Pyrrhic Victory: French Strategy and Operations in the Great War
As the driving force behind the Allied effort in World War I, France willingly shouldered the heaviest burden. In this masterful book, Robert Doughty explains how and why France assumed this role and offers new insights into French strategy and operational methods.
French leaders, favoring a multi-front strategy, believed the Allies could maintain pressure on several fro...more
As in his other works, the strength of this volume is describing the lessons the French learned from their wartime experiences and how these were applied. While results can often be denigrated (e.g., the Nivelle Offensive in 1917), why such approaches were adopted seem eminently sensible given the personal ...more
The core thesis is that Joffre's strategy in 1914 - that of simultaneous offensives on the Triple Alliance on all fronts u ...more