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The Western Front 1917 - 1918 By Andrew Wiest

The Western Front 1917 - 1918 by Andrew Wiest

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After the first few months of World War I, the Western Front consisted of a relatively static line of trench systems which stretched from the coast of the North Sea southwards to the Swiss border.

The Western Front 1917 - 1918 Summary

The Western Front 1917 - 1918: From Vimy Ridge to Amiens and the Armistice by Andrew Wiest

After the first few months of World War I, the Western Front consisted of a relatively static line of trench systems which stretched from the coast of the North Sea southwards to the Swiss border. To try to break through the opposing lines of trenches and barbed wire entanglements, both sides employed huge artillery bombardments followed by attacks by tens of thousands of soldiers. Battles could last for months and led to casualties measured in hundreds of thousands for attacker and defender alike. After most of these attacks, only a short section of the front would have moved and only by a kilometer or two. After Gallipoli, Australians were moved to fight in France on the western Front, in battles including the Battle of the Somme. On the first day of the 1916 Battle of the Somme, 60,000 Allies were casualties, including 20,000 deaths. The principal adversaries on the Western Front, who fielded armies of millions of men, were Germany to the East against a western alliance to the West consisting of France and the United Kingdom with sizeable contingents from the British Empire, especially the Dominions. The United States entered the war in 1917 and by the summer of 1918 had an army of around half a million men which rose to a million by the time the Armistice was signed on November 11, 1918. For most of World War I, Allied Forces, predominantly those of France and the British Empire, were stalled at trenches on the Western Front. With the last few men who served in World War I now dying out, and the 90th anniversary of the Armistice coming in November 2008, there is no better time to revaluate this controversial war and shed fresh light on the conflict. With the aid of numerous black and white and colour photographs, many previously unpublished, the World War I series recreates the battles and campaigns that raged across the surface of the globe, on land, at sea and in the air. The text is complemented by full-colour maps that guide the reader through specific actions and campaigns.

The Western Front 1917 - 1918 Reviews

'one of a series of authoritatively written books... This volume does a fine job of explaining a complex situation in a readable manner with the help of 20 full-colour maps, plus numerous photographs and artwork illustrating the participants and their equipment.' * Classic Military Vehicle *

About Andrew Wiest

Andrew Wiest is a Professor of History at the University of Southern Mississippi and serves as Director of the Vietnam Studies Program and co-director of the university's Center for the Study of War and Society. He is author of Campaigns of World War II: The Pacific War, and co-author of Passchendaele and the Royal Navy, The Illustrated History of the Vietnam War and Strategy and Tactics: Infantry Warfare.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Pause for Breath Nivelle's Folly Mutiny and Messines Passchendaele Cambrai and the Americans The Spring Offensives The Hundred Days The Armistice Further Reading Index

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GOR008678338
9781906626020
1906626022
The Western Front 1917 - 1918: From Vimy Ridge to Amiens and the Armistice by Andrew Wiest
Used - Like New
Hardback
Amber Books Ltd
2008-12-15
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