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

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

Hardback Germany's Western Front

Edited by Mark Osborne Humphries, Edited by John Maker

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  • Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 462 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 232mm x 36mm | 780g
  • Publication date: 30 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Waterloo, Ontario
  • ISBN 10: 155458051X
  • ISBN 13: 9781554580514
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: b/w maps
  • Sales rank: 986,340

Product description

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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Author information

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.

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.