Peter Liddle and his team of leading specialists have produced a
provoking new book that features the latest research into WWI. The
publishers have already established a reputation for this type of
book and set new standards, highly recommended.
NAME: Britain and the Widening War 1915-1916, From Gallipoli to the
AUTHOR: edited by Peter Liddle
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWI, World War 1, World War I, First World War, Somme,
Gallipoli, Jutland, leadership, military medicine, home front, female
employment, bombing, bereavement.
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DESCRIPTION: Peter Liddle and his team of leading specialists have
produced a provoking new book that features the latest research into
WWI. The publishers have already established a reputation for this
type of book and set new standards, highly recommended.
The Great War resulted from a series of misunderstandings and
miscalculations that turned German ambitions to rule Europe, and
build a global empire, into direct military engagement. The Germans
assumed that they would very quickly defeat France but were
frustrated by the skilled and spirited rearguard actions by the tiny
but well-trained BEF. The Royal Navy assumed that it would it would
command the seas unchallenged, only to discover that the near 100
years of peace had left it flabby, with gunnery skills neglected and
preoccupation with fast battle cruisers leaving it vulnerable to
heavily armoured opponents who placed. crew comfort below ship
survival. France assumed that its 'elan' in its land forces would
take the battle to the enemy.
As 1914 gave way to trench warfare and a battle of attrition, new
fronts opened. Turkey presented many opportunities for Britain in
the Middle East and Churchill saw the Gallipoli Campaign leading
to a rapid surrender of Turkey and an open front into the Balkans
and up into Germany, linking up with the Russians on the way.
All of these elements of WWI in the important years of 1915-1916
are examined with access to new material and archaeology. Fresh
insights are provided and established conclusions challenged. The
traditional focus on the battles and the fronts is developed with
a review of the Home Front and the changes that it was introducing
through the rapidly expanding female work force and the effects of
family loss and the German terror bombing from the air.
This is a book that will reward all those readers with an interest in
the 'war to end all wars'.