The Myth Of The Great War: A New Military History Of World War I
Based on previously unused French and German sources, this challenging and controversial new analysis of the war on the Western front from 1914 to 1918 reveals how and why the Germans won the major battles with one-half to one-third fewer casualties than the Allies, and how American troops in 1918 saved the Allies from defeat and a negotiated peace with the Germans.
After showing what was wrong with French and British equipment, strategy, and tactics as compared to those of the Germans, he does not (to my taste) explain in sufficient detail why the Americans were able to win battles so quickly and decisively where the French had failed. This m ...more
Which is a bit unfair to John Mosier, as this is actually an interesting, well-argued account of the military history of the ...more
First of all, I found the tone very arrogant, and I felt a very clear bias throughout the book, which meant that I simply didn't trust what I was being told. The first half to three quarters of the book had some very good points that seemed to be well backed up, although in 'debunking the myths' I wanted some kind of comparison; I didn't know what the 'myths' were to begin ...more
In brief, he claims that superior German technology (primarily in large caliber howitzers and mortars, as well as gas and grenades) and an emphasis on firepower, a de-emphasi ...more
By comparing casualty rates between German attacks and British and French ones, the author manages to show that in all instances the Germans suffered less casualties, inflicted more and achieved greater strategic and tactical gains than the Brit ...more
It makes me want to read more about the First World War.