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The Last of the Ebb: The Battle of the Aisne, 1918

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In 1918, the Germans launched the Spring Offensive. Aware that American troops would soon be arriving in Europe, the Germans saw this as their last chance to win the war. If they could overcome the Allied armies and reach Paris, victory might be possible. The German offensive was initially a great success. Striking at the Allied line’s strongest point, the Chemin des Dames ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published August 15th 2007 by Greenhill Books
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Mike
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
One of my favorite reads is the original source, someone who was there and reports back first hand. This book is written by a young staff officer (who also wrote a book on his time on the Somme). This is almost the penultimate attack by the Germans before they begin the long retreat to defeat in November. But in May 1918, the British are about to suffer a terrible defeat first. The IXth British Corp, 8th, 21st, 25th and 50th Divisions, mauled by earlier German attacks, are sent to the quiet Cham ...more
Gregg Brewer
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
To date the best book I have read on the First World War. It is true I prefer first person accounts and that is what you will find in, The Last of the Ebb: The Battle of the Aisne, 1918. This title is near one of the best of the genre, With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa, a classic personal account of the Second World War in the Pacific.

In The Last of the Ebb, you will follow the author as his depleted division is sent to a quiet section of the front for rest and rehabilitation only to f
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Harry
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book.
The story was told from a personal perspective, and the clear writing style is easy to follow.
The transition from the unsullied nature of the front line at the Chemin Des Dames to the chaos of the powerful phase of the Spring Offensive is told through the eyes of a British officer involved in the battle.
This book does cover the 1918 Aisne battle, and it's the only firsthand account of this battle that I've come across in my WWI reading.
The final chapter, written by the German
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Robert
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Good first person account of the battle from the British point of view with a bonus chapter giving the German perspective from the German Corps level. Recommended for anyone interested in WWI especially that last year of 1918 but don't by any means limit yourself to just this book. My copy is the Greenhill reprint of the 1931 original edition and at least in this format it's a quick easy read.
Richard
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Rogerson's works are good, easy, reads. As far as primary sources go, they are a little light on useful quotations. Rogerson comes off as a bit Junger circa Copse 125 and a bit Robert Graves. Worth the read, but it isn't going to help you in many papers.
Lukas
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
A point of view from a high(er) ranking officer. Certainly was in harms way but not the front line, grenade tossing poilu. Very well written book - reads easy and quickly.
Gareth Owens
Dec 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Poignant tale by someone who was there. Old-fashioned writin g style, but a fascinating first-hand account.
Wanda
Sep 23, 2014 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Wanda by: Aussie Rick
23 SEP 2014 -- recommended by Aussie Rick. Many thanks!
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