The Outlaw and the Upstart King fThis is a sobering book and not an easy one to digest An observation in the book states that despite 4 years of war the participants still couldn tigure out how to stop the movement to battle Here we ollow French British American and German troops as they ight and die minutes before the cease Standing By: The Making of an American Military Family in a Time of War fire at 1100 AM 11111918 and some even after the official end Seldom will youind a blatant example of the madness and waste of war The book jumps between the last day of the war and various times earlier in the conflict all the way back to the start To ully appreciate it you should have a basic amiliarity with the major phases and battles rom beginning to end The craziness of attacking German machine gun positions at 1040 AM is contrasted with earlier battles Here is a raw view of the battles around Verdunview spoiler GENERALS DEALT WITH war at the wholesale level but troops ought it retail as Ren Naegelen again discovered The ighting ebbed and lowed over the same exhausted ground The village of Fleury was lost retaken and lost again sixteen times in Speak Through the Wind four months Fort Vaux changed hands thirteen times in one month with men dyingor ground that would not matter a half hour later Fighting underground was as Stories for a Teen's Heart fierce as that above as both sides honeycombed the surrounding hills with tunnels too lowor a grown man to stand in The oes encountered each other like burrowing animals clashing with rifles grenades even machine guns their bullets ricocheting off stone walls tipping end over end causing horrendous wounds The miasma of gunpowder umes and dust in these airless spaces elled men by asphyxiation The concussive orce of grenades rattled men s brains to the point of madnessNaegelen thought he had gone insane He had huddled in a shell hole in ront of Fort Vaux with two mates when a shell exploded above them lifting Naegelen rom the ground then slamming him back to earth He cautiously moved his arms and legs Nothing he concluded with relief My two riends however lying one upon the other were bleeding Both bodies were torn open and one man unbuttoned his trousers and died urinating on the gaping wound of his comrade Amid the madness Naegelen recalled thinking I was twenty and I had never embraced a woman I had never elt her warm naked skin against my eager body I thought I would die on the very threshold of my wretched life hide spoiler 11th Month 11th Day 11th Hour by Joseph Persico is an interesting and captivating book covering not only the The Best Canadian Animal Stories: Classic Tales by Master Storytellers final moments of the Great War but also offering a general history of the warrom its beginning in 1914 The author The Vagabonds follows a number of characters great and small throughout the narrative Weollow the paths and The Gilgul of Park Avenue finalate of a number of soldiers The Last of the Renshai from America Britain France and Germany We also get glimpses of those who control their destiny Foch Haig Hindenburg and Pershing The story is well told and you llind yourself Even Eagles Need a Push: Learning to Soar in a Changing World following the lives of these men and women intensely mostly with the knowledge of what is to come but still drawn into theinal agonising moments before the end The book can jump about a little rom 1914 to 1918 as mentioned by previous reviewers however I did not ind that this detracted rom the story and elt it worked well enough The book has received a At Sixes and Sevens few negative reviews in my country Australia mainlyor the The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole fact that the author tends to miss the other allies Australia New Zealand who wereighting along side the Americans The Australian Imperial Force AIF served rom 1915 to who were ighting along side the Americans The Australian Imperial Force AIF
SERVED FROM 1915 TO ON THE WESTERN FRONT AND from 1915 to on the Western Front and a whole suffered a casualty rate of 65% the highest of any Allied army in WW1 However I can see that this book has been written mainly or an American audience and I think it has done well The author s intent to show the terribly tragedy of that Sarah Binks final day the waste of soldiers lives by Generals in an attempt to comply with criminal inept and stupid ordersrom higher up comes through strongly Regardless of which nation those soldiers served it s a well told story and one that needed to be told I have read a uite a number of books on the Great War but this is one of the irst to bring home the utility of some of the actions carried out by supposedly intelligent leaders commanders I hope that we never Too Many Puppies! forget the sacrifice made by all the combatants willing or not in this most terrible War 11th Month 11th Day 11th Hour is a book that both engages andrustrates at the same time Considering the book s title as well as its subtitle Armistice Day 1918 I began reading this book thinking that Joseph Persico was going to do an in depth look at the The Wanderers final day ofighting in World War I However this is not necessarily the case because if you ll notice there s a second subtitle to the book World War I and It s Violent Climax Persico starts off by The Last Dickens focusing on individuals on both sides of the trenches as theinal hour of the war approaches Yet he continually jumps back into time to give a general history of the Western Front then switches to an American based history once the US enters the war in 1917 He constantly goes back and Standing for Something: 10 Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes forth in his narrative introducing a plethora of individuals at various stages of the war After a while it gets hard to remember who is who and a lot of page shuffling ensues When heinally does get down the Takedown: The Fall of the Last Mafia Empire final hours of the war he seems to speed up the pace of the book so that the actual events of Nov 11 get a less than satisfactory overview All of this detractsrom otherwise is a decent book that explores the lives of the men in the trenches and the utterly horrific conditions they endured or our years He also does a good job of revealing the pointless deaths of thousands of men in the inal hours of the war when both sides
Knew The End Was the end was yet the Allied officers continued to press on with their attacks 111111 is worth reading or the human ace it puts on the First World War but be warned if you like. St World War I and Its Violent ClimaxNovember 11 1918 The inal hours pulsate with tension as every man in the trenches hopes to escape the melancholy distinction of being the last to die in World War I The Allied generals knew the ighting would end precisely at 1100 AM yet in the inal hours they lung men against an already beaten Germany The result Eleven thousand casualties suf.
Joseph E. Persico ↠ 8 Free downloadHe Last Day of World War One presented by Michael Palin I was absolutely stunned by the extent of ighting that went on during the morning of 11 November 1918 and by the officers who ordered attacks even when they knew the Armistice had been signed Joseph Persico had been one of the historians who The Pocket Mommy featured in the documentary and that was one of the reasons I wanted to read thisThe book wasn t entirely what I had expected I had thought it would concentrate on the lastew days of the War but much of the book is taken up with a basic history of the conflict starting all the way back at the assassination of Franz Ferdinand I would say that as a history of WWI it s very basic From 1918 onwards the book becomes a history of the AEF rather than a history of the war as a whole Actually or me this section was uite informative as I hadn t previously read much about the AEF in 1918 The author tries to tell the story rom the perspective of the ordinary soldier though at the same time he is partial to As If Being 12 3/4 Isnt Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President! focusing on participants who becameamous in later years such as Adolf Hitler Harry Truman and Douglas MacArthurThe book is at its best when it concentrates on the violent and tragic last day The author creates the impression that on the Allied side it was the Americans who did most though not all of the As If Being 12 3/4 Isn't Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President! fighting on 11 November The TV documentary I mention above suggested the same thing This may have derivedrom the Stickman Odyssey, Book 2: The Wrath of Zozimos fact that Gen Pershing had been strongly against the idea of accepting the German reuestor an Armistice arguing that the German Army should have been The Last of the Tribe forced to surrender Pershing believed that allowing the German Army to march home in good order would allow Germany to claim it had not really been defeated and the author uotes Pershing as saying What I dread is that Germany doesn t know she was licked Had they given us another week we d have taught them Frustrated in his aim Pershing thought the AEF should press home attacks on 11th November to give Germany a message about the power of the US ArmySubseuent events provide strong evidence that Pershing was right about the effect of the Armistice but it s hard to see how he thought aew hours of ighting on 11th November would stay in the German memory longer than the 4 years of slaughter that had gone beforehand A lot of American lives were lost as a result of the decision to launch utile attacks after the Armistice had been signed and one subordinate commander Gen William M Wright launched an assault on the town of Stenay with a justification that bordered on lunacy The British High Command also ordered an attack on the Belgian town of Mons The Book of Air for the purely symbolic reason that it was where the BEF hadirst encountered the German Army in 1914The point has been made of course that deaths which occurred on 11 November 1918 were no or less tragic than any other deaths during the war but there does seem to be something particularly poignant about those killed in the last ew minutes sent against an enemy who had already acknowledged defeat From the author s introduction My purpose here is not to offer still another history of the war though I ollow its progression rom 1914 to 1918 I am also impatient with presentations of mankind s most violent behavior as if it were a map exercise with Jones rolling up Smith s lank while the 104th supports a strategic withdrawal by the 105th And while the role of The Seduction of Miranda Prosper field marshals and generals is necessarily portrayed the true protagonists of this story are the men in the trenchesor whom what in the map rooms looked like a chess match became transmuted into titanic violations of The Warrior Princess of Pennyroyal Academy flesh and blood The reason I have written an account anchored to the last day of World War I is that the carnage that went on up to theinal minute so perfectly captures the essential utility of the entir This is such a well documented book offering not only to give an insight on what on the 11th November but also throughout the 4 gruesome years of the war If there s one thing I could reproach it it d just be Persico s overlook of other nation s role in this war He ocuses mainly on Germany England France and the US We re given a brief overview of Russia Serbia Austria and Turkey s respective roles in the war India was then under the British colony which meant that 16 of the British army were Indians He ails to mention their role in the war All in all however this book is a detailed account of what happened of what was lost and what
was gained in short nothing Persico does a great in explaining the strategies and the utility of thegained in short nothing Persico does a great job explaining the strategies and the Elizabeth I futility of the He brings emotionsrom the past letters of soldiers to their amiliesIf I had to describe WW1 in one word after reading this book utile What an eye opener Going into this book I didn t have much of an appreciation Theres Always a Trail / Home in the Valley for WWI the events of the war or its legacy WWI blows my mind in scale depravity human loss and the absurdity of it all Over 10 million men lost their lives in the war Another 30 million wounded or missing This book takes scores of personal storiesrom the men lives in the war Another 30 million wounded or missing This book takes scores of personal stories rom the men lived the war in the trenches and battlefields and puts them in the larger perspective By the end you have the picture of a war started by a political assassination blown out of proportion by ill conceived regional alliances propagated by ambition retribution and hate espoused by generals and other decision makers and inally a war ended by an armistice to stop the slaughter In particular this book makes the point that even though the allied generals had confirmation of the pending armistice they STILL pushed the war machine orward to the very last minute In other words even knowing that they had essentially won the war they nonetheless continued sending thousands of young men to their deaths on the battlefield And why Pride To punish those Germans It was insanity It was criminal It makes or sad commentary on the human race. Inly though he The Everyman Book of Nonsense Verse follows ordinary soldiers' lives illuminating theirate as the end approaches Persico sets the last day of the war in historic context with a reprise of all that led up to it rom the 1914 assassination of the Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand which ignited the war to the raw racism black doughboys endured except when ordered to advance and die in the war's inal hou. ,
Your histories to start at point A and end neatly at point Z this probably isn t the book Ten Years Beyond Baker Street: for you The mark of a great book is when the contents of it bother you so much you toss and turn at night and you call yourriends and amily members and share the gripping details of the book The Eleventh Month Eleventh Day Eleventh Hour is such a bookThey say that it would take something like a week and a half or the war dead on the Western Front to parade past you if marching The Essential Library for New Moms 4-Book Bundle: Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child; The Baby Food Bible; Infant Massage; Colic Solved four abreast For every one British soldier killed in WWII three were killed in WWI It was mass slaughter on a scale that no one had ever seen before so great that this was coined the war to end all wars But as the author said only those killed in the war have seen the last war Why was it necessaryor the Allies to plan a last minute offensive on the morning of the last day of the war when both sides knew that an Armistice was to go into effect at 11 AM So that some General officer sitting in a map room could run the British Cavalry triumphantly down the streets of Mons on the last morning of the war I was sickened by the The Triangle of Truth: The Surprisingly Simple Secret to Resolving Conflicts Largeand Small fact that Canadian soldiersound veterans of irst Mons among the dead on that last needless charge At least several AEF Divisional commanders thought that this was ludicrous and ound ways to protect their men the last morning Still men were killed on the last morning of WWI than were killed on D Day of WWII Eight years after the war s end BEF Field Marshal Douglas Haig wrote a book or article about horse cavalry being the deciding actor in the next war I think this says all that you need to know about Field Marshal Haig What happened on the last morning of WWI was criminal I vividly remember reading The Donkeys by Alan Clarke the title comes rom the phrase lions led by donkeys many years ago that described the total incompetence of the British Expeditionary Force generals in WW I They were completely unable to adapt to new technologies and insisted on ighting with tactics of previous wars Joseph Persico doesn t let them off lightly either although that s not his primary mission The Eleventh Month Eleventh Day refers to the time and date of the eventual Armistice He jumps back and orth between the Armistice and the deeds that lead up to it a process I The Wrong Side of the Bed found somewhat disconcerting atirstGeneral Douglas Haig a master at manipulating his social contacts eventually rose to the top slimy oil usually does even though he The Alvin Ho Super Collection: Books 1-4 failed the entrance exams to the British Staff College usually a prereuisiteor command He also had no regard کاروان امید for the machine gun unremarkable weapon that was to revolutionize the battlefield and kill virtually an entire male generation In one battle it cost the deaths of 9 men per yard gained and in most cases that same piece of ground was traded back within aew days Apparently there is a new book out that attempts to resurrect Haig s reputation but I have not read itLest anyone doubt the power of the cast system Stephen Budiansky in Battle of Wits The Complete Story of Codebreaking in World War II remarks on Robert Graves entrance into the Royal Welsh Fusiliers whose members were expected to have a private income in order to play polo and hunt and keep up the social reputation of that regiment For those odd cases in which the rules were waived as in Graves situation they were always referred to as warts and which the rules were waived as in Graves situation they were always referred to as warts and informed that they could not expect to receive a medal کاروان امید: سرگذشت تری فاکس for anyeats on the battlefield The donkeys were a major part of the caste systemPersico uses the last minutes of the war multiple examples of the ending of All uiet minutes of the war multiple examples of the ending of All uiet the Western Front great book as a
to reflect on events leading to the last minutes of the war Ironically often the decision when to uit The Cat Who Sang for the Birds (Cat Who... fighting was left up to individual unit commanders and even though they knew the armistice had been signed and exactly when it was to take effect some decided to continueighting until the absolute last minute Some nifty uotes Douglas MacArthur was an infantry officer known Tempting Faith Di Napoli for his bravado and reluctance to stay in proper uniform When asked why he adopted this behavior he replied It s the orders you disobey that make youamous I wonder if Harry Truman was aware of that proclivity Several reviewers have complained the book wasn t kind enough to the generals nor supportive enough of the war in general Tough shit Some 6500 allied soldiers died in the six hours between signing the armistice and 1100 when it was to take effect That s appalling Other reviewers complain it s too elementary or not comprehensive etc NonsenseAfter reading WW I books one is often left with a huge uestion mark just what did the millions of deaths accomplish other than to set the stage or Hitler and the next big one It was cousins ighting each other King George Tsar Nicholas and Kaiser Wilhelm were all grandchildren of ueen Victoria over diplomatic slights and tensions that had been brewing The Southern Belles of Honeysuckle Way for the previousour decades leading to misperceptions and a continuing battle between those who wanted to whip up a nationalist renzy and imperialists One can only have wished the amily might have slugged it out in the backyard somewhere rather than by killing off almost an entire generation of menPersico has done a marvelous job of integrating individual stories with their context in the larger scheme of things It s very readable and And the peace barely lasted a generation before The Confident Woman: How to Take Charge and Recharge Your Life falling apart What a bookIt s a very touching and intimate look at the last day of theirst world war and the time leading up to it But it deals with the men at the ront and not the well known leaders ar away rom the ightingThe book really makes you wonder what it was all about and especially why so many men died after the war had in theory already endedAnyone interested in history and the great war should read it About 10 years ago I watched a TV documentary called Fered than during the D Day invasion of Normandy Why Allied commanders wanted to punish the enemy to the very last moment and career officers saw a ast ading chance The Way of Women for glory and promotion Joseph E Persico puts the reader in the trenches with theorgotten and the amous among the latter Corporal Adolf Hitler Captain Harry Truman and Colonels Douglas MacArthur and George Patton Ma. .SPRINGBOARD TO REFLECT ON EVENTS LEADING