Hundred Days

Hundred Days

The Campaign That Ended World War I

Book - 2014
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Describes the difficult and bloody four-month battle that tipped the stalemate on the Western Front in favor of the Allies in 1918 and drove back the Germans, bringing World War I to an end.
"In the late summer of 1918, after four long years of senseless, stagnant fighting, the Western Front erupted. The bitter four-month struggle that ensued-- known as the Hundred Days Campaign-- saw some of the bloodiest and most ferocious combat of the Great War, as the Allies grimly worked to break the stalemate in the west and end the conflict that had decimated Europe. In Hundred Days, military historian Nick Lloyd leads readers into the endgame of World War I, showing how the timely arrival of American men and materiel-- as well as the bravery of French, British, and Commonwealth soldiers-- helped to turn the tide on the Western Front. Many of these battle-hardened troops had endured years of terror in the trenches, clinging to their resolve through poison-gas attacks and fruitless assaults across no man's land. Finally, in July 1918, they and their American allies did the impossible-- they returned movement to the Western theater. Using surprise attacks, innovative artillery tactics, and swarms of tanks and aircraft, they pushed the Germans out of their trenches and forced them back to their final bastion: the Hindenburg Line, a formidable network of dugouts, barbed wire, and pillboxes. After a massive assault, the Allies broke through, racing toward the Rhine and forcing Kaiser Wilhelm II to sue for peace"-- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York, NY : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2014]
ISBN: 9780465074921
0465074928
Branch Call Number: 940.4 LLOYD
Characteristics: xxxiii, 350 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm

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ArcticAndy
May 16, 2017

Well written account of the last days of WW I with many quotes from letters, diaries and journals from both sides.

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