No Man's Land 1918 The Last Year of the Great War (E–pub/Kindle) ¸ John Toland
Onstantly going out of his way to portray Haig as eternally patient infinitely wise and tactically brilliant Since no mention is made of Haig s disastrous conduct in the war preceding 1918 readers unfamiliar with the subject will no doubt take Toland s at his word They will walk away from the book thinking Haig a hero Lloyd George an idiot and Marshall Petain a coward This would be most unfortunate since all of those things are untrue All of that being said there are plenty of fascinating anecdotes here about the war s final year and the broad strokes of the events as they unfolded are for the most part accurate Certainly worth a read but only with a healthy dose of skepticism regarding his portrayal of the main players A classic that is showing his age A global account of the final year of the Great War shoudn t diminute Italy plural to a few italic paragraphs Much like Battle of the Bulge it survives as a source of eyewitness accounts Barbara Tuchman s Guns of August is indespensible for understanding the elements that culminated in the outset of The Great War I read No Man s Land to understand how the war ended with that oft misunderstood term an armistice I had thought that WWI was simply a four year stalemate over the same ground It was suprising to learn how close the Germans came to capturing Paris at the end of May and how desperate the French and British were until the Americans arrived It s a good book that can make a nown outcome dramatic The closer it got to November 11th the harder it was to put the book down There were long swathes of grimness Trench warfare and tank warfare are two of the highest species of misery As a afficianado of Anthony Trollope I relished this side note by Lt Patrick Campbell The bombardment had turned him into another person one out of whom all courage had been poured away His fear haunted him and he thought if he had something to do he might forget it Afterward he had read Trollope s Framley Parsonage It was delightful Nothing happens in the book And one day I thought we may return to a life in which nothing ever happens1918 saw the end of three dynastic rulers in Russia Germany and Austria It also brought the influenza pandemic to which people succombed than deaths from all the battles of the Great War The book the writing the choice to which people succombed than deaths from all the battles of the Great War The book the writing the choice stories and narratives all held my interest The descriptions of the end were poignant an orgy of rejoicing in London the silence on the battlefield the bitterness in Berlin In France they celebrated by singing Opera singers sang the three anthems of America Britain and France Choruses and folk songs followed It was a community song festival the like of which no city has ever seen and the like of which may never come againthe singing brought the great and exultant day to a close. Legendary German ace the Red Baron; Operation Michael a punishing German attack in the spring; the Americans' long awaited arrival in June; the murder of Russian Czar Nicholas II and his family the growing fear of a communist menace in the east; and the armistice on November 11 The different points of view of Germans Americans British French and Russians add depth complexity and understanding to the tragedies and triumphs of the War to End All Wars. Through vivid and well documented vignettes from the trenches to cabinet rooms Toland describes the last year of World War I extremely well The military side is interesting but the political sides a shocker For example Col House intimated that the US would withdraw from the war if the other Allies didn t accept the Fourteen Points The maps are great I enjoy reading about military history so I read this in commemoration of the centenary of the end of WWI I hadn t nown much at all about the last year of that war Althoug This book cover the last year of World War I starting with the German 1918 spring offensives It begins with good combat coverage including first hand accounts from participants It is over ambitions in also trying to cover events in Russia and detailed diplomacy there and on the western front Coverage of action on western front becomes much less detailed and then almost non existent as author focuses on diplomacy leading to armistice The book does n WWI was expected by the participants to last approximately a year and was seen as a great adventure The Allies and the Central Powers were each convinced of their military superiority They couldn t have been wrong as the war dragged on for four years in the blood soaked battle of the trenches where millions were illed for the attainment of a few miles or even yards of territory which was promptly lost the next day It was a slaughter that boggles the imagination The author begins this book with the last year It was a slaughter that boggles the imagination The author begins this book with the last year of WWI when the Allies may have been near defeatIt appeared that the only hope was persuading the United States to physically join the war against the Central Powers the US had declared war in April 1917 and bring the resources of men AND MAT RIAL TO THE BATTLE mat rial to the battle follows the negotiations plans and self serving actions of President Woodrow Wilson as well as the battles that continued to rage Maps are includedhooray Wilson believed that his Fourteen Points would secure him a place as one of the greatest leaders in history I don t feel that
author was particularly against Wilson since his facts are based on diaries and letters that clearly define Wilson s position He wanted to be in charge even though the Allies Britain France Italy et al had lost a generation of young men in the first years of the war Toland follows each month of 1918 with clarity and his writing style is smooth and consistent He also gives a few pages explaining the stab in the back theory that eventually led to the rise of Hitler and WWII Highly recommended A very readable account of the last year of the Great War it almost reads like a novel It goes almost day by day giving stories about what trench warfare was like based on experiences told about by survivors Also gives accounts of what the top From freezing infantrymen huddled in bloodied trenches on the front lines to intricate political maneuvering and tense strategy sessions in European capitals noted historian John Toland tells of the unforgettable final year of the First World War As 1918 opened the Allies and Central Powers remained locked in a desperate bloody stalemate despite the deaths of millions of soldiers over the previous three and a half years The arrival of the Americans. ,The Author Was Particularly
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Rass and the politicians were doing and bickering about Toland covers both the Allies the UK France the USA and
Germany The Book Is AtThe book is at best covering the Western Front and events in Russia If you want to Le guide Ornitho know in depth about what was happening elsewhere eg in Italy or the Middle East you will need to read other accounts Likewise to fully understand what happened in 1918 it helps a lot tonow what all had happened since the outbreak of the war in 1914 Toland dissects the final year of World War I and concludes that many lives were unnecessarily wasted on both sides He lays open trench warfare John Toland s books are a safe bet for engaging histories This one covers the last year of the first world war from the perspectives of the major states Germany France Russia the UK and the USA involved and from individuals both in the trenches and in the halls of power I ve read a number of histories dealing with this conflict before but at over six hundred pages devoted to a single year this history has substantially informed even revised my understanding of the war and its conseuencesInsofar as there are weaknesses it is as regards the other players Serbia Turkey Bulgaria Belgium Holland Japan etc They are barely mentioned "and then only tangentially This is neither a perfectly objective nor an exhaustive history If however "then only tangentially This is neither a perfectly objective nor an exhaustive history If however goal is This is neither a perfectly objective nor an exhaustive history If however the goal is as setting the stage for the interwar years and the conflict to follow then the job may be said to have been well doneWhat particularly interested me was first the attention Toland played to events in the Soviet Union both in the west and in the far east and second his treatment of the social revolution in Germany which actually ended the war albeit on less favorable terms than might have been if the revolt had not occurredMy opinions of Foch had been negative before reading this book Now they are positive And while Woodrow Wilson had descended from being in my imagination a hero while I was in high school to a villain since college Toland s treatment of him has given me a greater appreciation of his breadth and complexity There are surprisingly few books available about the last year of WWI and of those Toland s is often touted as the best While it s certainly a valuable account of that critical year purely for the fact that it exists it s far from perfectToland is not the most objective writer and is biased in some strange ways Chief among those is the extremely high regard he has for Douglas Haig who is portrayed throughout as some sort of misunderstood genius whose true potential is held back only by the meddlesome politicians back in London I can think of few British figures as universally maligned as Haig and you d probably have to travel back to the days of King John to find person as widely reviled Yet Toland is Over there by the middle of the year turned the tide of war resulting in an Allied victory in NovemberIn these pages participants on both sides from enlisted men to generals and prime ministers to monarchs vividly recount the battles sensational events and behind the scenes strategies that shaped the climactic terrifying year It's all here the horrific futility of going over the top into a hail of bullets in no man's land; the enigmatic death of the.