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The Generals’ War [electronic resource] : Operational Level Command on the Western Front in 1918 / Major General David T. Ząbecki ; foreword by General Anthony Zinni.

Author/Creator:
Zabecki, David T., author.
Publication:
Bloomington, Indiana : Indiana University Press, [2018]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (1 PDF (xvii, 404 pages) :) illustrations, color maps, portraits.
Series:
Twentieth-century battles.
Twentieth-century battles
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Subjects:
Military art and science -- History -- 20th century -- Case studies.
Generals -- History -- 20th century.
Command of troops -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns -- Western Front.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Summary:
Known as the war to end all wars and the Great War, World War I was the stage for a new form of mass destruction and violent chemical warfare. When the Bolsheviks pulled Russia out of the war in 1917, the Germans turned their offensive moves to the eastern front in hopes of winning the war in 1918. But as fresh American troops entered the front, the scales tipped against Germany. Some of the most critical factors in the outcome of World War I were decisions made by the key commanders in Germany and in the Ally troops. The General's War explores the military strategies of the most senior generals of the last year of the Great War. These six very different men included Germany's Field Marshals Paul von Hindenburg and General Erich Ludendorff; France's Marshals Ferdinand Foch and Philippe Petain; Great Britain's Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig; and the United States's General John Pershing. Although they may have not been known as great captains at the time, these six men determined how World War I played out on the battlefields of the western front between November 1917 and November 1918. A landmark analysis of the generalship that resulted in a casualty count of one and a quarter million soldiers, The General's War is an intimate look at the senior commanders of the Great War.
Contents:
Generalship in the Great War
Future shock on the 1914-1918 battlefield
The strategic situation at the end of 1917
The commanders in chief
The Yanks are coming
Two conferences in November 1917
The gathering storm
Michael and Georgette : Ludendorff versus Haig
Blücher and Gneisenau : Ludendorff versus Foch and Petain
Operation Marneschutz-Reims and the Second Battle of the Marne : Foch wrests the initiative
Hamel to Mont St. Quentin : Haig assumes the offensive
Closing to the Hindenburg Line : Foch tightens the vise
The allied general offensive : Foch moves in for the kill
Armistice and occupation : 11 November 1918-28 June 1919
The fluctuating verdict of history.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 371-387) and index.
Description based on print version record.
ISBN:
0-253-03782-4
OCLC:
1047635096