That said, the book is a fairly comprehensive survey of the First World War. May need free signup required to download or reading online book. They are stuck in a world where even in 1918 Germany is still trying to win with the Americans just coming on the scene and the British becoming hardened students of war. This way he gives a comprehensive picture of the war, describing in detail the major battles that shaped the final result, interfering in these exciting descriptions excerpts from the narratives of those who participated, giving us a complete picture of these battles. Hart does not duck some of the wider issues that are raised by the war. Like I said, he cuts to the chase. Every review provides useful information in one degree or another, with a well-written review such as yours leaving the reader in little doubt as to whether the book is worth the cost of adding it to their particular library.
I expect no commission or fee. After all arguably no other war as much radical change as the great War from the widespread use of chemical weapons, airplanes, trench warfare, machine guns and armor to name a few. I would also give an insane amount of credit, as Hart does, to the British. By Ross Also by Peter Hart Fire and Movement Author: Hart Peter Fire and Movement offers a fresh look at the first months of the Great War. We do not store files, because it is prohibited. Review by Carl Caton Watermark Bestsellers Week of March 17, 2019 1. But, for folk wanting perhaps a first book on the war, there's much to find here, in this modern interpretation of events.
In the Great War, for the first time, warfare ceased to consist of armies hunting for each other across the landscape and meeting in brief, decisive battles; now continuous lines stretched from the Channel to the Alps, from the Alps to the Adriatic. Meanwhile, back on the Western Front, was the real enemy: the German Empire. The Great War: 1914-1918 p. Hart is good at analyzing strategic decisions and strengths and weaknesses of the combatants. The French bore the brunt of the Allied effort for much of the war, and even before 1916, the year of Verdun and the Somme, had lost some 500,000 dead, or three-quarters of the British total for the whole conflict. At sea Jellicoe was facing the High Seas Fleet which could pick its moment to contest the ultimate control of the seas.
Focusing on the decisive engagements, Hart explores the immense challenges faced by the commanders on all sides. In the main, these opinions hark back to the way the men of 1914-1918 saw the war — necessary, hard fought, bloody, wasteful and with respect for their leadership — rather than that of the revisionist school — of blunder, of lions led by donkeys and of futility — which later emerged and has become so entrenched. Really brings to fruition the horror of a war which, in a lot of ways, was worse than the second. Looking forward to reading this one. John Horne is professor of modern European history and founding director of the Centre for War Studies at Trinity College Dublin.
Having established the strength of the belligerents and their geo-political motivations, Hart moves back and forth between the western and eastern fronts, taking time to describe the war at sea and the campaigns in Gallipoli, Salonika, Mesopotamia, Italy and Palestine. The victory parades took place in London and Paris, not on the Unter den Linden. Attendees at Western Front Association and Great War Forum conferences will also know him as an entertaining, knowledgeable speaker who is not afraid to voice his opinions. When we took Harry Patch and his chums back in to our hearts for that brief moment we were righting a terrible wrong and perhaps the one good thing to come from the centenary will be that we reverse all that for good. Quando lavora, però, lo fa eccezionalmente bene.
Hi, Delighted to see so many of the glitterati taking an interest in my new book, although surprised to see so many attacks on the reviewing style of a relatively new member to the Great War Forum. This is the 2nd total overview of the war the other was John Keegan's I've read. The Great War: A Combat History of the First World War by Peter Hart is exactly what the title indicates, it is a combat history of the war. This goes a long way to explain how it was that with surrenders occurring on a vast scale all along the Western Front, those Germans who fought on nevertheless continued to inflict huge numbers of casualties right up until 11 November, a day when there were no fewer than 11,000 Allied casualties, almost 3,000 of them killed in action. The Salonika Front in Greek Macedonia was comparatively less bloody, but no less foolish: more than 160,000 British troops caught malaria while idling in a campaign that, as Hart writes, achieved little that would not have come from victory on the Western Front.
. The book scarcely needs reviewing. Looking forward to it's arrival. These quotes range in source from the most junior soldiers to the most senior generals. Hart grew up in and. Il bilancio finale della Grande Guerra, è un teatrino di vinti e vincitori, in cui si è tentato di far valere la ragione sulla distruzione della guerra, quando in realtà Inghilterra e Francia hanno colto l'occasione per eliminare una rivale nel mondo, gettando i semi futuri per la Seconda guerra mondiale.
It is a one-volume campaign history of World War I. Russia, for example, was obsessed with securing an exit from the Black Sea, while France—having lost to Prussia in 1871, before Germany united—constructed a network of defensive alliances, even as it held a grudge over the loss of Alsace-Lorraine. Un quadro del primo conflitto mondiale redatto per date e scenari principali fronte occidentale, orientale, campagne in Asia Minore, la guerra navale, il fronte italiano. No hints, no flannel - just say what you mean! As a result, it was weaker militarily than it might have been. As an acknowledged master of the genre, he once more displays great skill in choosing and placing in context witness statements that illustrate and expand on the points he is highlighting. The frustration of so many in military leadership, like British General Haig, for instance, at the unrealistic expectations that the politicians and general public back home had of the war is clear. Hart does an exceptional job explaining how hard it is for the Allies and Central Powers to transition from a 19th century style of warfare into the 20th century.
It's understandable therefore that High Command challenges would be considerable in adapting to this. Named one of the Ten Best Books of 2013 by The Economist World War I altered the landscape of the modern world in every conceivable arena. And yes, I am well aware that he will blame me and my fellow proof reader for all grammatical errors spotted! This is the only single volume Great War history you need. Hart offers deft portraits of the commanders, the prewar plans, and the unexpected obstacles and setbacks that upended the initial operations. He shows that there was no easy way to victory for either of the great power blocks, and that the decisions of military commanders were based on the information they had at the time. Peter Hart is Oral Historian of the Imperial War Museum in London.
In writing it I didn't feel under any obligation to avoid criticism, regardless of whether he buys me a pint when I meet him next. It was a war on two fronts between alliances of empires and as they fell aside it came down to who could stand longest and keep punching. World War I altered the landscape of the modern world in every conceivable arena. The defeat at the Somme owes more to German skill in defence than British incompetence in attack. But Hart, the author of many previous military histories, is up to the task. But the Gallipoli Campaign was a serious matter: vital resources had been drawn away from where it really mattered. However I have always found Peters books informative, well written and enjoyable to read.