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The First World War was one of the most devastating conflicts in our history. The death toll was like nothing experienced before, and it is estimated that over 11 million soldiers were killed, wounded, or went missing, and many of those bodies have never been found. Regardless of how people remember the First World War, and whether or not they romanticize the life of a soldier on the front lines, it is important that the world never forgets this brutal and bloody conflict.
The tumult and chaos that remained in the wake of the First World War had far-reaching and devastating consequences, not just for Europe and the survivors of the war, but for the entire world. The ruins of Europe provided a fertile breeding ground for fierce nationalism, which led to the rise of the Third Reich and allowed the evil of Adolf Hitler to go unchecked for far too long.
In World War 1: A Captivating Guide to the First World War, Including Battle Stories from the Eastern and Western Front and How the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 Impacted the Rise of Nazi Germany you will discover topics such as The Fatal Shots That Set the Stage for War The Western Front and the First Battle of Marne War in the Trenches The Eastern Front and the Battle of Tannenberg The Battle of Ypres and the Christmas Truce Second Battle of Ypres and the Introduction of Chemical Warfare Chemical Warfare on the Western Front My Boy Jack, the Very Human Cost of the First World War The Gallipoli Campaign The Battle of Jutland The Decline of the Russian Empire The Battle of Verdun The Battle of the Somme America Joins the War The Final Days of the War and the Treaty of Versailles World Leaders Who Played a Pivotal Role in the First World War And much, much more!
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This is a quick and interesting introduction to a war that set the stage for many of the major events of the last century. Are you interested in the trench warfare of the Western Front? There are at least eight chapters focused on it, including one each on the major battles of Marne, Ypres, Verdun, and the Somme. If you are curious about chemical warfare during the war, it is discussed in two chapters. Furthermore, there is a detailed timeline of chemical warfare during the First World War. Are you more interested in the more mobile war on the Eastern Front? If so, there are at least two chapters on that. The section on the Brusilov Offensive was especially fascinating to me. Are you more interested in the Gallipoli campaign, naval warfare, or the more personal views of the horror of the war? If so, know that there are chapters on those too. Refresh your memory, or learn for the first time, about the fall of the Russian Empire, the Ottoman Empire, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Finally, observe the early rise of the Third Reich which, partially at least, resulted from some of the errors by the victors. As you can see, I highly recommend this as an introduction into a tragic war that served as a turning point in modern history.
“Captivating History”’s World War 1 is an easy yet informational read for anyone who is interested in this era in military history. It’s a great book for anyone who loves to know details without being forced to read hundreds of uncessary pages!!
I only gave it 4 stars because, in my opinion, it's a little dry. (I honestly would have given it 4.75 stars if I could.) It's also incredibly educational. You will learn a LOT about WWI and the Treaty of Versailles. He is a tad heavy on the numbers of war (dates, casualties, etc), but that is how you have to show how sickening, devastating and sad this war really was. Remember that every casualty was a brother or father or son or husband or friend, not just a number. Also remember that if that brother or father or son or husband or friend didn't return a family was broken and even if they did return he was not remotely the same person he was when he left and thought he would be home by Christmas. The book with Owen's poem “Dulce et Decorum est” and it sums up the entire war from the soldiers p.o.v. in 28 lines. If you're interested in learning about WWI, read this book.
This book presents an interesting view of World war I. It details the agony of war during world was I. It starts with the assassination of Franz Ferdinand while he was visiting Serbia. I learned that over a11 million soldiers where killed, were wounded, or went missing, during World war I. The horrors of trench warfare was presented in a reasonable manner. The largest battle of WW I was well detailed. One interesting aspect of the book was the number of failed attaches that occurred with the allies. Perhaps the biggest factor in the war was the entrance of America, which was sufficient to finally draw a close to the war. The war ended with the treaty of Versailles! The book is generally well written and is sufficiently captivating, as to want to read the book in one sitting.
Full Disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book so that I could submit an early review. However, I volunteered to do early reviews because I really like the model of the Captivating History series. The books are written on a wide variety of historical subjects. They are relatively short, but packed with information, so the reader can get a decent grasp of the subject without making a huge time commitment.
I was pretty impressed at how much detail they were able to include in a relatively short book. WWI, from its causes to the Treaty of Versailles is an expansive topic but they hit the important points very well. There is a good description of events leading up to the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand as well as descriptions of important battles and their significance. For those new to the topic, the book explains the details and horrors of life in the trenches and of the use of chemical weapons. It describes significant points on the western and eastern fronts, including the circumstances surrounding the collapse of the Russian Empire. For such a complex topic, the timelines of significant events and mini-bios of major players are also helpful.
The series also has individual books on The Battle of Verdun and The Battle of the Somme, which I also recommend. World War I is a great, concise history of WWI, which puts the whole war in context. However, the other books, with their focus on a single, massive, and costly battle are able to dive deeper into the details of those battles and describe the incredible human cost of the war, as well as the small variables that can change history and turn the fortunes of war.
I didn't know many details about WWI, so I was most definitely captivated by the new information I was learning! Captivating History's guides are not only entertaining but full of information that makes one want to learn even more about the subject. It's a shame Germany (Hitler) wasn't dealt with appropriately when breaking rules of the Treaty of Versailles! Perhaps if they had WWII would have not come about.
This book gave wonderful and fascinating information that completely held my attention. This book not only discusses the battles that are well known as well as the ones you don't often remember were fought. It also goes into detail about the strategy that the countries involved used and the frustration of trench warfare. You will walk away having learned so much information after reading this book.
Largely an overview of major battles with some background info on how alliances set the stage for the war. The final result felt a little disjointed and like big pieces were left out. Not a book for someone looking for a cohesive narrative covering all aspects of the war. With such a short book I realized they couldn’t have fit everything, but I think they could have done better. Not quite on par with books they’ve done on other subjects.