Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour
'The futility of war - and the Great War in particular - has often been remarked upon but it was carried to its logical, nonsensical conclusion on 11th November 1918. The prospect of peace appears to have left many with an unendurable sense of unfinished business, causing them to mount attacks even when war's end had been agreed. Almost 3,000 lost their lives in the last few hours before the Armistice: here their tragic story is poignantly told' The Scotsman Using military archives and public records, along with journals and diaries, Joseph Persico weaves together the eleventh hour experiences of the men in the trenches, unsung and unremembered, the British Tommies, French Poilus, American Doughboys and German Feldgrau. Where, for example, was the Austrian corporal, Adolf Hitler, on that day? The pointless fighting on the last day of war is the perfect metaphor for the four years of senseless slaughter that preceded it. This book is sure to become the definitive history of the end of a conflict Winston Churchill called 'the hardest, cruellest, and least-rewarded of all the wars that have been fought.'
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Eleventh month, eleventh day, eleventh hour: Armistice Day, 1918, World War I and its violent climaxUser Review - Book Verdict
In this study of World War I, Persico (Roosevelt's Secret War ) provides a unique focus by considering how decisions made in the final hours of the war affected front-line soldiers. Despite the signed Armistice, fighting continued to the last minute of the last hour of the last day, resulting in the cruel and needless deaths of more men on the final day of the war (November 11, 1918) than would later die on D-day. Persico describes the carnage from the viewpoint of the soldiers, including some of the millions who died, as well as the famous who survived (e.g., Corp. Adolf Hitler, Capt. Harry Truman, and Colonels Douglas MacArthur and George Patton). The intimate portrayal of men striving not to be the last killed enlivens this important addition to the vast literature on World War I. Readers will be captivated by the dramatic depiction of combat and life in the trenches and intrigued by Persico's concise historical analysis of events leading to the war, its key battles, and the political-military decision-making that dragged out the combat to the final bloody minute. Highly recommended for all military collections and larger public libraries.--Dale Farris, Groves, TX
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