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The last months of Georges Clemenceau's long life (he was 88 when he died) were spent writing his memoirs in an attempt to justify his actions at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 that drafted the Treaty of Versailles. Marshal Foch's conversations with a confidante had been posthumously published, excoriating Clemenceau for surrendering the military frontier of the Rhine, the consequences of which Foch believed would be fatal for France.

Clemenceau did not live long enough to fully revise his first draft of this work but it was a remarkable book for an 88 year old to have written. The Tiger is still alert, but events… Read more
Marshal Foch by Raymond Recouly
Marshal Foch by Raymond Recouly
If this book had to be summarised in one word, that word would be “security”. The word appears approximately 40 times in the 296 pages of text of Marshal Foch's conversations. Foch, speaking after the Great War, conscious of France's declining birth rate and Germany’s growing population, was apprehensive of Germany’s revival. The Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Armies during the War, Foch was not part of the French delegation to the Paris Peace Conference that drafted the Treaty of Versailles and had to look on as decisions calamitous to the future peace of the world were being decided behind closed doors.

If he had been part of the delegation, we know what he would have said,… Read more
Swordbearers (Cassell Military Paperbacks) by Correlli Barnett
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This work is not a comprehensive look at the Great War but deals with four episodes, the Battle of the Marne, the Battle of Jutland, the Battle of Verdun and the German summer offensive of 1918.

What I especially like about the book is when Barnett looks at strategy rather than purely military tactics in the field. Barnett elaborates how a decisive British victory at the Battle of Jutland would have transformed the war, allowing more resources to the Western Front and also enabling the Allies to aid Russia with much needed weaponry and munitions, probably preventing her defeat and therefore the Russian Revolution. He also contends that the German High Seas Fleet should not have… Read more

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