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Last of the Ebb: The Battle of the Aisne 1918 [Kindle Edition]

Sidney Rogerson
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Rogerson opens what is new ground to most English readers and gives a graphic account of the tragic involvement of five British divisions in the disaster on the Chemin des Dames of the French Sixth army under General Duchere in May 1918 --The Times

A first-hand account of one of the war s last and most fateful battles. Mr Rogerson * * that stay on own colour, wit and thrilling immediacy. --Observer

This is no nostalgic reminiscence; it is as vivid and actual as though it had all happened yesterday. There is much that is heroic in this book, much that is terrible but Mr Rogerson proves the tenor of his beautifully objective narrative without attempting either to scale the heights or plumb unutterable depths. This is the way war books shall be written, as an almost, but not quite, bald account of an eyewitness actively engaged in doing a jonb and without time to indulfe his emotions. The danger is, of course, that sentimentality may creep in, and facts become distorted but mr Rogerson never lets sentimentality blur his clear outlines of the events, which he jotted down soon after their occurence. Like his own, Twelve Days, it is among the best war books that have appeared --The Spectacle

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In 1918, the Germans launched the Spring Offensive. Aware that American troops would soon be arriving in Europe, the Germans saw this as their last chance to win the war. If they could overcome the Allied armies and reach Paris, victory might be possible. The German offensive was initially a great success. Striking at the Allied line’s strongest point, the Chemin des Dames, they burst their way through and made quick progress towards Marne. However, the advance eventually stalled. With supply shortages and lack of reserves, this was to be the ‘last ebb’ of the German war effort.

Rogerson, a young officer in the West Yorkshire Regiment, describes the experiences of his battalion from the Aisne through to the Marne. Fighting under French command, the West Yorkshires were inadequately supported by artillery and practically without help from the air. The 4 tired divisions were forced to fight and run 27 miles across wooded downlands and 3 rivers on emergency rations.

The author vividly conveys the bravery and extraordinary resilience of the West Yorkshires, who were able to face up to the terrible ordeal of such a battle without loss of morale. Remarkably for a book of this period, an account by Major-General A. D. von Unruh, which gives the German perspective of the offensive, has been included.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8499 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Frontline Books; Reprint edition (23 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KIXWM7S
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Battle of the Aisne 15 Sept. 2014
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My grandfather was a major who died from his injuries there. He was put into then same ambulance as another major mentioned in the book. I had hoped that there might be some mention of my grandfather as he was obviously fighting near where this other major was but sadly no. However I still enjoyed the book and it gave me a very good idea of what things were like there and what my grandfather went through.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 5 July 2014
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All right
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5.0 out of 5 stars Books 12 Jun. 2013
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An excellent first class service with no problems. The book is excellent as well and glad to see it reprinted
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 Sept. 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars history ~ as it happened 29 Dec. 2012
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A well written account that opened a window onto the experiences of my grandfather, who spent the year of 1915 in Flanders Fields. The letters that my grandfather composed for my grandmother have become lost. It is, after all, almost 100 years since these events unfolded. I did not meet my grandfather, who died in 1945 of the effects of severe head wounds suffered in the trenches in the Ypres Salient on December 28, 1915. However, this book conveys to me the attitudes and spirit of those millions of young men who were lost, in a way that the revisionist views that appeared in the 1930's and later can not. My mother told me that her father was proud of his contribution, that he was proud of his commanding officers and that he was proud of the Second Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry in which he served as a subaltern from February 1915 until June 1919. I advise readers and students of history to pay attention to this volume and others written while the events were still immediately in the minds of the authors. Examples being "General Jack's Diary, 1914-1918" and "Twelve Days on the Somme". The book by Winston Groom, although written quite recently, gives, in my opinion, a very well balanced point of view. Look for "A Storm in Flanders: The Ypres Salient, 1914-1918 by that author.
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