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Hundred Days: The End of the Great War by [Lloyd, Nick]
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This is a powerful and moving book by a rising military historian. Lloyd's depiction of the great battles of July-November provides compelling evidence of the scale of the Allies' victories and the bitter reality of German defeat (Gary Sheffield (Professor of War Studies))

Lloyd enters the upper tier of Great War historians with this admirable account of the war's final campaign (Publishers Weekly)

Writing about the last 100 days of the war on the Western Front, Lloyd asks whether the Allies had learnt anything from the previous years of conflict and whether the Germans were really defeated in 1918 (Telegraph)

Lloyd's brisk and thoroughly engrossing book leaves no doubt that the Germans were beaten fair and square where it really mattered - on the battlefield (Dominic Sandbrook Evening Standard)

There is a grim fascination to the endgame, as the hopes still nursed by the Germans were finally extinguished and the Allies won a victory that in seemed inevitable in retrospect (Metro)

Gives the reader an insight into the raw emotions of the period and lends immediacy to the more sober narrative (The Oxford Times)

Compelling, very readable (Books Monthly)

As Nick Lloyd's account of the great Allied counter-offensives of summer 1918 convincingly shows, the Allies had learned (if painfully slowly) how to win battles . . . the German army was absolutely, totally defeated in the field (Express)

Hundred Days is a bracing re-dramatization of the horrors that were most fresh in the minds of all concerned when those days were over (Open Letters)

Very well-researched and well-written. Reminds us just how important this crushing endgame was (Andrew Roberts)

Conveys the epic sweep of events, as the allied troops relentlessly pushed the German divisions back, with staggering losses . . . Lloyd also gives the worm's eye-view of what it was like for the men on the ground. He is expert at bringing to life, in a few lines, the characters of the top brass (Independent)

About the Author

Nick Lloyd was educated at the University of Birmingham and is Senior Lecturer in Defence Studies at King's College London, based at the Joint Services Command & Staff College in Shrivenham, Oxfordshire. He specialises in British military and imperial history in the era of the Great War and is the author of two books, Loos 1915 (2006), and The Amritsar Massacre: The Untold Story of One Fateful Day (2011).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3107 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CXCV7EQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #169,161 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The British like to read about military disasters; the more mud, blood and incompetence that surrounds an operation, the more engrossing the story. That is why 'Hundred Days' is such an important book, for it is the complete antidote to the literary diet of slaughter and despair that typifies so many Great War studies. Nick Lloyd does an admirable job in taking us through the setbacks but also the triumphs of the final months of the War when mobility and all-arms cooperation were the bywords for British tactics.

The author has trawled through archives from all sides in the conflict and his thorough examination of German documents has yielded a pitiful story of crushed German morale, starvation and collapse from within. Lloyd accepts these facts but is quick to dispel the 'stab in the back' theory promoted by subsequent German militarists (and the odd Dictator). He points out that victory came in the end to the Allies, not just through sheer weight of American intervention, but also from British ingenuity and the valour and tenacity of British soldiers. Sadly, the mission of crushing German territorial ambition once and for all, was not completed in 1918. That failure could not be laid at the door of Tommy Atkins, whose achievements Lloyd justly praises. He writes well and with authority. This is highly recommended.
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We will see a proliferation of books on all aspects of the Great War over the next 4 years. Some excellent, some bad. Nick Lloyd's book on the Last Hundred Days, is nearly the excellent end of the spectrum.
Lloyd has perhaps one of the best books on the Battle of Loos to his name and he tries manfully to tell the story of the final victory by referencing all sides.....German, French, British Empire, and American. This is not an operational history of the last 95 days of the war (From the Battle of Amiens to the Armistice) but rather a construction and explanation of how the war ended.
The insights he provides into the collapse of the German political will is particularly useful as this is often skipped over in many histories.
He clearly sets out how the destruction of the German Armies on the Western Front come about, clearly detailing the great cost to all sides as the Germans sought to blunt an Allied offensive that, for the first time in the war, truly bought together an "all arms" fighting force to the battlefield....one that had been only hinted at during the Messines and Cambrai battles in the previous year.
He pays due respect to the French and American victories at the Marne and St Mihiel, but also explains how the army of the British Empire was responsible for most of the "Black Days" suffered by the German Army during this period, despite facing the bulk of the German army.
Highly readable and recommended.
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This book is worthy of 5 stars if only because it occupies a very narrow field of historical research. Ask any historian how the 'Great War' ended and most will be surprisingly vague. Some will say the Allies were made stronger by the entry of the USA into the war, some will say that resistance in Germany collapsed on the home front and undermined the German military's ability to wage war, some will say that exhausted armies ran out of steam. Very few, and it is literally a handful by my estimation have actually researched the period between the failure of the German Army's Spring Offensive and the collapse of the Western Front between August and November.

To that end Nick Lloyd has performed a great service to this period of history by creating an immensely readable, clear and well supported narrative (by the evidence he employs) of the success of the Allies over the German army on the Western Front in those last months of the war. Far from the nebulous and vague explanations for the end of WWI hitherto offered he explains how by a combination of tactics and logistics the Allies could fairly claim a military victory over the central powers.

Lloyds case is bolstered by eye witness account unearthed in his research from both sides of the conflict. It is true that defeatism spread in the German Army and indeed the constitutional changes which lead to the end of the monarchy and military ruling class were crucial to the decision to seek armistice but he lays out the facts that the German Army had all but disintegrated except in small pockets of resistance after several well planned and executed campaigns.
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I came across the idea of the Hundred Days when I was reading material my grandfather had collected. The nature and reasons for the stalemate are so well known but the detail of how it was broken is not nearly so well covered.

the germans did not just shuffle off and one vaguely imagines. They had to be ejected at heavy cost from every foot of territory but now we had the tools to do the job. A conventional opinion would be that the Germans would have finally disintegrated the following spring if the war had not ended.
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