widely circulated in Germany after the war to Big Little Man explain her defeat The last hundred days of the war and the complete ruin of the German armyxplain how the armistice happened The Man from Beijing even though the allies had not reached German soil Major battles included Amiens and the Argonne Meuse The Argonne Meuse fought by fresh American doughboys killed 50000 in a few days nearly half of the American soldiers lost in the war The book is replete with descriptions of the major battles and gives a flavor of the fear in the ranks the bloody killing and shelling the chaos of the fighting and the shattered landscaped that looked like something out of Dante s Inferno A good description of the lines of the map that the generals saw and the bloody terror that the soldiers witnesse. Allies' victories and the bitter reality of German defeat' Gary Sheffield Professor of War Studies 'Lloydnters the upper tier of Great War historians with this admirable account of the war's final campaign' Publishers Weekly Nick Lloyd is Senior Lecturer in Defence Studies at King's College London based at the Joint Services Command Staff College in Shrivenham Oxfordshire He specialises in British military and imperial history in the ra of the Great War and is the author of two books Loos 1915 2006 and The Amritsar Massacre The Untold Story of One Fateful Day 201.
I picked this up immediately after reading Nick Lloyd s xcellent book on Passchendaele which I also recommend My knowledge of World War One mainly revolves around its causes a popular subject at O Level A Level and Degree when I was a lad and The Somme so a lot of this history was new to me The thing I like about Lloyd s books or the two I ve read so far is he tells the story not just from a British point of view So here he is good on how the German Army fell apart under the constant pressure of Allied assaults and how the myth of the stab in the back that Hitler was to feed on perhaps because he felt it was true developed Lloyd s writing is sharp and straightforward His research impeccable and he tells the story with a real drive Highly recommendedStraightforward isn t a faint praise btw There are some historians not often in military history who seem to revel in writing that proves how clever they are but Understanding Markets and Strategy ends up being nothing but wanky intellectual frippery While there have been a veritable flood of books published on the origins of the First World War and the initial battles in Flanders and the Marne as well as long winded looks into the veracity or not of the Schleiffen Plan few books havever been written on the final Allied offensive that broke the back of the German Army and Montana Dreams ended the war And none that didn t focus on thentirety of the campaign as a whole not just one side or Immerwelt - Der Pakt even one particular ally of one side This book a well written andxcellent one fills that gap Hundred Days tells the oft neglected story of how the Allies won if not decisively the First World War defeated the German Army and drove it nearly to annihilation in a series of grinding attrition based offensives that also saw some Modern South Asia examples of maneuver warfare towards thend Following their defeat of the Russian Empire in 1917 and yes it must be said that the answer to the rhetorically asked uestion of whether one can win a land war in Asia is yes one can the Germans did in the First World War by trouncing decisively and completely the Russian Empirethe Germans after stopping briefly by Italy to smack them upside the head nearly taking them out of the war as well in the Caporetto Battles shipped large formations of veteran and well Picture Theory euipped men to the Western Front What made this so harmful to the Allied cause was a multifaceted problem First off the Allies were tiredxhausted and drained of morale The grinding battles of Paschendalle and the disastrous Nivelle Offensive which helped to cause a mutiny in the French Army had damaged the Allies than they had damaged the Germans and they were not prepared to face a new reinvigorated German offensive Secondly the Germans were bringing to the match new tactics tried and tested first against the Russians and then perfected against the Italians tactics that form the basis for infantry assault tactics to this day by the way and a sense of victory They believed that they could win the war and this mightily revitalized the German Army on the Western Front After all their comrades being shipped westwards had not only trounced the Italians and knocked the Russians out of the war but they had also conuered in a matter of days Romania in the first Ancestral Voices ever mechanized offensive in history Though minus armor the Germans never developed much in the way of tanks during WWIAll of this combined to make the German Army that spring a very confident andager to display their new found skills against their tired And Bid Him Sing exhausted foes And finally the Allies were desperately waiting for the arrival of the American Army The Frenchspecially were desperate for relief relief they hoped to find in the form of fresh American troops This added a sense of urgency to both sides the Allies hoping the Americans would arrive in time the Germans hoping that their coming offensive would knock one or the other of France or the British out of the war before the Yanks could show upThe Aristotle Detective (Aristotle ensuing German offensives called various names but most often known to history as the Kaiser offensives were initially tremendous successes The Germans broke the Western Front wide open and restored maneuver their strong suit to the war Albeit only for a brief time As bad as their blows were hurting the Allies they were taking considerable losses themselves and their High Commands insistence of adding strategic objectives as the offensive rolled on only spread out and diffused the Germanfforts in Bones, Clones, and Biomes effect softening their blows Finally at the Second Battle of the Marne the Allies primarily the French with a large dose of American help stopped the German offensives As the Americans led the way in launching a joint Allied offensive that pushed the Germans from thenvirons of Paris the supreme Allied commander Ferdinand Foch could feel that victory was in the air Nick Lloyd tells the story of how the Allies battered and bruised from the series of massive German blows they had absorbed over the Spring recovered uickly and began landing knockout blows of their own The author covers all sides giving fair treatment to the French Germans and Bringing the Empire Home even the Americans something that should be remarked upon as he is British and most British historians tend to celebrate their own triumphs at thend while overlooking the French and American contributions and overlooking the plight of the retreating and defending Germans Starting at Amiens the Black Day of the German Army the Allies kept up a constant hammering series of offensives that slowly but surely drove the Germans back to their frontiers The British led the way with their tanks and the awesome hitting power of their Canadian and Australian Army Corps asily the baddest troops on the battlefield in 1918 The French while tired and almost used up contributed mightily regaining honor lost during the mutinies the previous year Only the Americans had a mixed report The American Army green under trained. Nick Lloyd's 'Hundred Days The End of the Great War' xplores the brutal heroic and Building the Cold War extraordinary final days of the First World War On theleventh hour of the Canadian Art, Volume 1 (A-F) eleventh day in November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent The Armistice which brought the Great War to annd marked a seminal moment in modern European and World history Yet the story of how the war Counter-Amores ended remains little known In this compelling and ground breaking new study Nick Lloydxamines the last days of the war and asks the uestion How did it nd Beginning at the heralded turning point on.
Under uipped and indifferently led does not make for glorious reading during the First World War While American troops did well when under Allied command and mixed in with French or British armies as a separate unit the deficiencies of the American Army were born out in bloody tragic detail In the hellish nightmare of the Meuse Argonne Forest nearly 100000 American soldiers would be killed in action in a little under two months for little gains of lasting significance For all their faults however Lloyd shows the reader that the Americans learned from their incredibly costly mistakes rapidly at that and despite their often inept tactics they showed remarkable bravery and incredible courage in the face of certain death as they often charged in almost fanatically towards positions that the British and French would avoid By Double Jeopardy early November however the game was up for Germany Her Army was all but finished she was short onverything from ammunition to boots and Composition and Literature especially food and medicine Morale at home was almost nonexistent and revolution was in the air Germany signed the Armistice and the First World WarndedNick Lloyd shows that it was not politics but Allied arms that convinced the Germans to give up the fight Also he does a very convincing job of overturning the German myth which many there still believe that it was leftist politicians who stabbed the Army in the back The Army was done for on its last legs and Cezanne and Provence even its High Command understood this The Armistice was a blessing in disguise for the German Army as it gave them the opportunity to turn home and root out the Communists However the Allies did not win decisively The German Army though in a bad way was still functional and the Allies did not occupy Germany While it seems that such a step would be overly harsh in today s overly sensitive political climate the truth is that minus that occupation isxactly what gave the conditions time to brew that allowed the rise of the National Socialists All in all an Dark Voices excellent book hopefully it will spawn research into this most pivotal of moments in 20th century history I always feel that WWI gets the shaft compared to WWIIven though they are Contested Reproduction eually important forxplaining the world in which we presently reside Even so after thoroughly Divided by Color (American Politics and Political Economy Series) exploring the main narratives in college I mostly focus on the forgotten fronts these days Italy vs Austria Hungary the Balkans the Middle East East Africa you name itBut one thing that always bothered me was that while the Western Front is covered toxtremity particularly the very start of the war and the slaughterhouse battles of the Somme and Verdun a battlefield which I have personally visited and is uite moving in its terrible and still scarred grandeur is how the last and arguably most important stages of the war the combined Allied offensives after the failure of the German gamble in Spring of 1918 gets overlooked Even Keegan s comprehensive war history blows through the 100 Days Offensive as if it was nothing but an Creating Country Music epilogue and not the culmination of the war in EuropeThe Allies had perfected the hard lessons they had learned after years of failure Much of the German command was delusional about thextent of the danger they were in and had to be convinced by a few kicks open of their defensive lines The last minute nature of the armistice led to confusion and deaths right up to and Blacklands even past the time of thend of the war Foch handled three humongous armies and their varying commanders with great skill in what the western front always needed a completely coordinated multi stage operationLack of understanding this period had great dangers too Many Germans invented a pernicious mythology that Evolutionary Patterns exonerated the collapse of the army with dire future implications Up to today American historians often claim full credit for turning the tide while British ones pretend America had nothing to do with thend game Both are wrong as US troops were often though only initially woefully unprepared for the realities of combat in 1918 while also their numbers potential and Evolution As Entropy eventual victories did indeednable the 100 Days Offensive to go forward and win victory This was a book that had to be written The Hundred Days is an incredible account of the final throes of WWI Usually I find lots of books on Verdun the Somme Ypres and the initial Widerness campaigns but I have neglected the Forging Gay Identities end of the war I found this book anxcellent detailed discussion of how the French British and US armies successfully broke the deadlock of trench warfare and restored the campaigns of maneuver The German Army could not hold against the massed firepower thrown against their it or the addition of 100000 US soldiers monthly Each German line was breached with Forbidden History enormous losses to both sides The Germans were at thend of the line What is also fascinating is the discussion of the Imperial high command and their lack of comprehension that they had lost the war a fact that very infantryman knew Even interesting is the coverage of the Kaiser s last days in power The armistice reuired his abdication although the old mperor was in the clouds till the last believing he would remain in power For the allies the guns fell silent on armistice day For the Germans they had to march home to fight the anarchists and bolsheviks and their revolution In amongst those soldiers was a young corporal recovering from mustard gas who believed the German army was bertrayed His name was Adolf Hitler and with him went the seeds of WWII This is a well written and broad history of the Esteem Enlivened by Desire end of WWI on the Western Front What surprised me most in reading this book was the fact that afternormous battles like Verdun and the Somme and four years of what was at the time the bloodiest conflict in human history the war did not Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith end with some climactic battle a la Waterloo Instead the German Army was simply worn down by the starvation and. The Marne in July 1918 'Hundred Days' traces thepic story of the next four months which included some of the bloodiest battles of the war Using unpublished archive material from five countries this new account reveals how the Allies British French American and Commonwealth managed to beat the German Army by now crippled by indiscipline and ravaged by influenza and force her leaders to seek peace 'This is a powerful and moving book by a rising military historian Lloyd's depiction of the great battles of July November provides compelling vidence of the scale of the.