American Heritage History of World War I by S.L.A. Marshall

By S.L.A. Marshall

"In the Bosnian city of Sarajevo at the morning of June 28, 1914, a chauffeur misunderstood his directions, made the inaccurate flip, attempted too overdue to right his blunder, and in so doing, brought his passengers to some degree the place a ready murderer didn't have to take objective to gun them down. rounds from one pistol and the realm rocked. The crime was once the small stone that loosened brings the avalanche."

So starts off Brigadier normal S.L.A. Marshall's compelling narrative of the yank background historical past of global struggle I, a e-book that tells the tale of the good warfare from Sarajevo to Versailles.

Ten million males died; one other 20 million have been wounded. however it was once now not the numbers on my own that made this the good struggle. The flame thrower, the tank, and poison fuel have been brought. Cavalry turned out of date; air wrestle and submarine conflict got here of age. previous dynasties disintegrated; new international locations appeared.

In this publication, popular army historian Marshall, an international struggle I veteran, describes and analyzes the origins, direction, and speedy aftermath of the mammoth clash. the tale starts off with a glance backward at a complacent global ensnared in a community of alliances. Out of this environment emerged the crafty diplomats and statesmen who maneuvered and blundered their nations into positions that made the warfare inevitable. as soon as devoted, the international locations of Europe aligned into , effective opposing forces, and went jauntily into conflict, each one convinced that the clash will be over ahead of it relatively began.

Marshall follows the personalities, innovations, blunders, and the unremitting slaughter of the following 4 years. the tale ends with the ill-conceived Treaty of Versailles, which sowed the seeds that will plunge the subsequent iteration into one other global war.

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