With Our Backs to the Wall: Victory and Defeat in 1918

With Our Backs to the Wall: Victory and Defeat in 1918

David Stevenson


With rather a lot at stake and a lot already misplaced, why did international struggle I finish with a whimper-an association among weary competitors to droop hostilities? After greater than 4 years of determined struggling with, with victories occasionally measured in toes and inches, why did the Allies reject the choice of advancing into Germany in 1918 and taking Berlin? such a lot histories of the good struggle specialise in the avoidability of its starting. This booklet brings a laser-like concentration to its ominous end-the Allies' incomplete victory, and the tragic ramifications for global peace simply twenty years later.

within the so much complete account up to now of the conflict's endgame, David Stevenson ways the occasions of 1918 from a very foreign point of view, reading the positions and views of fighters on either side, in addition to the impression of the Russian Revolution. Stevenson will pay shut consciousness to America's attempt in its first twentieth-century battle, together with its naval and armed forces contribution, military recruitment, business mobilization, and home-front politics. along army and political advancements, he provides new information regarding the an important function of economics and logistics.

The Allies' eventual good fortune, Stevenson exhibits, used to be as a result of new organizational tools of handling males and materiel and to elevated strive against effectiveness ensuing in part from technological innovation. those elements, mixed with Germany's disastrous army offensive in spring 1918, ensured an Allied victory-but no longer a conclusive German defeat.

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