1st ed., 1998. Xxxiv + 382 pp., 60 photo & other plates + maps & plans. D.j., 23 x 15cm. Small crease to foot of d.j., o/w Nr.FINE. This acclaimed history by a leading First World War chronicler provides a description of the first momentous months of 1918 when the long stalemate of the trenches was brought to an end by a massive German assault on the Western Front. It broke the British line ' and it almost broke the British Army. This is the account of the historic battle, the long fighting retreat and the vital stand at Amiens which saved the city, secured the fragile line and caused Ludendorff to call off his first ambitious offensive. Above all, it tells of the men, of all nationalities, who were there.