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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Product details

  • Hardback | 462 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 36mm | 780.17g
  • Wilfrid Laurier University Press
  • Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • English
  • Reprint
  • b/w maps
  • 155458051X
  • 9781554580514
  • 1,095,591

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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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Table of contents

The Question of the War's Centre of Gravity in January; The Campaign in the West to the Middle of April; The Situation of the Central Powers in May; The Western Front from the Middle of April to the Beginning of August; Conducting the Multi-Front War in the Summer of 1915; The Military Situation in the Middle of September; The Western Front From Mid-August to the Beginning of the Autumn Offensive; The Autumn Offensive in the Artois & Champagne; The Events Until the End of the Year; The Central Powers Situation at the End of 1915.

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About Mark Osborne Humphries

Mark Osborne Humphries is Associate Professor; Dunkley Chair in War and the Canadian Experience at Wilfrid Laurier University and Director, Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies (LCMSDS). He is the author of numerous publications, including The Last Plague: Spanish Influenza and the Politics of Public Health in Canada (2013). John Maker Dr. John Maker received his PhD in history from the University of Ottawa in 2010. His work has been published in Canadian Military History and Histoire Sociale.

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