By S.L.A. Marshall
So starts off Brigadier common S.L.A. Marshall's compelling narrative of the yankee background heritage of worldwide conflict I, a ebook that tells the tale of the nice conflict from Sarajevo to Versailles.
Ten million males died; one other 20 million have been wounded. however it was once now not the numbers on my own that made this the nice struggle. The flame thrower, the tank, and poison gasoline have been brought. Cavalry turned out of date; air wrestle and submarine battle got here of age. outdated dynasties disintegrated; new international locations appeared.
In this booklet, well known army historian Marshall, an international struggle I veteran, describes and analyzes the origins, path, and instant aftermath of the enormous clash. the tale starts with a glance backward at a complacent global ensnared in a community of alliances. Out of this environment emerged the crafty diplomats and statesmen who maneuvered and blundered their international locations into positions that made the warfare inevitable. as soon as dedicated, the countries of Europe aligned into , potent opposing forces, and went jauntily into battle, each one convinced that the clash will be over earlier than it relatively began.
Marshall follows the personalities, techniques, error, and the unremitting slaughter of the following 4 years. the tale ends with the ill-conceived Treaty of Versailles, which sowed the seeds that might plunge the subsequent iteration into one other international war.
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