It was the first day of what the Germans called the Kaiserschlacht (_the Kaiser_s Battle_), the series of attacks that were intended to break the deadlock on the Western Front, knock the British Army out of the war, and finally bring ...
Author: Martin Middlebrook
Publisher: Pen and Sword
At 9.30am on 21 March 1918, the last great battle of the First World War commenced when three German armies struck a massive blow against the weak divisions of the British Third and Fifth Armies. It was the first day of what the Germans called the Kaiserschlacht (the Kaisers Battle), the series of attacks that were intended to break the deadlock on the Western Front, knock the British Army out of the war, and finally bring victory to Germany. In the event the cost of the gamble was so heavy that once the assault faltered, it remained for the Allies to push the exhausted German armies back and the War was at last over. Critics accounts: The clever blending of written and oral accounts from some 650 surviving British and German soldiers makes the book an extremely convincing reconstruction. SUNDAY TIMES Mr Middlebrooks industry and patience are displayed in his amazing collection of eyewitness accounts, the compassion in his commentary, the good sense in his analysis DAILY TELEGRAPH
Although the Kaiser had retired to Homburg at the end of January , and refused to
move for six weeks to the disgust of his ... This caused the Kölnische Zeitung to
refer to “ the Kaiser's Battle , ” which upset the Emperor for he protested to Herr ...
Author: Virginia Cowles
Biografie van Wilhelm II (keizer van Duitsland ; 1859-1941).
This ground-breaking work is illustrated with over 300 mostly unseen wartime photographs and other images, recording the German experience of the war in human detail and giving a rounded picture of how the Saxons lived and died in Flanders.
Author: Andrew Lucas
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Personal accounts of the Great War experiences of British soldiers are well known and plentiful, but similar accounts from the German side of no man's land are rare. This highly original book vividly describes the wartime lives and ultimate fates of ten Saxon soldiers facing the British in Flanders, revealed through their intimate diaries and correspondence. The stories of these men, from front-line trench fighters to a brigade commander, are in turn used to illustrate the wider story of thousands more who fought and died in Flanders 'for King and Country, Kaiser and Reich' with the Royal Saxon Army. This ground-breaking work is illustrated with over 300 mostly unseen wartime photographs and other images, recording the German experience of the war in human detail and giving a rounded picture of how the Saxons lived and died in Flanders.
William H. Kautt, The Anglo-Irish War, 1916–1921: A People's War (Westport,
Conn., and London, 1999). ... Watson, Ring of Steel, 519f.; Martin Middlebrook,
The Kaiser's Battle: The First Day of the German Spring Offensive (London, 1978)
Author: Robert Gerwarth
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
The German Revolution of November 1918 is nowadays largely forgotten outside Germany. It is generally regarded as a failure even by those who have heard of it, a missed opportunity which paved the way for the rise of the Nazis and the catastrophe to come. Robert Gerwarth argues here that to view the German Revolution in this way is a serious misjudgement. Not only did it bring down the authoritarian monarchy of the Hohenzollern, it also brought into being the first ever German democracy in an amazingly bloodless way. Focusing on the dramatic events between the last months of the First World War in 1918 and Hitler's Munich Putsch of 1923, Robert Gerwarth illuminates the fundamental and deep-seated ways in which the November Revolution changed Germany. In doing so, he reminds us that, while it is easy with the benefit of hindsight to write off the 1918 Revolution as a 'failure', this failure was not somehow pre-ordained. In 1918, the fate of the German Revolution remained very much an open book.
... the "Kaiser's battle," was based not only upon the possession of greater
numbers, but also upon the introduction of new methods of fighting which would
overcome the old trench warfare. The new methods comprised three principal
Author: Albert E. McKinley
Publisher: Good Press
"A School History of the Great War" by Albert E. McKinley, Charles Augustin Coulomb, Armand Jacques Gerson. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.
5 The Great Kaiser Born in 1797, Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse ascended the
throne of Prussia in 1861. In that year — his 64th — and until his death early in
1888, the Kartisitschenprinzl ruled the House of Hohenzollern and over an ever
Author: William Lowell Putnam
Publisher: Light Technology Publishing
Germany's merchant marine fleet -- the second largest in the world prior to 1914 -- played an unintended but decisive role in that nation's defeat in World War I. There were those ships that went to war for the Kaiser on the high seas, those that stayed at home or otherwise played no significant part, and those that were commandeered (mostly in 1917 and by the United States) and used against Germany. This is a well illustrated history, both practical and romantic, of the association each ship may have had with famous people and events of the war, and of the fates of the ships that comprised that fleet.
Westmann's insights into the social, political, religious, economic and medical aspects of war time life are particularly revealing.??The text is enhanced by contemporary photographs.
Author: Stephen Kurt Westmann
Publisher: Pen and Sword
The Author gave up his medical studies at Freiburg University in 1914 to enlist in the German Army. He was soon involved in bloody hand-to-hand fighting against the French before moving to the Russian front.??Promoted to medical officer, despite being unqualified and barely into his twenties he is given command of an ambulance train on the Western Front. He treats and operates on wounded of all nationalities and ranks and rescues British and German soldiers after gas attacks on the trenches of the Somme. As medical officer to the German Air Force (von Richthofen Circus) Westmann sees the dangers and effects of aerial combat at first hand. He witnesses the British tank attacks at Cambrai.??His writing graphically illustrates life and death in the front line, the carnage and humour that sustained soldiers of all nationalities. Westmann's insights into the social, political, religious, economic and medical aspects of war time life are particularly revealing.??The text is enhanced by contemporary photographs.
The Imperial Navy had to wage a war against British commerce in the tradition of
the French Young School or acquire control of ... In this case , however , the
opposing strategic camps never truly did battle à la Gemzell because personal
Author: Gary E. Weir
Publisher: Naval Inst Press
On the 60-year arms race with the Royal Navy, the armaments industry (that outdid the Brits in most regards), the politics and policies. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
In 1913 Julius Koettgen, a pacifist and a socialist, was drafted into the ranks of sapper battalion No. 30.
Author: Julius Koettgen
Publisher: Pen and Sword
In 1913 Julius Koettgen, a pacifist and a socialist, was drafted into the ranks of sapper battalion No. 30. He dutifully fought in the ranks of the Kaiser's armies during 1914 and 1915 and saw action in France and Belgium where he describes the terrible events which were to become known as 'the rape of Belgium' and also details the extent of the fighting including being forced to form part of a firing squad, crossing the Meuse under heavy fire, using corpses as road building materials annihilating a cavalry charge hand to hand bayonet fighting, and the awful events of the disastrous German retreat from the Marne. rnrnWith the onset of trench warfare Koettgen also experienced the horrors of trench warfare and the famous Christmas truce of 1914. In 1915 he decided that enough was enough and escaped military life by deserting the colours and slipping through the lines to neutral Holland. His was memoirs were published by a gleeful allied press under the title 'A German Deserter's War Experience'.rnrnThis English translation, edited and introduced Emmy AwardTM winning historian Bob Carruthers provides a rare primary source insight into the German side during the crucial opening battles of the war and is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the Great War from the German perspective.