Ring of Steel : Germany and Austria-Hungary at War, 1914-1918
by Alexander Watson
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Sunday Times, the History Book of the Year 2014 Wolfson Winner of the 2014 History Award, the 2014 Guggenheim-Lehrman Military History Award, the Society for Military History of 2015 Outstanding Book and the 2015 British Army Military Award Book of the Year For the empires of Germany and Austria-Hungary, the Great War – which began with high hopes for a rapid, spectacular results quickly degenerated as the invasions of France and Serbia ended in disasterFor four years, the fighting, now transformed into a siege on a fairly monstrous scaleEurope has become the centre of a struggle against an unimaginable kindDespite local successes and an apparent triumph of Russia – Germany and Austria-Hungary have never been able to get the Allies out of the steel ringAlexander Watson is new and interesting in the history of the Great War, all major events of the war are considered from the point of view of Berlin and ViennaIt’s basically a story of ordinary peopleIn 1914, both empires were flooded by masses of enthusiasm and their difficulty the elites were only one with the majority of the populationBut the course of the war to put this under the impossible strain, with a fatal break between an ever more extreme and unrealistic number of leadership and a exhausted and bitter peopleIn the end they failed and were overwhelmed by defeat and revolution.
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