1918: A Very British Victory

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Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2008 - History - 552 pages
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In the spring of 1918 the German army launched a series of devastating offensives against the French and British lines on the Western Front. For four months they threw literally everything they had at the Allies, sending them reeling all the way back to the Marne. But despite the most appalling losses, the British did not break, and when the German advance ran out of steam in the summer, the Allies finally turned the tables on them and began the astonishing advance that would bring an end to the war.
In a conflict known for its static battles, 1918 provided some of the most dramatic, mobile battles of the century. For the Germans this was the last desperate fling of the dice, much like the Ardennes offensive of December 1944. This book captures the desperation of the ordinary British soldiers, fighting with their backs to the wall as they clung on to their fragile lines. Drawing on the dramatic personal accounts of men who were there - both commanders and ordinary soldiers - Peter Hart brings to life the sheer suspense of waiting for the German attack, the desperate turmoil of the retreat, and the nail-biting turning of the tide which brought an end to the war. As a chronicle of the vast offensives of 1918 it is unparalleled in its scope and depth.

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Contents

The Bestlaid Schemes
33
Retreat to the Somme
106
Desperate Measures
141
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Peter Hart is the Oral Historian at the Imperial War Museum, and author of several highly acclaimed books on First World War history.

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