A Companion to the Meuse-Argonne Campaign

A Companion to the Meuse-Argonne CampaignA Companion to the Meuse-Argonne Campaign by Edward G. Lengel
ISBN: 1444350943
Published by Wiley-Blackwell on May 5, 2014
Genres: Battles & Campaigns
Pages: 552

This impressive work contains essays by 29 historians on a variety of aspects pertaining to the largest and bloodiest battle in U.S. Army history until the Battle of the Bulge in World War Two. As B. H. Allen wrote in the Academia.edu Literature Review of the book, the battle “is barely even mentioned in most general histories of the Great War.”

The 47-day offensive in 1918 involved 1.2 million doughboys who suffered 122,000 casualties, including more than 26,000 dead. Commander of the American Expeditionary Forces John Pershing wrote that 22 American and 4 French divisions engaged and defeated 47 German divisions. Although the German divisions were smaller, they had the advantage of good defensive terrain and a well-established trench system. They also represented 25 percent of Germany’s divisional strength on the Western Front.

Allen noted that why the American accomplishment is ignored “is a controversy whose lines have predominantly been drawn along national borders. British and Canadian historians, with the notable exceptions of Basil Henry Liddell Hart and John Keegan, have largely dismissed the U.S. contribution as ‘above all psychological.’”

Hopefully, this book will help adjust that impression.

Reviewed by Dana Lombardy, publisher of WWOI

Contesting the German Empire, 1871 – 1918

Contesting the German Empire, 1871 – 1918Contesting the German Empire, 1871 - 1918 by Matthew Jefferies
ISBN: 1405129972
Published by Wiley-Blackwell on January 3rd 2008
Genres: Germany, History, General, Europe, Historiography, Modern, 19th Century
Pages: 242

Len's Summary: A bottom-up examination of the dynamics of politicization under Bismarck and Wilhelm II; “democracy in an undemocratic state.” Germany had universal male suffrage from 1871, but lacked parliamentary control over anything but the budget as government as ministers remained responsible only to the Kaiser who often became a spanner in the works.

Empires, Soldiers, and Citizens: A World War I Sourcebook

Empires, Soldiers, and Citizens: A World War I SourcebookEmpires, Soldiers, and Citizens: A World War I Sourcebook by Marilyn Shevin Coetzee, Frans Coetzee
ISBN: 9780470655825
Published by Wiley-Blackwell on September 17th 2012
Genres: History, Military, World War II, General
Pages: 408

Len's Summary: Offers eyewitness perspectives on the war on the front lines and at home.