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The Death of Glory: The Western Front 1915

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To this day, World War I remains a source of misunderstanding; the bitter reality of the conflict is often clouded by various myths and falsehoods. Many of these misconceptions suggest that the ineptitude of the generals on both sides of the trenches led to the gruesome stalemates and battles. This well-researched and highly readable account reveals the truth behind this fallacy and other events by setting them in a wider context. In 1915 the burden of fighting was shifting from the British Army to the ...

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Overview

To this day, World War I remains a source of misunderstanding; the bitter reality of the conflict is often clouded by various myths and falsehoods. Many of these misconceptions suggest that the ineptitude of the generals on both sides of the trenches led to the gruesome stalemates and battles. This well-researched and highly readable account reveals the truth behind this fallacy and other events by setting them in a wider context. In 1915 the burden of fighting was shifting from the British Army to the Territorial Forces who were enthusiastic amateurs at best. The battles were either disasters or inconclusive, but the real reason for the failures was that the war—which originally began in the name of liberation for Belgium—had lost its moral argument and was now just another bloody, senseless slaughter. Millions died on the Western Front in 1915 on muddy battlefields, and as this study reveals, there was no glory attached to their deaths.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719562440
  • Publisher: Murray, John Publishers, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/1/2006
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

A former Royal Marines Commando, Robin Neillands was a journalist and the author of several acclaimed military histories. His books on World War include 1916, Attrition, The Great War Generals on the Western Front, and The Old Contemptibles.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations     xi
Maps     xiii
About This Book     xvii
Reflections on the War, August 1914-January 1915     1
The British Armies in France     21
Planning Neuve Chapelle, March 1915     47
The Battle of Neuve Chapelle, 10-12 March 1915     62
Gas! The Start of Second Ypres, 22-23 April 1915     82
The Fall of Smith-Dorrien, April 1915     102
The Battle of Aubers Ridge, 9 May 1915     126
Festubert, 15-27 May 1915     146
Operations Elsewhere, 1915     166
The Road to Loos, July-September 1915     186
Planning Loos, 19 August-25 September 1915     203
The First Day at Loos, 25 September 1915     216
The Battle of Loos, 26 September 1915     238
The Fall of Field Marshal French, October-December 1915     257
A Verdict on the Donkeys     268
Appendix     275
Notes     277
Select Bibliography     281
Index     283

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