Germany's Western Front

Germany's Western Front : Translations from the German Official History of the Great War, 1915

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This multi-volume series in seven parts is the first English-language translation of Der Weltkrieg, the German official history of the First World War. Originally produced between 1925 and 1944 using classified archival records that were destroyed in the aftermath of the Second World War, Der Weltkrieg is the untold story of Germany's experience on the Western front, in the words of its official historians, making it vital to the study of the war and official memory in Weimar and Nazi Germany. Although exciting new sources have recently been uncovered in former Soviet archives, this work remains the basis of future scholarship. It is essential reading for any scholar, graduate student, or enthusiast of the Great War. This volume, the first of the series to appear in print, focuses on 1915, the first year of trench warfare. For the first time in the history of warfare, poison gas was used against French and Canadian troops at Ypres. Meanwhile, conflict raged in the German High Command over the political and military direction of the war. The year 1915 also set the stage for the bloodbath at Verdun and sealed the fate of the German Supreme Commander, Erich von Falkenhayn. This is the official version of that story. Foreword by Hew Strachan Co-published with the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies

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  • Hardback | 462 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 36mm | 780.17g
  • Wilfrid Laurier University Press
  • Waterloo, OntarioCanada
  • English
  • Reprint
  • b/w maps
  • 155458051X
  • 9781554580514
  • 1,012,258

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Mark Humphries is an associate professor and Dunkley Chair in War and the Canadian Experience in the Department of History at Wilfrid Laurier University and the director of the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies. His books include The Last Plague: Spanish Influenza and the Politics of Public Health (forthcoming) and The Selected Papers of Sir Arthur Currie (2008). His article "War's Long Shadow: Masculinity, Medicine, and the Gendered Politics of Trauma, 1914--1939" won the 2010 Canadian Historical Review Prize. John Maker received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Ottawa in 2010. He currently teaches for the Royal Military College and is a professional researcher in Ottawa, Ontario.

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For far too long, English-language historians of the Great War have been without a solid understanding of the other side of the hill. "Germany s Western Front" fills this gap admirably. Its clear and readable translations of the German official history illuminate Germany s struggle against the armies of the British and French Empires on the Western Front and provide English-language historians with a much-needed view of the German perspective of the war. However, "Germany s Western Front" is more than simply a translation, its lucid introduction and thoughtful annotations provide valuable context for and many important insights into German operations. This is a book that every serious student of the First World War will want to read and return to over and over. - Robert T. Foley, author of "German Strategy and the Path to Verdun""

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