The Great War of 1914-1918 was the first mass conflict to fully mobilize the resources of industrial powers against one another, resulting in a brutal, bloody, protracted war of attrition between the world's great economies. Now, 100 years after the first guns of August rang out on the Western front, historian William Philpott reexamines the causes and lingering effects of the first truly modern war.
Drawing on the experience of front-line soldiers, munitions workers, politicians, and diplomats, War of Attrition explains for the first time why and how this new type of conflict was fought as it was fought, as well as how the attitudes and actions of political and military leaders, and the willing responses of their peoples, stamped the 20th century with unprecedented carnage on - and behind - the battlefield.
©2014 William Philpott (P)2014 Tantor
"An astute examination by an expert war historian that sifts through the collective 'theatres of attrition' in this unprecedented slaughter." (Kirkus)
While not a gripping account of the war, it's an excellent explanation for the character of the war.
Attrition. Body count. Material production. Courage on the battlefield is not a factor, morale is. The war is a meat grinder, and the generals who realized how to fight and win an attritional war, are the heroes.
The leaders thinking in outmoded terms of valour and élan...are the ones responsible for the worst decisions.
Offensives only work with a vast expenditure of material, mostly artillery shells, for limited objectives. The losses of 1916 are presented as achieving a great deal; they led to German attrition on a large scale.
Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also
I am a history buff and I had no idea of just how horrific this war was. The first modern war was fought with outdated generals and politicans who were truly clueless of the cost in human suffering
I kind of like the British Lord Kittchner and the Frech Gen who figured out how to win after millions were needlessly killed
Mr Perkins is a great factual reader who brings a degree of logic to a senseless situation
After reading the book I couldn't go to a movie, it would be too painful to know that millions died due to complete stupity Sorry
I did enjoy the book with a cast of Millions who never made it back home this was an eye opener to the fact "You don't win this War fighting the same as the Last one"
I recently listened to A World Undone and loved it. I was hoping to see WWI from a different perspective and thus broaden my understanding of its history. This book is not very well organized the characters are presented with little or no back ground. The author uses very few original quotes and makes statements without backing them with evidence or quotations.
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