MUTINY 1917.

Williams, John.


1st ed., 1962. Xi + 257 pp., 8 photo-plates. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Edges foxed o/w V.G. The mutinies of April 1917, which sprang up in the French Army after General Nivelle's mishandling of the Aisne campaign, have never before been comprehensively studied in English. Among the most closely guarded secrets of World War One, they strained the allied defence to the extent of leaving two loyal French divisions alone between the Germans and Paris. With the morale of troops sapped, all their remaining hope had centred upon the success of a massive French attack, intended to break the German front-line in forty-eight hours. Instead they met the enemy's machine-guns at a cost of one hundred thousand lives in five days. In addition the Russian troops, exulting in the Revolution at home, were inciting their French comrades to rebel against the discipline of their traditional masters. During that summer, elements in 54 divisions of the French Army were in open revolt. This is a lively account of a political crisis which resulted in the sensational treason trials of 1918.

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