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1918: The Decisive Year in Soldiers' own Words & Photographs

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  • 1918: The Decisive Year in Soldiers' own Words & Photographs 
    Title: 1918: The Decisive Year in Soldiers' own Words & Photographs
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 01/06/2019
    Imprint: PEN & SWORD
    Price: $40.00
    Publishing status: Active

    1918 proved to be the Allies year of victory, but what a monumental effort it was! From the
    moment Germany launched its all-out Spring offensive to win the war, British and Empire troops
    fought a tenacious and often last-ditch rearguard action. The Germans gambled with their best,
    battle-hardened men in one desperate offensive after another, searching for a decisive
    breakthrough that never came. In those dark days of March, April and May 1918, Allied troops
    were tested as never before, their morale placed under microscopic scrutiny, their will to win
    examined and re-examined. Once again, the soldiers tell their story, giving their own perceptive
    thoughts and profoundly moving insights while never forgetting the humour that helped them
    survive. And when the tables were turned in August, there began a campaign that would throw
    the enemy across the old ruptured battlefields of 1916 and 1917 and beyond, into open
    untouched countryside in the full bloom of summer. It took a hundred days of relentless fighting
    to reach Mons, the Belgian town where it had all started four years before. A century on,
    best-selling First World War historian Richard van Emden builds on the success of his previous
    books, The Somme and The Road to Passchendaele, with this next volume including an
    extraordinary collection of soldiers photographs taken on their illegally-held cameras. Utilising an
    unparalleled collection of memoirs, diaries and letters written by the men who fought, Richard
    tells the riveting story of 1918, when decisive victory was grasped from near catastrophe.

    150 colour images

    ISBN: 9781526752321
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