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1918 : winning the war, losing the war / edited by Matthias Strohn ; foreword by General Sir Nicholas Carter.

Contributor(s): Strohn, Matthias, 1976- [editor.] | Carter, Nicholas [author of introduction, etc.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, New York : Osprey Publishing, 2018Copyright date: ©2018Description: 304 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits (black and white) ; 25 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781472829337 (hardback); 1472829336 (hardback).Other title: Nineteen eighteen : winning the war, losing the war.Subject(s): World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns | World War, 1914-1918 | Military art and scienceDDC classification: 940.434 Summary: "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."--
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

In 2018, the world will be commemorating the centenary of World War I. In many ways, 1918 was the most dramatic year of the conflict. After the defeat of Russia in 1917, the Germans were able to concentrate their forces on the Western Front for the first time in the war, and the German offensives launched from March 1918 onward brought the Western Allies close to defeat. Having stopped the German offensives, the Entente started its counter-attacks on all fronts with the assistance of fresh UStroops, driving the Germans back and, by November 1918, the Central Powers had been defeated.

This new study will be a multi-author work containing ten chapters by some of the best historians of World War I from around the world writing today. It will provide an overview and analysis of the different levels of war for each of the main armies involved within the changing context of the reality of warfare in 1918. It will also look in detail at the war at sea and in the air, and consider the aftermath and legacy of World War I.

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."--

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Contributors (p. 9)
  • Foreword (p. 15)
  • Chapter 1 Introduction (p. 22)
  • 1918: the final year of World War I and its long shadow in history Dr Matthias Strohn
  • Chapter 2 The German Army in 1918 (p. 38)
  • Chapter 3 The French Army in 1918 (p. 69)
  • Chapter 4 The British Army in 1918 (p. 97)
  • Chapter 5 The US Army in 1918 (p. 128)
  • Chapter 6 The Forgotten Fronts in Europe (p. 156)
  • Russia, Italy, and the Balkans in 1918
  • Chapter 7 The War Outside of Europe (p. 176)
  • Chapter 8 The Great War at Sea in 1918 (p. 197)
  • The role of sea power in achieving victory
  • Chapter 9 The Air Campaign of 1918 (p. 215)
  • Chapter 10 Learning from 1918 on the Western Front (p. 237)
  • Endnotes (p. 259)
  • Select Bibliography (p. 285)
  • Glossary and Abbreviations (p. 293)
  • Index (p. 295)