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THE WESTERN FRONT.  ORDINARY SOLDIERS AND THE DEFINING BATTLES OF WORLD WAR I., Holmes, Richard.
1 Holmes, Richard. THE WESTERN FRONT. ORDINARY SOLDIERS AND THE DEFINING BATTLES OF WORLD WAR I.
TV Books, New York, 2000. 
224 pp, large 8vo (9 3/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1575001470 B&w photographs, reproductions, maps/battle plans. "The Western Front in World War I was the scene of devastating trench warfare and astonishing human loss: nearly 750,000 soldiers perished in the battles fought in France and Belgium from 1914 to 1918. (This book) traces the path those soldiers took, and presents the political, military, and human dilemmas of a bitter and bloody war. (It) takes us through the major and most costly battles of the Western Front, many of which garnered dubious gains at best, and all of which were won only with great human sacrifice. The first battle of Ypres was not only a scene of heavy Allied losses, but was dubbed by the Germ ans the 'Massacre of the Innocents'; Verdun was a scene of astonishing casualties, where the professed goal of the German commander was to bleed the French forces to death; the fighting in the trenches of the Somme - a battle of attrition tha t l a s t e d six months - proved a turning point for the morale of the British Army and 'the muddy grave of the German field Army, and of the confidence in the infallibility of German leadership'; while the long wearing slog toward Passchendaele w as pa ve d wi th inept leadership and mutinies in the French forces before dreadful conditions simply ground the battle to a halt. Portraying the Western Front in stark and moving terms, Holmes draws not only from current scholarship, but also fr om l ett ers w rit ten by the soldiers and the stories of the survivors themselves." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has minor rubbing, minor edge wrinkling, slight fading to color on spine. Very Good +/V er y Go od 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
LEADERSHIP IN CONFLICT, 1914-1918., Hughes, Matthew & Seligmann, Matthew, Editors (Brian Bond, Peter Simkins, William Philpott, J.M. Bourne, David Jordan, Annika Mombauer, Robert T. Foley, David Woodward, James F. Gentsch, Keith M. Wilson, Denise J. Poynter, Ian F.W. Beckett, Matthew Stibb)
2 Hughes, Matthew & Seligmann, Matthew, Editors (Brian Bond, Peter Simkins, William Philpott, J.M. Bourne, David Jordan, Annika Mombauer, Robert T. Foley, David Woodward, James F. Gentsch, Keith M. Wilson, Denise J. Poynter, Ian F.W. Beckett, Matthew Stibb) LEADERSHIP IN CONFLICT, 1914-1918.
Barnsley, South Yorkshire Leo Cooper 2000 0850527511 / 9780850527513 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good+ 
291 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w illustrations. "(E)xamines the often stormy relationships (of the generals and politicians of the Great War), portraying the decision-making process on both sides. Many of the individuals involved remain household names today over eighty years on: Douglas Haig, Ferdinand Foch, David Lloyd George, Woodrow Wilson and the German Kaiser, Wilhelm II. The results of their endeavours led to the now legendary carnage in Gallipoli, on the Somme, in the mud of Flanders and the frozen heights of the Alps. How did these great men conduct their relationships and decision-making? To answer this, the chapters range widely to look at the Home Front, the Western Front and America at war. They also deal with the role of royalty and sideshows such as Italy, where Britian and France came to the aid of faltering allies. In all of this, defeat or victory would be decided by the most forceful and dynamic leaders willing to listen to and accept the wisest counsel. (This book) brings together the works of distinguished authorities on this ever-fascinating period and adds significantly to our understanding of the often complex relationships at play." Minor browning to edges of textblock, two tiny edge tears with crease at top of page 139/140 - archivally taped. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
BRITISH BUTCHERS AND BUNGLERS OF WORLD WAR ONE., Laffin, John.
3 Laffin, John. BRITISH BUTCHERS AND BUNGLERS OF WORLD WAR ONE.
Godalming Bramley 1998 1841000124 / 9781841000121 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
214 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H). B&w plates, maps/battle plans. "(A) forceful and probing analysis of the British generals' leadership. For too long, Dr John Laffin maintains, the military reputation of the generals has not been critically enough examined, and he asks how those responsible for such catastrophic defeats were able to retain their commands. Haig, whose army suffered 60,000 casualties on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, was still in command after five months more fighting and another 400,000 casualties. By the war's end the number of dead ran into millions - doggedly brave British Empire soldiers who, Dr Laffin believes, were killed, wounded or broken by commanders who were vain, egocentric or incompetent. But the generals, who blamed the dead and junior in rank, cannot be excused on the grounds that there was 'nothing else that they could do'. Een now, seventy years after that 'Great War for Civilization', this book raises questions that are uncomfortable. Dr Laffin draws on the memories and writings of those who took part and quotes the judgements of other military historians to provide a lucid analysis of just what went wrong in the generals' leadership and how it resulted in such appalling and tragic losses - and concludes that they were not merely incompetent but uncaring. Controversial and uncompromising, this intelligent and important book is an invaluable addition to the history of World War I and will be read by all interested in this period of history and its influence on succeeding military campaigns." Small bump at top corner of both boards. Dust jacket has wrinkling at top of flap-folds. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE DEATH OF GLORY: THE WESTERN FRONT 1915., Neillands, Robin.
4 Neillands, Robin. THE DEATH OF GLORY: THE WESTERN FRONT 1915.
London John Murray 2006 0719562449 / 9780719562440 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good+ 
298 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w photographs, maps. "The First World War remains a controversial subject: the bitter reality clouded with damaging and popular myths. Many of these misconceptions relate to the competence of the generals, the events of 1915 and the battles of Neuve Chapelle, Aubers Ridge and Festubert, as well as the larger disasters at Second Ypres - scene of the first gas attack - and, finally, the shambolic Battle of Loos. However, the reality of these battles has been gradually concealed by the allegtion that the men were 'lions led by donkeys', with much of the blame put on the generals. In this well-researched and highly readable book, Robin Neillands reveals the truth behind this fallacy and the events surrounding the battles, and sets them in a wider context. By the start of 1915, a tough year for the British in France, the British Army had only been in action for four months and the burden was shifting to the Territorial Forces - enthusiastic amateurs at best at this time. The battles were either disasters or inconclusive, but the real reason for despair was that this war, entered into for the liberation of Belgium, had lost its moral argument and was now just another bloody, senseless slaughter." Slight cigarette odor, light wrinkling at top of spine, slight browning to edges of text block. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
5 Neillands, Robin. THE GREAT WAR GENERALS ON THE WESTERN FRONT, 1914-18.
London Robinson 1999 1854879006 / 9781854879004 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
549 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w photographs, maps. "(C)hallenges the popular myth about the incompetence and callousness of the Great War generals and examines the events that took place on the Western Front through the eyes of these same officers to explain the circumstances that led them to plan and fight as they did. (Asks) the questions: Why was Britain so unprepared for a European war in 1914?; What role did the British politicians play?; What was the truth behind Anglo-French relations?; Can the Australians and Canadians really take credit for the great victories of the War?; Was the arrival of the American army really decisive?; Was any general really equipped with the knowledge and information to deal with the horrors of trench warfare?; How much of what we now believe about the Great War is true? This thoroughly researched and controversial book shatters many assumptions about the leadership of the Great War and the myth of the Great War generals. It must be read by anyone seeking the real story of the First World War." Tiny bump at corner of boards, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine - tiny tear at top, very slight cigarette odor. Dust jacket has kight to moderate edge wrinkling, soft crease down spine. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 


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