All the Kaiser's Men

All the Kaiser's Men : The Life and Death of the German Soldier on the Western Front

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Convinced that both God and the Kaiser were on their side, the officers and men of the German Army went to war in 1914, confident that they were destined for a swift and crushing victory in the West. The vaunted Schlieffen Plan on which the anticipated German victory was based expected triumph in the West to be followed by an equally decisive success on the Eastern Front. It was not to be. From the winter of 1914 until the early months of 1918, the struggle on the Western Front was characterised by trench warfare. But our perception of the conflict takes little or no account of the realities of life `across the wire' in the German trenches. This book redresses that imbalance and reminds us how similar these young German men were to our own Tommies. Drawing from diaries and letters, Ian Passingham charts the hopes and despair of the German soldiers, filling an important gap in the history of the Western Front.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 172 x 246 x 22mm | 798.32g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752459503
  • 9780752459509
  • 1,150,017

About Ian Passingham

IAN PASSINGHAM is the author of Pillars of Fire (The History Press). He was educated at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the Army Staff College and Keele University. He served in the British Army as an infantryman in the Royal Hampshire Regiment for almost eighteen years before leaving to pursue a career as a professional historian and defence analyst.show more

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