Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War by Max Hastings

By Max Hastings

From the acclaimed army historian, a brand new heritage of the outbreak of global struggle I: the dramatic stretch from the breakdown of international relations to the battles—the Marne, Ypres, Tannenberg—that marked the frenzied first 12 months sooner than the struggle slowed down within the trenches.

In Catastrophe 1914, Max Hastings offers us a clash varied from the usual considered one of barbed twine, dust and futility. He lines the trail to conflict, making transparent why Germany and Austria-Hungary have been essentially guilty, and describes the gripping first clashes within the West, the place the French military marched into motion in uniforms of crimson and blue with flags flying and bands enjoying. In August, 4 days after the French suffered 27,000 males lifeless overnight, the British fought a unprecedented maintaining motion opposed to oncoming Germans, one of many final of its sort in heritage. In October, at poor fee the British held the allied line opposed to gigantic German attacks within the first conflict of Ypres. Hastings additionally re-creates the lesser-known battles at the japanese entrance, brutal struggles in Serbia, East Prussia and Galicia, the place the Germans, Austrians, Russians and Serbs inflicted 3 million casualties upon each other by means of Christmas. 

As he has performed in his celebrated, award-winning works on global warfare II, Hastings supplies us frank checks of generals and political leaders and masterly analyses of the political currents that led the continent to conflict. He argues passionately opposed to the competition that the battle was once no longer well worth the price, protecting that Germany’s defeat used to be very important to the liberty of Europe. all through we stumble upon statesmen, generals, peasants, housewives and personal squaddies of 7 countries in Hastings’s accustomed combination of top-down and bottom-up debts: generals dismounting to steer troops in bayonet fees over 1,500 toes of open floor; farmers who at the beginning decried the requisition in their horses; infantry males engaged in a haggard retreat, slumbering 4 hours an evening of their haste. this can be a vibrant new portrait of ways a continent grew to become embroiled in battle and what took place hundreds of thousands of fellows and ladies in a clash that might swap everything.

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