1918 was probably the most dramatic and decisive year in British military history. In the spring there was a fear that Britain might have to evacuate her troops from the continent and lose the war. In the summer came the great turnaround, and by autumn the German armies began to retreat. In November 1918 the First World War was over. Drawing on rare material from the archives of the Imperial War Museum, this book tells the story of an amazing year through the authentic voice of the British soldier, a year in which, remarkably, the casualty rates were even higher than those of 1916 and 1917, the years of the Somme and Passchendaele.
'Absorbingly readable . . . a vivid acount.' Army Quaterly and Defence Journal
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The war was the only real and permanent thing, thriving and increasing in a world going to ruin. These are the telling words of former officer Desmond Allhusen, looking back on his wartime experience. 1918 was the year of victory for the Allied forces, a welcome respite from four bloody years of toil in trenches with, seemingly, no end in sight. As Malcolm Brown points out, 1916, the year of the Somme, and 1917, the year of Passchendaele, are the years more typically focused on when one talks about the Great War, but 1918 was, for the British at least, the bloodiest of them all--more casualties were sustained in this year than in any other. Amazingly, the casualty rate was higher in this single year than it was for the entire Second World War.
In this remarkable book, Brown constructs a highly readable narrative of this dreadful yet ultimately joyous year around the writings of those who served on the front line. From the year's bleak beginning in appalling weather conditions, when few held out the prospect of celebrating the next Hogmany in peacetime, up to its happy conclusion, the chapters slip by in an easy narrative style, providing compelling insights into people's attitudes to the war and what sustained them through it. Brown is clearly an accomplished historian, and there is much here for those interested in a broader picture, but what really illuminates this book are the contributions from the soldiers on the ground, many of which are beautifully written. His extensive use of the Imperial War Museum's collection of diaries, memoirs and letters, and his skill in setting them together within a wider framework have allowed him to create a uniquely compelling account of this momentous year in history. --Alisdair BowlesBook Description:
A gripping account of the final year of the First World War by an acclaimed military historian.
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