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From freezing infantrymen huddled in bloodied trenches on the front lines to intricate political maneuvering and tense strategy sessions in European capitals, noted historian John Toland tells of the unforgettable final year of the First World War.

As 1918 opened, the Allies and Central Powers remained locked in a desperate, bloody stalemate, despite the deaths of millions of soldiers over the previous three and a half years. The arrival of the Americans "over there" by the middle of the year turned the tide of war, resulting in an Allied victory in November.

In this audiobook, participants on both sides, from enlisted men to generals and prime ministers to monarchs, vividly recount the battles, sensational events, and behind-the-scenes strategies that shaped the climactic, terrifying year. It's all here - the horrific futility of going over the top into a hail of bullets in no man's land; the enigmatic death of the legendary German ace, the Red Baron; Operation Michael, a punishing German attack in the spring; the Americans' long-awaited arrival in June; the murder of Russian Czar Nicholas II and his family, the growing fear of a communist menace in the east; and the armistice on November 11.

The different points of view of Germans, Americans, British, French, and Russians add depth, complexity, and understanding to the tragedies and triumphs of the War to End All Wars.

©2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • rezonville
  • 30-01-21

A great listen

Fascinating subject matter brought to life by a superb narrator. Tempo, diction and sentence rhythm all excellent, and, dare I say it, redolent of an era in which our common language had not yet been infested by the ghastly affectations which are a veritable scourge of modern life.

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  • Andy hagland
  • 27-10-17

No mans land

Great insight to the last year of the Great War,very well worth a listen, informative and very interesting.

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  • 22-10-20

Superb

A masterly narrative of last fateful year of the 1914-18 cataclysm. Clear, memorable, dramatic yet scholarly and dispassionate. A fascinating and enlightening read that never lags.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-06-20

Excellent narrative

Since reading Mr Toland's book on the Battle of the Bulge, I have enjoyed two books written by him. This work was no exception and once again it has been a source of information that I had not been aware of. His style of writing is very easy to listen to as an audio book and once again I recommend it to history lovers.

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  • Ysera
  • 01-07-19

Just too much!

If you want a very detailed account of... well... everything going on on the Western front in 1918, then this is for you. However, I do not care that there were crystal chandeliers in the room where generals met in Amiens and I do not want to know what sort of lunch a general had. For me, this is a waste of time and I'll return this book if I still can.