Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War

Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War

From the acclaimed army historian, a brand new background of the outbreak of global battle I: the dramatic stretch from the breakdown of international relations to the battles—the Marne, Ypres, Tannenberg—that marked the frenzied first 12 months sooner than the struggle slowed down within the trenches.

In Catastrophe 1914, Max Hastings supplies us a clash various from the popular certainly one of barbed twine, dust and futility. He strains the trail to struggle, making transparent why Germany and Austria-Hungary have been basically in charge, and describes the gripping first clashes within the West, the place the French military marched into motion in uniforms of purple and blue with flags flying and bands enjoying. In August, 4 days after the French suffered 27,000 males lifeless overnight, the British fought a rare conserving motion opposed to oncoming Germans, one of many final of its type in heritage. In October, at poor rate the British held the allied line opposed to mammoth German attacks within the first conflict of Ypres. Hastings additionally re-creates the lesser-known battles at the jap entrance, brutal struggles in Serbia, East Prussia and Galicia, the place the Germans, Austrians, Russians and Serbs inflicted 3 million casualties upon each other via Christmas. 

As he has performed in his celebrated, award-winning works on global struggle II, Hastings supplies us frank exams of generals and political leaders and masterly analyses of the political currents that led the continent to conflict. He argues passionately opposed to the rivalry that the struggle was once now not well worth the price, protecting that Germany’s defeat was once important to the liberty of Europe. all through we come across statesmen, generals, peasants, housewives and personal infantrymen of 7 international locations in Hastings’s accustomed mix of top-down and bottom-up money owed: generals dismounting to guide troops in bayonet fees over 1,500 ft of open floor; farmers who before everything decried the requisition in their horses; infantry males engaged in a haggard retreat, snoozing 4 hours an evening of their haste. it is a brilliant new portrait of the way a continent turned embroiled in battle and what came about hundreds of thousands of guys and ladies in a clash that may switch everything.

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