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Pyrrhic Victory: French Strategy and Operations in the Great War

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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

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Hardcover, 592 pages
Published November 15th 2005 by Belknap Press
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Eric Walters
Feb 25, 2008 Eric Walters rated it really liked it
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There is little else available in English on the topic and Doughty is undoubtedly the best qualified to write it, given his previous work on the French Army between the World Wars and in 1940.

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
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Matt Caris
Nov 06, 2016 Matt Caris rated it it was amazing
A tremendous review of the French effort in World War I, certainly the best use of French sources by an American writer on the war that I've seen or heard of. Doughty provides a balanced assessment of key personalities in the French war effort like Joffre, Petain, Foch, and Nivelle, and also a sound and fair evaluation of the strategic and operational efforts they undertook.

The core thesis is that Joffre's strategy in 1914 - that of simultaneous offensives on the Triple Alliance on all fronts u
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AskHistorians
Offers a solid, comprehensive account of France's military aims, strategies and achievements. Works of this sort are essential to correcting the general perception of the war, which tends to diminish or even forget the massive role the French played on the Western Front -- it wasn't just Tommy versus Fritz. Anyway, this volume gives a good overview of the "spirit of the offensive," the decisions that lay behind it, and the ways in which the French attempted to adapt to the realities of the ...more
Melanie
Mar 20, 2016 Melanie rated it it was ok
The detailed deconstruction of troop movements and political strategy was a bit much for someone wanting a general understanding of the French military in WWI.
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