The Greatest Day in History : How the Great War Really Ended
Unlike 1945, the First World War did not end neatly with the unconditional surrender of the Germans. After a dramatic week of negotiations, military offensives and the beginning of a Communist revolution, the German Imperial regime collapsed. The Kaiser fled to Holland. The Allies eventually granted an armistice to a new German government, and at 11.00hrs on 11 November, the guns officially ceased fire, but only after 11,000 casualties had been sustained - more than on D-Day! The story of this remarkable day has never been told properly, and yet the roll call of eyewitnesses who left us their impressions includes Adolf Hitler, Charles de Gaulle, Harry S Truman, Anthony Eden, Marie Curie, Maurice Chevalier, Richard Strauss - and future famous generals MacArthur, Patton and Montgomery. From the generals' headquarters to the frontline trenches, from the factories to the farms, Nicholas Best reveals the twists and turns that led to the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
- Paperback | 336 pages
- 149.86 x 200.66 x 12.7mm | 226.8g
- 02 Oct 2008
- Orion Publishing Co
- Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- London, United Kingdom
"Minneapolis Star Tribune," November 7, 2008""The Greatest Day in History: How on the Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month, the First World War Finally Came to an End" is a wonderful kaleidoscope of European conditions, people, groups and leaders during the last week and the last day of the war." "Philadelphia Inquirer," November 11, 2008"The message of "The Greatest Day "comes across direct as a rifle shot: War is hell, right to the last moment."
About Nicholas Best
Nicholas Best grew up in Kenya and was educated there, in England and at Trinity College, Dublin. He served on a short service commission in the Grenadier Guards and spent a year at Harvard before becoming a fulltime writer. He has written novels, travel and history books, and has seen his work translated into several foreign languages and serialised on Radio 4. He was FT fiction critic during the 1990s and has reviewed for many publications. He lives in the academic community in Cambridge.