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Book Review: Hundred Days by Nick Lloyd

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His book is a thorough yet readeable account of the heave battles that led to the final breaktrough of the Hindenburg Line and finally the Armistice. An epic tale ranging from the ravaged fields of Flanders to the revolutionary streets of Berlin, Hundred Days recalls the bravery and sacrifice that finally silenced the guns of Europe. I picked this up immediately after reading Nick Lloyd's excellent book on Passchendaele, which I also recommend. The book is replete with descriptions of the major battles and gives a flavor of the fear in the ranks, the bloody killing and shelling, the chaos of the fighting, and the shattered landscaped that looked like something out of Dante's Inferno. Using unpublished archive material from five countries, this new account reveals how the Allies - British, French, American and Commonwealth - managed to beat the German Army, by now crippled by indiscipline and ravaged by influenza, and force her leaders to seek peace. Lloyd has provided an accessible overview of how strategic and tactical shifts--like the surge in Iraq and the associated urban outposts--can help alter the course of a war and indeed end it. What surprised me most in reading this book was the fact that, after enormous battles like Verdun and the Somme, and four years of what was at the time the bloodiest conflict in human history, the war did not end with some climactic battle a la Waterloo.

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HUNDRED DAYS by Nick Lloyd

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As the Americans led the way in launching a joint Allied offensive that pushed the Germans from the environs of Paris, the supreme Allied commander, Ferdinand Foch, could feel that victory was in the air. But one thing that always bothered me was that while the Western Front is covered to extremity, particularly the very start of the war and the slaughterhouse battles of the Somme and Verdun a battlefield which I have personally visited and is quite moving in its terrible and still-scarred grandeur , is how the last and arguably most important stages of the war, the combined Allied offensives after the failure of the German gamble in Spring of 1918, gets overlooked. So, here he is good on how the German Army fell apart under the constant pressure of Allied assaults and how the myth of the 'stab in the back' that Hitler was to feed on - perhaps because he felt it was true - developed. An epic tale ranging from the ravaged fields of Flanders to the revolutionary streets of Berlin, Hundred Days recalls the bravery and sacrifice that finally silenced the guns of Europe. Lloyd describes how they proceeded with detailed descriptions of a dozen immense, half-forgotten offensives Amiens, St. This book covers the last three and a half months of the the fighting on the Western Front of World War I. For the allies the guns fell silent on armistice day.

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Hundred Days, Nick Lloyd

hundred days lloyd nick

Both books are worth reading, but Terraine's is a more ambitious work. First off the Allies were tired, exhausted, and drained of morale. And none that didn't focus on the entirety of the campaign as a whole, not just one side or even one particular ally of one side. The Hundred Days is the story of the Allies' overwhelming defea This book covers the last three and a half months of the the fighting on the Western Front of World War I. Lloyd uses every resource---archives, letters, diaries, books, official accounts, etc.

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Nick Lloyd: Hundred Days (ePUB)

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There was change in how battles were fought, change that resulted to return to a war of movement in 1918, and finally into a victory of the Entente and associated powers. As bad as their blows were hurting the Allies, they were taking considerable losses themselves, and their High Commands insistence of adding strategic objectives as the offensive rolled on only spread out and diffused the German efforts, in effect softening their blows. The bitter four-month struggle that ensued--known as the Hundred Days Campaign--saw some of the bloodiest and most ferocious combat of the Great War, as the Allies grimly worked to break the stalemate in the west and end the conflict that had decimated Europe. They'd be home by Christmas, these fearless young men told themselves - and each other. However, this means that we can overlook the realtively short period in which a conflict that seemed destined to be endless at least to those at the time was brought to a conclusion in a fairly short period albeit with further, significant, loss of life. I had no idea how much gas they used---the Germans more than the Allies. My maternal grandfather was wounded, October 23rd 1918, in one of the last pushes against the Germans in the Meuse-Argonne.

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Hundred Days by Nick Lloyd

hundred days lloyd nick

Major battles included Amiens and the Argonne-Meuse. However, this means that we can overlook the realtively short period in which a conflict that seemed destined to be endless at least to those at the time was brought to a conclusion in a fairly short period albeit with further, significant, loss of life. August 1914 - young men from Britain to Austro-Hungary marched gaily off to war. But it was not the entire story. Nick Lloyd tells the story in a clear and workmanlike manner.

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Hundred Days : Nick Lloyd : 9780465074921

hundred days lloyd nick

There are some historians, not often in military history, who seem to revel in writing that proves how clever they are but ends up being nothing but wanky intellectual frippery. The Armistice, which brought the Great War to an end, marked a seminal moment in modern European and World history. Hundred Days is a bracing re-dramatization of the horrors that were most fresh in the minds of all concerned when those days were over. The last minute nature of the armistice led to confusion and deaths right up to and even past the time of the end of the war. Not only does this book reveal all the other activities, military and political, of the Allies but the increasing tension behind the German High Command and their rapidly devolving political situation throughout the country.

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Hundred Days: The End of the Great War Nick Lloyd

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Using unpublished archive material from five countries, this new account reveals how the Allies - British, French, American and Commonwealth - managed to beat the German Army, by now crippled by indiscipline and ravaged by influenza, and force her leaders to seek peace. Germany signed the Armistice, and the First World War ended. The Armistice was a blessing in disguise for the German Army as it gave them the opportunity to turn home and root out the Communists. This was a book that had to be written. In this compelling and ground-breaking new study, Nick Lloyd examines the last days of the war and asks the question: how did it end? Lloyd, being mainly interested in the Western Front in Belgium and France, hardly mentions Austria at all. Using unpublished archive material from five countries, this new account reveals how the Allies - British, French, American and Commonwealth - managed to beat the German Army, by now crippled by indiscipline and ravaged by influenza, and force her leaders to seek peace. Army, which took much of the strain off an exhausted and dispirited French army.

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Hundred Days: The End Of The Great War by Nick Lloyd

hundred days lloyd nick

Unlike the earlier fighting in the war, this part of the war did not involve trench fighting. I had a little trouble following the geography I'm not the greatest visualizer and everything is small on a Kindle but I found the descriptions of the politics very illuminating. While it seems that such a step would be overly harsh in today's overly sensitive political climate, the truth is that minus that occupation is exactly what gave the conditions time to brew that allowed the rise of the National Socialists. He asks why it is that the Allied victory of 1918 is largely forgotten and blames Allied politicians and German soldiers. Hundred Days does have one great merit. The bitter four-month struggle that ensued-known as the Hundred Days Campaign-saw some of the bloodiest and most ferocious combat of the Great War, as the Allies grimly worked to break the stalemate in the west and end the conflict that had decimated Europe.

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HUNDRED DAYS by Nick Lloyd

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He doesn't bring colour t As the author says, when looking at the First World War, we tend to focus on the futile battle and the slaughter. The French, while tired and almost used up, contributed mightily, regaining honor lost during the mutinies the previous year. Even so, after thoroughly exploring the main narratives in college I mostly focus on the 'forgotten' fronts these days. Lack of understanding this period had great dangers too. The officer who took his eventual surrender put a note on him to make sure he was respectfully treated as a prisoner. The German Army, though in a bad way, was still functional and the Allies did not occupy Germany.

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HUNDRED DAYS by Nick Lloyd

hundred days lloyd nick

Even more interesting is the coverage of the Kaiser's last days in power. He includes maps at the front of the book which detail the battles fought and military lines that had to be crossed by the advancing Allies and defended by the Germans. Much of the German command was delusional about the extent of the danger they were in and had to be convinced by a few more kicks open of their defensive lines. The Allies had perfected the hard lessons they had learned after years of failure. Certainly no one could read this book and doubt that the German army was a soundly defeated force by the late Fall of 1918. The Allies forced the Germans back and then counter-attacked. However the Allies did not win decisively.

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