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In every sense, 1918 was the climactic year of the Great War on the Western Front. The battles fought during that spring dwarfed those at the Somme and at Passchendaele.The casualties on both sides were unprecedented, and the weapons and tactics used were the culmination of four years' bloody experience.

This epic account of the events of 1918 is the first major reappraisal of the end of the war for more than 20 years, and describes what is in some respects a forgotten chapter in history. The soldiers who returned to Britain in November 1918 were not the martyrs or victims of popular memory - they were a victorious army and were greeted as heroes.

As the oral historian at the Imperial War Museum, Peter Hart has had unprecedented access to material never before seen or heard. He uses this vast wealth of sources to describe the entire course of the year, at all levels of command, from the terrifying German attacks in the spring to the victorious parades after the Armistice was signed. As a chronicle of the Great War's brutal climax it is unparalleled in its scope and depth.

©2008 Peter Hart (P)2008 Orion Publishing Group Ltd

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1918 A very English Victory

Peter Hart has written a masterpiece, this book explains in graphic detail how the German army on the western front was not defeated by a stab in the back, but was defeated by the British army which had learnt the hard lessons of the Somme and Ypres and which was well lead and supplied. The German army was defeated on the battlefield fair and square by the best troops in the world who deserve our utmost admiration and praise.

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1918 , victory

Interesting take on 1918 focusing on the British Army. This in my view, gives a somewhat narrow view and overplays the part Britain played. Hart also stoutly defends Haig again in my view, giving the reader an unbalanced account of this most debated soldier. I would say there are better, more balanced accounts of 1918 .

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Final year of WW1

A very interesting look at the campaigns of 1918. From the entry of USA until the final victory.

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  • 11-08-10

We Really Didn't Need the Americans

Peter Hart has written some excellent history of World War I. His book "Somme", available from Audible, is excellent. This one somehow misses the mark. It is written as if the British won WWI with no help from anyone. There is nothing new are introspective in this work. I generally like Hart's work but not this one.

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