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1918 the Unexpected Victory (Cassell Military Paperbacks) Paperback – May, 2000
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Top Customer Reviews
On my previous reading I was new to the topic so the detailed descriptions of the military actions were a bit over my head and a bit too detailed. This time I was much more comfortable with it, but I would have liked some more maps. I'm pretty sure the author gets his east and west mixed up sometimes, too.
In a very short book there must be omissions, and the book does concentrate on the actions involving the British armies, because they were the most significant, but it would have been nice to read a couple of pages more on the American and, particularly, Belgian contributions to this final campaign.
I felt the final analyses of the reasons for the "unexpected victory" and of the possible alternative scenarios that might have occurred were pretty insightful and accurate.
The book is interesting as a counter to the usual First World War reading which is a history of slow learning and massive incompetence at both political and military levels resulting in terrible casualty counts for no appreciable result. Here we have a military establishment which has finally absorbed the lessons on how to proceed, still suffering terrible casualties but driving forward to eventual victory.