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by Alan Warwick Palmer

Category: Military
Subcategory: History books
Author: Alan Warwick Palmer
ISBN: 0871138034
ISBN13: 978-0871138033
Language: English
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Pr; 1st American ed edition (January 2000)
Pages: 368
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Victory 1918 is rife with tales of horrible misunderstandings: The Austrian Emperor Charles's appeal for peace on September . Distinguished historian Alan Palmer revises this received wisdom in his excellent book Victory 1918.

Victory 1918 is rife with tales of horrible misunderstandings: The Austrian Emperor Charles's appeal for peace on September 1. Historians have usually argued that the German Army exhausted itself in its final gambit, a titanic push toward Paris in the late months of 1918. Palmer disagrees, contending that Allied offensives in Italy, Greece, Mesopotamia, and France kicked the props out from under the German Empire in the early months of the war's final year.

Alan Warwick Palmer (born 1926) is a British author of historical and biographical books. Palmer was educated at Bancroft's School, Woodford Green, London, and Oriel College, Oxford. His late wife, Veronica Palmer collaborated on several of his books. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1980.

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Victory 1918 is rife with tales of horrible misunderstandings: The Austrian Emperor Charles's appeal for peace on September 14, 1918, was thought by the allies to be a trick and, if taken seriously, could have saved as many as a quarter of a million lives.

The Allied victory over Germany in 1918 and its long-range consequences are examined here in an unsparing portrait of the diplomatic blunders, horrific violence, and colorful personalities that circled around this momentous event.

Alan Warwick Palmer's history books range widely in subject matter and tone, from serious works, such as The .

Alan Warwick Palmer's history books range widely in subject matter and tone, from serious works, such as The Decline and Fall of the Ottoman Empire, to lighter volumes such as Who's Who in Shakespeare's England. Palmer is perhaps best known for his reference-style histories and chronologies, some of which he wrote with his wife.

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Palmer was educated at Bancroft's School, Woodford Green, London, and Oriel College, Oxford.

Alan Palmer details all its aspects in an illuminating history of the place as much as the fighting man's . Alan Palmer is an author and historian

Alan Palmer details all its aspects in an illuminating history of the place as much as the fighting man's experience. Alan Palmer is an author and historian. His many critically acclaimed works include Alexander I: Tsar of War and Peace, Metternich, Councillor of Europe and The Decline and Fall of the Ottoman Empire. Among Alan Palmer's books are Napoleon in Russia, Metternich, Alexander I and Twilight of the Habsburgs.

Victory 1918 is rife with tales of horrible misunderstandings: The Austrian Emperor Charles's appeal for peace on September 14, 1918, was thought by the allies to be a trick and, if taken seriously, could have saved as many as a quarter of a million lives.
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Sharpbringer
"Victory 1918" addresses primarily the "side show " battles of WWI in southern Europe , the Balkans and the Middle East. These conflicts were intended to kick the support from the German offensive in Western Europe. As the bloodletting stalemate continued in France, strategy and tactics ruled around the Mediterranean and into Africa, which ultimately broke the lines of the offensive. I found this book very informative of an era with which I was not really familiar. Lawrence of Arabia, for example, was not necessarily the heroic figure of the popular press. In Europe, the mounting distress of the German command and their unwillingness to acknowledge their predicament could be a lesson to us all. The book makes clear through the onerous Armistice terms and the rebelliousness of segments of the German society, that the seeds of WWII were being sown.
Like other Kindle history books I have read, there is a disadvantage to the format. There are usually no maps; those there may be are too small and not interactive. History books usually contain extensive notes- it's difficult to find them, and equally difficult to get back to where you were, to the point that I usually don't read them, my loss. There is apt to be a huge cast of characters, and a descriptive list of them again, is not easily accessible. All that said, this book is very well written, with much local color and anecdotes, and as much humor as could be expected from a recounting of such a catastrophe. I would recommend it to anyone interested in WWI.
Kage
None alive now preserve a living memory of how close a thing was the victory of the Allies in The Great War. Its nerve exhausting impact upon Europe and the world are buried under the greater atrocities of the succeeding Second World War and the associated barbarities perpetrated by the dictatorships which spawned in the aftermath of the first Great War. Palmer brings to life the blind fumbling groping of those great wounded combatant armies for a conclusion to the war by arms before all was lost by complete mutual exhaustion. Germany almost won. All suffered psychic wounds that shaped the rest of the century and have consequences to this day, especially in the ethnic aspirations for independent nationhood which were encouraged by Wilsonian naivete. Reading the work informs the reader that politicians and statesmen always stumble toward a dimly perceived future, hoping that it will not prove disastrous in its realization.
ᵀᴴᴱ ᴼᴿᴵᴳᴵᴻᴬᴸ
I expected a discussion of the changes to the Western Front resulting from the "Michael" offensive and the new technology and tactics that ended the trench warfare. That was barely mentioned. Instead, the author chose to focus on many other factors contributing to the end of the war. These include the effects of the battles in other theaters, especially Salonika, Palestine and along the Ozano. They also include the political decision-making in France, England and Germany. Economic impacts and the effect of the American arrival on the battlefront are also discussed. In short, this was a more complete book than I expected.
Vinainl
An eminently readable book about, to my mind at least, the most important part of the "peace" effort -- the psychology of the various winning parties and how that drove them to do what they did at the war's end point. Thus, the book's real insight: its underlying assertion of a culture horrifically alienated from its own flesh and blood, which leads to - to my thought at least - the thought that the war could never have ended better than it began. Or how could we ever expect the people who started the war with such a combination of venality and misplaced honor ever end it in anything that would not equal the disaster of that start. A book well worth reading for those still trying to understand the collapse of western civilization that the first world war represented.
Boyn
Many of us have been taught the origins of the First World War in some detail but I never really understood how the Armistice came about at the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day in November 1918. This book takes you on the journey. I never realised it was by no means clear even months or weeks before that the end was in sight for either side. The fact that there were number of Armistices across Europe and the Middle East never occurred to me before. How everything came together to end the war of all wars is a fascinating and harrowing story. Carnage and loss destroyed the illusion of "Glorious Victory". The fact that most civilians, victors and losers, were desperate for peace, led to the phrase "Lest We Forget". The irony is that the world today, has forgotten.
Kikora
Fairly comprehensive primarily military history of World War I. First couple of years are as might be expected by title are covered cursorily with little coverage of Eastern front. Significant amount of coverage is given to the Western front and decent amount of the war in the Balkans, Italy and the Near East campaigns. What strikes one is the appalling slaughter of troops generated by leaders continuing to follow outmoded military tactics.
anneli
Full of facts and circumstances of the war, especially beyond the trenches of France. Interesting background on the many flawed characters who created a monstrous war which devoured the lives of soldiers as if they were popcorn. I admit that I skipped through many chapters, so my opinion should be taken with a grain of salt. It is so clear when all the various treaties have been inked, that the parties will be revisiting these disputes.
WWI began 100 years ago, the same year that Frank Sinatra was born. Doesn't seem so long ago now that I am nearly 70. This is essential reading for anyone with an interest in history or current day politics. In retrospect this war appears to have been absolutely irrational and utterly stupid. Puts current day politics in perspective. "If we cannot learn from the mistakes of the past, we are condemned to repeat them."
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