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1918 : winning the war, losing the war / Nineteen eighteen : winning the war, losing the war edited by Matthias Strohn ; foreword by General Sir Nicholas Carter. - 304 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits (black and white) ; 25 cm

Includes bibliographical references: (pages 285-292) and index.

"Even after a century, World War I still exerts a strong hold on the consciousness of many nations. 1918 was the final year of the war and in many ways the most dramatic, as the fighting continued with growing intensity and extended range right up to the Armistice. The defeat of Russia in 1917 enabled Germany to move more troops onto the Western Front, and in spring 1918 General Ludendorff launched a series of offensives, beginning with Operation Michael on 21 March. Although this operation achieved impressive tactical gains and the Allies came close to defeat, in the end no strategic victory was achieved. Following the failure of the last German offensive in mid-July, the exhausted German Army began to be depleted by ceaseless Allied counter-attacks, as the armies in the West broke through the German defences, bolstered in numbers by the arrival of the American Expeditionary Forces. On other fronts too, the tide began to turn in the Allies' favour as, one by one, the Central Powers dropped out of the war. Although 1918 saw the end of the conflict, the repercussions continued to be felt across the globe for years to come."--

9781472829337 (hardback) 1472829336 (hardback)


World War, 1914-1918--Campaigns.
World War, 1914-1918.
Military art and science.

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