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Sheds light on how the war ended,
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This book explains in detail how WWI finally ended after nearly 4 years of stalemate.
The author is anxious that credit is given where it is due, ie to the British army. The French army had suffered huge losses in the war and Terraine is of the opinion that it was unable to function properly by the end of the war.
He also states that he wants to refute the theory that the German army were not defeated in the field. This was a theory that was accepted in Germany in the 30's and helped lead to the collapse of democracy there.
Terraine's opinion is that the entry of the US to the war was not very signifcant as the US generals were determined not to commit troops until they were able to operate independently.
The research and detail is breathtaking, with numerous quotes from those involved in all aspects of the war.
The thinking behind the decision making on both sides is discussed in detail. Not surprisingly given that he has written an autobiography of Haig the author's admiration of that general is obvious. However Marshal Foch also comes out of the book well.
The political intrigue in Germany preceding the end of the war is also revealed in detail.
An excellent book. I would definitely be interested in reading some more of this authors books.