(Eleventh Month Eleventh Day Eleventh Hour Armistice Day 1918) [E–book] Ñ Joseph E. Persico

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  • Eleventh Month Eleventh Day Eleventh Hour Armistice Day 1918
  • Joseph E. Persico
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  • 16 June 2019
  • 9780375760457

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Eleventh Month Eleventh Day Eleventh Hour Armistice Day 1918 summary ¸ 108 Fered than during the D Day invasion of Normandy Why Allied commanders wanted to punish the enemy to the very last moment and career officers saw a fast fading chance for glory and promotion Joseph E Persico puts the reader in the trenches with the forgotten and the famous among the latter Corporal Adolf Hitler Captain Harry Truman and Colonels Douglas MacArthur and George Patton Ma. I vividly remember reading The Donkeys by Alan Clarke the title comes from the phrase lions led by donkeys many years ago that described the total incompetence of the British Expeditionary Force generals in WW I They were completely unable to adapt to new technologies and insisted on fighting with tactics of previous wars Joseph Persico doesn t let them off lightly either although that s not his primary mission The Eleventh Month Eleventh Day refers to the time and date of the eventual Armistice He jumps back and forth between the Armistice and the deeds that lead up to it a process I found somewhat disconcerting at firstGeneral Douglas Haig a master at manipulating his social contacts eventually rose to the top slimy oil usually does even though he failed the entrance exams to the British Staff College usually a prereuisite for command He also had no regard for the machine gun unremarkable weapon that was to revolutionize the battlefield and kill virtually an entire male generation In one battle it cost the deaths of 9 men per yard gained and in most cases that same piece of ground was traded back within a few days Apparently there is a new book out that attempts to resurrect Haig s reputation but I have not read itLest anyone doubt the power of the cast system Stephen Budiansky in Battle of Wits The Complete Story of Codebreaking in World War II remarks on Robert Graves entrance into the Royal Welsh Fusiliers whose members were expected to have a private income in order to play polo and hunt and keep up the social reputation of that regiment For those odd cases in which the rules were waived as in Graves situation they were always referred to as warts and were informed that they could not expect to receive a medal for any feats on the battlefield The donkeys were a major part of the caste systemPersico uses the last minutes of the war multiple examples of the ending of All uiet on the Western Front great book as a springboard to reflect on events leading up to the last minutes of the war Ironically often the decision when to uit fighting was left up to individual unit commanders and even though they knew the armistice had been signed and exactly when it was to take effect some decided to continue fighting until the absolute last minute Some nifty uotes Douglas MacArthur was an infantry officer known for his bravado and reluctance to stay in proper uniform When asked why he adopted this behavior he replied It s the orders you disobey that make you famous I wonder if Harry Truman was aware of that proclivity Several reviewers have complained the book wasn t kind enough to the generals nor supportive enough of the war in general Tough shit Some 6500 allied soldiers died in the six hours between signing the armistice and 1100 when it was to take effect That s appalling Other reviewers complain it s too elementary or not comprehensive etc NonsenseAfter reading WW I books one is often left with a huge uestion mark just what did the millions of deaths accomplish other than to set the stage for Hitler and the next big one It was cousins fighting each other King George Tsar Nicholas and Kaiser Wilhelm were all grandchildren of ueen Victoria over diplomatic slights and tensions that had been brewing for the previous four decades leading to misperceptions and a continuing battle between those who wanted to whip up a nationalist frenzy and imperialists One can only have wished the family might have slugged it out in the backyard somewhere rather than by killing off almost an entire generation of menPersico has done a marvelous job of integrating individual stories with their context in the larger scheme of things It s very readable and And the peace barely lasted a generation before falling apart

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Eleventh Month Eleventh Day Eleventh Hour Armistice Day 1918 summary ¸ 108 St World War I and Its Violent ClimaxNovember 11 1918 The final hours pulsate with tension as every man in the trenches hopes to escape the melancholy distinction of being the last to die in World War I The Allied generals knew the fighting would end precisely at 1100 AM yet in the final hours they flung men against an already beaten Germany The result Eleven thousand casualties suf. This is a sobering book and not an easy one to digest An observation in the book states that despite 4 years of war the participants still couldn t figure out how to stop the movement to battle Here we follow French British American and German troops as they fight and die minutes before the cease fire at 1100 AM 11111918 and some even after the official end Seldom will you find a blatant example of the madness and waste of war The book jumps between the last day of the war and various times earlier in the conflict all the way back to the start To fully appreciate it you should have a basic familiarity with the major phases and battles from beginning to end The craziness of attacking German machine gun positions at 1040 AM is contrasted with earlier battles Here is a raw view of the battles around Verdunview spoiler GENERALS DEALT WITH war at the wholesale level but troops fought it retail as Ren Naegelen again discovered The fighting ebbed and flowed over the same exhausted ground The village of Fleury was lost retaken and lost again sixteen times in four months Fort Vaux changed hands thirteen times in one month with men dying for ground that would not matter a half hour later Fighting underground was as fierce as that above as both sides honeycombed the surrounding hills with tunnels too low for a grown man to stand in The foes encountered each other like burrowing animals clashing with rifles grenades even machine guns their bullets ricocheting off stone walls tipping end over end causing horrendous wounds The miasma of gunpowder fumes and dust in these airless spaces felled men by asphyxiation The concussive force of grenades rattled men s brains to the point of madnessNaegelen thought he had gone insane He had huddled in a shell hole in front of Fort Vaux with two mates when a shell exploded above them lifting Naegelen from the ground then slamming him back to earth He cautiously moved his arms and legs Nothing he concluded with relief My two friends however lying one upon the other were bleeding Both bodies were torn open and one man unbuttoned his trousers and died urinating on the gaping wound of his comrade Amid the madness Naegelen recalled thinking I was twenty and I had never embraced a woman I had never felt her warm naked skin against my eager body I thought I would die on the very threshold of my wretched life hide spoiler

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Eleventh Month Eleventh Day Eleventh Hour Armistice Day 1918 summary ¸ 108 Inly though he follows ordinary soldiers' lives illuminating their fate as the end approaches Persico sets the last day of the war in historic context with a reprise of all that led up to it from the 1914 assassination of the Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand which ignited the war to the raw racism black doughboys endured except when ordered to advance and die in the war's final hou. What a bookIt s a very touching and intimate look at the last day of the first world war and the time leading up to it But it deals with the men at the front and not the well known leaders far away from the fightingThe book really makes you wonder what it was all about and especially why so many men died after the war had in theory already endedAnyone interested in history and the great war should read it