The Real War, 1914-1918

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Captain B. H. Liddell Hart is the foremost authority on World War I. In The Real War, the author has fused exhaustive research and creative brilliance with brevity and precision. Thus we have in one volume the war transformed into literature - an understandable, kaleidoscopic masterwork of military history.
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Overview

Captain B. H. Liddell Hart is the foremost authority on World War I. In The Real War, the author has fused exhaustive research and creative brilliance with brevity and precision. Thus we have in one volume the war transformed into literature - an understandable, kaleidoscopic masterwork of military history.
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Library Journal
★ 11/01/2013
From 1930 and still in print, one of the earliest histories by a participant and tactician, comparing well with later scholarship. His conclusions on British failings were said to have been taken to heart by the Germans, who made changes for World War II.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316525053
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 1,031,839
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
I The Origins of the War 3
II The Opposing Forces and Plans 36
III 1914--The Clinch 54
Scene 1. The Battle That Was Not, Yet Turned the Tide--The Marne 82
Scene 2. The Field of Legend--Tannenberg 103
IV 1915--The Deadlock 115
Scene 1. The Birth of a "Plan"--The Dardanelles 143
Scene 2. The Slip 'twixt Lip and Cup--The Landing on Gallipoli, April 25, 1915 159
Scene 3. The Gas Cloud at Ypres--April 22, 1915 175
Scene 4. The Unwanted Battle--Loos, September 15, 1915 186
V 1916--The "Dog-Fall" 199
Scene 1. The Mincing Machine--Verdun 214
Scene 2. The Brusilov Offensive 224
Scene 3. The Somme Offensive 227
Scene 4. The Growing Pains of the Tank 249
Scene 5. Rumania Swallowed 261
Scene 6. The Capture of Baghdad 267
Scene 7. The Battle of Blind Man's Buff--Jutland 271
VI 1917--The Strain 296
Scene 1. The Halt and Lame Offensive--Arras, April 1917 321
Scene 2. The Siege-War Masterpiece--Messines 330
Scene 3. The "Road" to Passchendaele 337
Scene 4. The Tank Surprise at Cambrai 344
Scene 5. "Caporetto" 357
VII 1918--The Break 364
Scene 1. The First Break-Through 387
Scene 2. The Break-Through in Flanders 403
Scene 3. The Break-Through to the Marne 411
Scene 4. The Second Battle of the Marne, July 1918 419
Scene 5. The "Black Day" of the German Army, August 8 429
Scene 6. Megiddo--The Annihilation of the Turkish Armies 439
Scene 7. The Battle of a Dream--St. Mihiel 449
Scene 8. The Battle of a Nightmare--The Meuse-Argonne 461
Epilogue 470
Bibliography 477
Index 497
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