The Kaiser's Battle

Author: Martin Middlebrook

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781844154982

Category: History

Page: 438

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At 9.30am on 21 March 1918, the last great battle of the First World War commenced when three German armies struck a massive blow against the weak divisions of the British Third and Fifth Armies. It was the first day of what the Germans called the Kaiserschlacht (‘the Kaiser’s Battle’), the series of attacks that were intended to break the deadlock on the Western Front, knock the British Army out of the war, and finally bring victory to Germany. In the event the cost of the gamble was so heavy that once the assault faltered, it remained for the Allies to push the exhausted German armies back and the War was at last over. Critics accounts: The clever blending of written and oral accounts from some 650 surviving British and German soldiers makes the book an extremely convincing reconstruction. SUNDAY TIMES Mr Middlebrook’s industry and patience are displayed in his amazing collection of eyewitness accounts, the compassion in his commentary, the good sense in his analysis’ DAILY TELEGRAPH
The Kaiser

Author: Virginia Cowles

Publisher: New York, Harper

ISBN: IND:32000000953424

Category: Emperors

Page: 472

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Narrative biography of William 2nd, Emperor of Germany, giving attention to the psychological, political and historical implications of his reign.
Quest for Decisive Victory

Author: Robert Michael Citino

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015054461366

Category: Political Science

Page: 372

View: 964

Since the earliest days of warfare, military operations have followed a predictable formula: after a decisive battle, an army must pursue the enemy and destroy its organization in order to achieve a victorious campaign. But by the mid-19th century, the emergence of massive armies and advanced weaponry - and the concomitant decline in the effectiveness of cavalry - had diminished the practicality of pursuit, producing campaigns that bogged down short of decisive victory. Great battles had become curiously indecisive, decisive campaigns virtually impossible.
The German Offensives of 1918

Author: Ian Passingham

Publisher: Campaign Chronicles

ISBN: IND:30000110577164

Category: History

Page: 181

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Covers the last months of 1917, the Kaiserschlacht (Kaiser's Battle) in early 1918, to the final Allied offensive known as 'The Hundred Days' to end the war in August 1918.
Building the Kaiser's Navy

Author: Gary E. Weir

Publisher: Naval Inst Press

ISBN: UOM:39015022236361

Category: Shipbuilding industry

Page: 330

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His considerable talents as a politician, shipbuilder, strategist, propagandist and manager were to a great degree responsible for the High Seas Fleet encountered by the Royal Navy at Jutland. Ironically, von Tirpitz never commanded the navy he built. Weir does not fail to delineate the shortcomings of his naval system, which was responsible for the fact that those in charge of the fleet's operations played little part in its creation. Von Tirpitz's system also resulted in a disregard of the significance of U-boat potential and a lack of geographic, strategic, and operational considerations. Nevertheless, his profound influence in the navy persisted through the Weimar Republic and into the Third Reich, in the policies of Admiral Erich Raeder, veteran of Jutland.
The Kaiser’s Battlefleet

Author: Aidan Dodson

Publisher: Seaforth Publishing

ISBN: 9781473881556

Category: History

Page: 256

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The battleships of the Third Reich have been written about exhaustively, but there is little in English devoted to their predecessors of the Second Reich. This new book fills an important gap in the literature of the period by covering these German capital ships in detail and studying the full span of battleship development during this period.The book is arranged as a chronological narrative, with technical details, construction schedules and ultimate fates tabulated throughout, thus avoiding the sometimes disjointed structure that can result from a class-by-class approach. Heavily illustrated with line work and photographs, many from German sources, the book offers readers a fresh visual look at these ships, beyond the limited range of images available from UK sources.A key objective of the book is to make available a full synthesis of the published fruits of archival research by German writers found in the pre-WW2 books of Koop & Schmolke, Gromers on the construction programme of the dreadnaught era, Forstmeier & Breyer on WW1 projects, and Schenk & Nottelmanns papers in Warship International. As well as providing data not available in English-language books, these sources correct significant errors in the standard English sources.This entirely fresh study will appeal to historians of WWI German naval developments as well as to enthusiasts and model makers.
The Kaiser's Coolies

Author: Theodor Plivier

Publisher: Howard Fertig Pub

ISBN: IND:39000004298761

Category: Fiction

Page: 308

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Under the Weimar Republic, Plivier became a social critic and author. Plivier's early works sought to connect personal experience with documentary-style literature. He founded the "Publishing House of the 12" (Verlag der Zwölf) in Berlin during the 1920s. During this period he wrote and published Des Kaisers Kulis (The Kaiser's Coolies), a critical account of his experiences in the Imperial Navy.
The Second Battle of the Marne

Author: Michael S. Neiberg

Publisher: Twentieth-Century Battles

ISBN: UOM:39015076175366

Category: History

Page: 240

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The First Battle of the Marne produced the so-called Miracle of the Marne, when French and British forces stopped the initial German drive on Paris in 1914. Hundreds of thousands of casualties later, with opposing forces still dug into trench lines, the Germans tried again to push their way to Paris and to victory. The Second Battle of the Marne (July 15 to August 9, 1918) marks the point at which the Allied armies stopped the massive German Ludendorff Offensives and turned to offensive operations themselves. The Germans never again came as close to Paris nor resumed the offensive. The battle was one of the first large multinational battles fought by the Allies since the assumption of supreme command by French general Ferdinand Foch. It marks the only time the French, American, and British forces fought together in one battle. A superb account of the bloody events of those fateful days, this book sheds new light on a critically important 20th-century battle.