Category: World War I

  • Download E-books To the Last Salute: Memories of an Austrian U-Boat Commander PDF

    By Georg von Trapp

    The Sound of Music endeared Georg von Trapp (1880–1947) and his making a song family members to the area, and it additionally confirmed how desperately the Nazis sought after Captain von Trapp for his or her military. In To the final Salute we examine why. Trapp’s personal tale of his exploits as a submarine commander in the course of the First global warfare is as interesting because it is instructive, bringing to stirring existence a little-known bankruptcy within the naval background of that war.

    In his many guises, Trapp describes lifestyles as captain of Austro-Hungarian U-boats within the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas, rising by means of flip because the Imperial Austrian naval officer, the witty observer of foreign politics, and the indefatigable and finally heartbroken patriot opposing the Allied enemy. He relates lethal duels with submarine sweepers, slender escapes and excruciatingly shut calls, and the marvelous sinking of shipment and battle ships—all whereas conserving a willing experience of the camaraderie of seamen from each nook of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Trapp’s tale, in English for the 1st time, deals a unprecedented mix of human curiosity, old perception, and actual life-and-death adventure.
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  • Download E-books Battlefield Tourism: Pilgrimage and the Commemoration of the Great War in Britain, Australia and Canada, 1919-1939 (The Legacy of the Great War) PDF

    Within the aftermath of the good conflict, a wave of visitors and pilgrims visited the battlefields, cemeteries and memorials of the warfare. The cultural heritage of this 'battlefield tourism' is chronicled during this soaking up and unique e-book, which exhibits how the phenomenon served to build reminiscence in Britain, in addition to in Australia and Canada. the writer demonstrates that prime and occasional tradition, culture and modernism, the sacred and the profane have been frequently inter-related, instead of polar opposites. many of the responses to the particular and imagined landscapes of battlefields are mentioned, in addition to bereavement and the way this was once formed through gender, faith and the army adventure. person reminiscence and event mixed with nationalism and 'imperial' id as robust forces informing the pilgrim experience.But this publication not just analyzes trip to battlefields, which unsurprisingly paralleled the expansion of the trendy vacationer undefined; it additionally appears to be like heavily on the transformation of nationwide warfare memorials into pilgrimage websites, and exhibits how responses either to battlefields and memorials, which proceed to function powerful symbols, developed within the years after the good conflict.
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  • Download E-books The Forts of the Meuse in World War I (Fortress) PDF

    By Clayton Donnell

    On October 29, 1891, the recent forts outfitted round the towns of Li_ge and Namur, referred to as the "Forts of the Meuse," have been grew to become over to the Belgian military.

    The large undertaking, which had started in 1888 and price 71.6 million Belgian Francs, required over 9,000 employees to accomplish. It produced 21 smooth forts that can shield the strategic rail, river, and street arteries passing via slender gaps to the flat, open plains of Flanders.

    The Forts of the Meuse have been the construction of basic Brialmont, one of many most efficient army engineers of his time. the improvement of latest and extra strong artillery intended that Brialmont's forts have been made up of concrete, that includes underground barracks, storerooms, and weapons secure in revolving metal turrets.
    In August 1914, the German military tried a short crossing of this zone with a view to succeed in France, however it took them 12 days to wreck the fortresses, with the 30,000 Belgian troops placing up a valiant fight.

    Containing maps, diagrams, and images taken from inner most collections, this booklet explores the layout, improvement, and impression of the "Forts of the Meuse," and highlights the significance in their position throughout the commencing conflict of worldwide conflict I.

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  • Download E-books Reconstructing the Body: Classicism, Modernism, and the First World War PDF

    By Ana Carden-Coyne

    The 1st global battle mangled faces, blew away limbs, and ruined nerves. Ten million useless, twenty million serious casualties, and 8 million individuals with everlasting disabilities--modern battle inflicted discomfort and discomfort with unsparing, mechanical potency. notwithstanding, such horror used to be no longer the total tale. humans additionally rebuilt their lives, their groups, and their our bodies. From the ashes of warfare rose good looks, eroticism, and the promise of utopia.

    Ana Carden-Coyne investigates the cultures of resilience and the associations of reconstruction in Britain, Australia, and the us. Immersed in efforts to heal the implications of violence and overcome adversity, reconstruction encouraged politicians, pros, and participants to remodel themselves and their societies.

    Bodies weren't to stay locked away as tortured stories. in its place, they turned the themes of outspoken debate, the items of rehabilitation, and commodities of hope in worldwide industries. Governments, physicians, attractiveness and physique therapists, monument designers and visible artists seemed to classicism and modernism because the instruments for rebuilding civilization and its electorate. What greater reaction to death, limb, and brain than a physique reconstructed?
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  • Download E-books Loos - Hill 70: French Flanders (Battleground Europe) PDF

    By Andrew Rawson

    The conflict of bathrooms shaped a part of a much broader offensive carried out through either French and British Forces in September 1915. The British First military, below the management of normal Haig, have been to wreck throughout the German line at bathrooms thank you partially to their stronger numbers, whereas different operations have been to accomplish an identical lead to Champagne and at Vimy Ridge. because of loss of artillery the bathrooms assault was once deliberate to be preceded by way of a major fuel assault. Chlorine gasoline may expectantly solely conquer the Germans insufficient fuel mask and result in a quick leap forward. regrettably all didn't visit plan. First a few of the fuel was once blown again into the British trenches inflicting over 2,000 casualties. Then whilst the attack itself came about the attackers have been met through fierce German resistance, none extra so than at Hill 70 the place the German defences have been powerful. regardless of many waves of assault, only a few troops made it into enemy trenches. After a number of days the assault needed to be referred to as off. It had expense 60,000 British casualties for nearly no achieve. Rudyard Kipling's son John, serving with the Irish Guards, was once additionally misplaced.

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  • Download E-books Rock of the Marne: The American Soldiers Who Turned the Tide Against the Kaiser in World War I PDF

    The stirring account of the 3rd U.S. Infantry department within the moment conflict of the Marne—where the tide of global conflict i used to be ultimately turned…

    The squaddies of the 3rd U.S. Infantry department in international warfare I have been outnumbered and green younger males dealing with hardened veterans, yet their activities proved to be a turning aspect over the last German offensive of global warfare I.

    In preventing 3 German divisions from crossing the Marne River, those heroic American squaddies blocked the line to Paris east of Château-Thierry, helped store the French capital and, in doing so, performed a key function in turning the tide of the warfare. The Allies then begun a counteroffensive that drove the enemy again to the Hindenburg Line, and 4 months later the conflict was once over.

    Rock of the Marne follows the 3rd Division’s 6th Brigade, which took the brunt of the German assault. The officials, a lot of them West guidelines and elite Ivy Leaguers, battling side-by-side with enlisted men—city dwellers and kingdom boys, cowboys and coal miners who got here from each nook of the USA besides newly planted immigrants from Europe—answered their country’s name to duty.

    This is the gripping real account of 1 of the main important—yet least explored—battles of worldwide struggle I.

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  • Download E-books Groupe de Combat 12, 'Les Cigognes': France's Ace Fighter Group in World War 1 (Aviation Elite Units) PDF

    This e-book lines the strive against background of the main recognized and highest-scoring fighter team in France's global battle I Aviation Militaire. Groupe de wrestle 12 boasted the highest-scoring Allied fighter pilot, René Fonck, and France's so much celebrated hero of the air, Georges Guynemer. Its ranks integrated a variety of different well-known aces, corresponding to Rene's Dorme, Alfred Heurteaux, Albert Deullin, and American volunteers Edwin Parsons and Frank L. Baylies. also, Guynemer used to be instrumental in constructing France's superior sequence of fighter planes, the SPAD VII, XII, XIII and XVII.
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  • Download E-books The Regulars: The American Army, 1898-1941 PDF

    By Edward M. Coffman

    In 1898 the yank common military was once a small frontier constabulary engaged in skirmishes with Indians and protesting staff. Forty-three years later, in 1941, it was once a wide smooth military able to salary worldwide conflict opposed to the Germans and the japanese. during this definitive social heritage of America's status military, army historian Edward Coffman tells how that severe transformation was once accomplished.

    Coffman has spent years immersed within the professional files, own papers, memoirs, and biographies of standard military males, together with such recognized leaders as George Marshall, George Patton, and Douglas MacArthur. He weaves their tales, and people of others he has interviewed, into the tale of a military which grew from a small group of posts in China and the Philippines to a powerful mechanized flooring and air strength. in the course of those years, the U.S. military conquered and regulated a colonial empire, army employees lived in unique locales with their households, and squaddies engaged in strive against in Cuba and the Pacific. within the 20th century, the U.S. entered into alliances to struggle the German military in international conflict I, after which back to fulfill the problem of the Axis Powers in global struggle II.

    Coffman explains how a managerial revolution within the early 1900s supplied the organizational framework and academic beginning for switch, and the way the combo of encouraged management, technological advances, and a supportive society made it profitable. In a stirring account of all points of garrison existence, together with race family members, we meet the boys and ladies who helped reconfigure America's frontier military right into a smooth worldwide force.

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  • Download E-books Vimy Ridge 1917: Byng's Canadians Triumph at Arras (Campaign) PDF

    By Alexander Turner

    Vimy Ridge was once the most very important geographic positive factors at the whole Western entrance in international battle I (1914-1918). In early 1917 it was once thought of essentially impregnable, yet on nine April the Canadian military Corps, below the command of the British Lieutenant common Sir Julian Byng, assaulted it as a part of the Arras offensive. in a single of the main awesome operational assaults of the conflict, they seized nearly the complete ridge overnight. This e-book describes how the cutting edge efforts that went into each point of the guidance for this assault ensured that the Canadian and British troops completed unparalleled good fortune.
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  • Download E-books The German 1918 Offensives: A Case Study in The Operational Level of War (Strategy and History) PDF

    By David T. Zabecki

    This is the 1st research of the Ludendorff Offensives of 1918 established widely on key German documents presumed to be misplaced endlessly after Potsdam was once bombed in 1944.

    In 1997, David T. Zabecki stumbled on translated copies of those records in a suite of previous tutorial fabric on the U.S. military Command and common employees collage at fortress Leavenworth, Kansas. He offers his findings right here for the 1st time, with a radical evaluate of the surviving unique operational plans and orders, to provide a wealth of unpolluted insights to the German Offensives of 1918.

    David T. Zabecki truly demonstrates how the German failure to use the vulnerabilities within the BEF’s rail method ended in the failure of the 1st offensives, and the way inadequacies within the German rail approach made up our minds the end result of the final 3 offensives. this can be a window into the brain of the German basic employees of global battle I, with thorough research of the German making plans and determination making tactics in the course of the execution of battles. this is often additionally the 1st research in English or in German to research the specifics of the aborted Operation HAGEN plan. this can be additionally the 1st research of the 1918 Offensives to target the ‘operational point of battle’ and at the physique of army job often called ‘the operational art’, instead of at the traditional tactical or strategic levels.

    This booklet should be of serious curiosity to all scholars of global struggle I, the German military and of strategic reviews and armed forces conception in general.

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