By S.L.A. Marshall
So starts off Brigadier common S.L.A. Marshall's compelling narrative of the yankee background historical past of global struggle I, a booklet that tells the tale of the nice battle from Sarajevo to Versailles.
Ten million males died; one other 20 million have been wounded. however it used to be now not the numbers on my own that made this the good struggle. The flame thrower, the tank, and poison fuel have been brought. Cavalry turned out of date; air wrestle and submarine conflict got here of age. previous dynasties disintegrated; new countries appeared.
In this ebook, well known army historian Marshall, a global warfare I veteran, describes and analyzes the origins, direction, and quick aftermath of the massive clash. the tale starts off with a glance backward at a complacent international ensnared in a community of alliances. Out of this environment emerged the crafty diplomats and statesmen who maneuvered and blundered their international locations into positions that made the conflict inevitable. as soon as dedicated, the countries of Europe aligned into , effective opposing forces, and went jauntily into battle, each one convinced that the clash will be over ahead of it particularly began.
Marshall follows the personalities, innovations, mistakes, and the unremitting slaughter of the following 4 years. the tale ends with the ill-conceived Treaty of Versailles, which sowed the seeds that may plunge the subsequent iteration into one other global war.
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