11TH MONTH, 11TH DAY, 11TH HOUR: ARMISTICE DAY 1918. WORLD WAR I AND ITS VIOLENT CLIMAX.

Persico, Joseph E.


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1st ed., 2004. Xvii + 456 pp., several photo-plates + a map. D.j., 24 x 15cm. FINE. This is the story of the last day of World War I. Although generals knew that the fighting would end precisely at 11:00 A.M., many officers saw a last opportunity for glory and advancement, while others merely wanted to kill as many Germans as possible. So superiors ordered their men to engage an already beaten army, resulting in eleven thousand casualties ' more than during the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Using military archives and public records, along with journals and diaries, the author weaves together the eleventh hour experiences of the famous, such as Lloyd George, President Woodrow Wilson, Field Marshal Haig and General Pershing. But more dominantly, he reveals the lives of the ordinary men in the trenches, unsung and unremembered, the British Tommies, French Polius, American Doughboys and German Feldgrau. Where, for example, was the Austrian corporal, Adolf Hitler, on that day ?


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