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 articipants 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 Gangbang Slut phases and battles from beginning to end The craziness of attacking German machine gunositions 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 One Con Glory 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 11th Month 11th Day 11th Hour by Joseph Persico is an interesting and captivating book covering not only the final moments of the Great War but also offering a general history of the war from its beginning in 1914 The author follows a number of characters great and small throughout the narrative We follow theaths and final fate of a number of soldiers from America Britain France and Germany We also get glimpses of those who control their destiny Foch Haig Hindenburg and Pershing The story is well told and you ll find yourself following the lives of these men and women intensely mostly with the knowledge of what is to come but still drawn into the final agonising moments before the end The book can jump about a little from 1914 to 1918 as mentioned by revious reviewers however I did not find that this detracted from the story and felt it worked well enough The book has received a few negative reviews in my country Australia mainly for the fact that the author tends to miss the other allies Australia New Zealand who were fighting along side the Americans The Australian Imperial Force AIF served from 1915 to 1918 on the Western Front and as a whole suffered a casualty rate of 65% the highest of any Allied army in WW1 However I can see that this book has been written mainly for an American audience and I think it has done well The author s intent to show the terribly tragedy of that final day the waste of soldiers lives by Generals in an attempt to comply with criminal inept and stupid orders from higher up comes through strongly Regardless of which nation those soldiers served it s a well told story and one that needed to be told I have read a uite a number of books on the Great War but this is one of the first to bring home the futility of some of the actions carried out by supposedly intelligent leaders commanders I hope that we never forget the sacrifice made by all the combatants willing or not in this most terrible War 11th Month 11th Day 11th Hour is a book that both engages and frustrates at the same time Considering the book s title as well as its subtitle Armistice Day 1918 I began reading this book thinking that Joseph Persico was going to do an in depth look at the final day of fighting in World War I However this is not necessarily the case because if you ll notice there s a second World War I However this is not necessarily the case because if you ll notice there s a second to the book World War I and It s Violent Climax Persico starts off by focusing on individuals on both sides of the trenches as the final hour of the wa The mark of a great book is when the contents of it bother you so much you toss and turn at night and you call your friends and family members and share the gripping details of the book The
*Eleventh Month Eleventh Day Eleventh Hour is such a bookThey say that it would take something like a week and *Month Eleventh Day Eleventh Hour is such a bookThey say that it would take something like a week and half for the war dead on the Western Front to arade ast you if marching four abreast For every one British soldier killed in WWII three were killed in WWI It was mass slaughter on a scale that no one had ever seen before so great that this was coined the war to end all wars But as the author said only those killed
in the war have seen the last war Why was it necessary for the Allies to lan a last the war have seen the last war Why was it necessary for the Allies to Tangled Webs (The Black Jewels, plan a last offensive on the morning of the last day of the war when both sides knew that an Armistice was to go into effect at 11 AM So that some General officer sitting in a map room could run the British Cavalr. St World War I and Its Violent ClimaxNovember 11 1918 The final hoursulsate 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 recisely at 1100 AM yet in the final hours they flung men against an already beaten Germany The result Eleven thousand casualties suf. Y triumphantly down the streets of Mons on the last morning of the war I was sickened by the fact that Canadian soldiers found veterans of first Mons among the dead on that last needless charge At least several AEF Divisional commanders thought that this was ludicrous and found ways to Elisabeth Shue 135 Success Facts - Everything You Need to Know about Elisabeth Shue protect their men the last morning Still men were killed on the last morning of WWI than were killed on D Day of WWII Eight years after the war s end BEF Field Marshal Douglas Haig wrote a book or article about horse cavalry being the deciding factor in the next war I think this says all that you need to know about Field Marshal Haig What happened on the last morning of WWI was criminal I vividly remember reading The Donkeys by Alan Clarke the title comes from thehrase 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 revious wars Joseph Persico doesn t let them off lightly either although that s not his rimary 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 rocess 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 rereuisite 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 Gone (Gone, per yard gained and in most cases that sameiece 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 Threads Of The Shroud 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 arivate income in order to All Seated on the Ground playolo 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 Untitled. 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 inroper 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 roclivity Several reviewers have complained the Truman was aware of that roclivity Several reviewers have complained the 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 died in the six hours between signing the 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 Against All Odds 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 theeace barely lasted a generation before falling apart 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 About 10 years ago I watched a TV documentary called The Last Day of World War One Jingling Daddys Bells BDSM Menage presented by Michael Palin I was absolutely stunned by the extent of fighting that went on during the morning of 11 November 1918 and by the officers who ordered attacks even when they knew the Armistice had been signed Joseph Persico had been one of the historians who featured in the documentary and that was one of the reasons I wanted to read thisThe book wasn t entirely what I had expected I had thought it would concentrate on the last few days of the War but much of the book is taken up with a basic history of the conflict starting all the way back at the assassination of Franz Ferdinand I would say that as a history of WWI it s very basic From 1918 onwards the book becomes a history of the AEF rather than a history of the war as a whole Actually for me this section was uite informative as I hadn treviously read much about the AEF in 1918 The auth. Fered than during the D Day invasion of Normandy Why Allied commanders wanted to The DOS punish the enemy to the very last moment and career officers saw a fast fading chance for glory andromotion Joseph E Persico uts 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. ,
FREE READ Eleventh Month Eleventh Day Eleventh Hour Armistice Day 1918Or tries to tell the story from the erspective of the ordinary soldier though at the same time he is Sleep, Circadian Rhythms, and Metabolism partial to focusing onarticipants who became famous in later years such as Adolf Hitler Harry Truman and Douglas MacArthurThe book is at its best when it concentrates on the violent and tragic last day The author creates the impression that on the Allied side it was the Americans who did most though not all of the fighting on 11 November The TV documentary I mention above suggested the same thing This may have derived from the fact that Gen Pershing had been strongly against the idea of accepting the German reuest for an Armistice arguing that the German Army should have been forced to surrender Pershing believed that allowing the German Army to march home in good order would allow Germany to claim it had not really been defeated and the author uotes Pershing as saying What I dread is that Germany doesn t know she was licked Had they given us another week we d have taught them Frustrated in his aim Pershing thought the AEF should Treasons, Stratagems, And Spoils press home attacks on 11th November to give Germany a message about theower of the US ArmySubseuent events Payment Due provide strong evidence that Pershing was right about the effect of the Armistice but it s hard to see how he thought a few hours of fighting on 11th November would stay in the German memory longer than the 4 years of slaughter that had gone beforehand A lot of American lives were lost as a result of the decision to launch futile attacks after the Armistice had been signed and one subordinate commander Gen William M Wright launched an assault on the town of Stenay with a justification that bordered on lunacy The British High Command also ordered an attack on the Belgian town of Mons for theurely symbolic reason that it was where the BEF had first encountered the German Army in 1914The Vampireville (Vampire Kisses, point has been made of course that deaths which occurred on 11 November 1918 were no or less tragic than any other deaths during the war but there does seem to be somethingarticularly Pirate of the Pacific (Doc Savage, poignant about those killed in the last few minutes sent against an enemy who had already acknowledged defeat From the author s introduction Myurpose here is not to offer still another history of the war though I follow its The Rich and the Profane (Lovejoy, progression from 1914 to 1918 I am also impatient withresentations of mankind s most violent behavior as if it were a map exercise with Jones rolling up Smith s flank while the 104th supports a strategic withdrawal by the 105th And while the role of field marshals and generals is necessarily Turbulence portrayed the truerotagonists of this story are the men in the trenches for whom what in the map rooms looked like a chess match became transmuted into titanic violations of flesh and blood The reason I have written an account anchored to the last day of World War I is that the carnage that went on up to the final minute so Tropical Bioproductivity perfectly captures the essential futility of the entire war The mayhem of the last day was no different from what had been going on for therevious 1560 days Much of Persico s information comes from diaries letters and journals of soldiers
Giving His Book A Feel Than Your Run Ofhis book a feel than your run of mill war history It can be very difficult reading Prepare to feel than once as if you have been unched in the gut or dropped from a cliff You will finally understand why certain names still ring with the sound OF SHELLFIRE AND WEEPING SOMME VERDUN PASSCHENDAELE YOU WILL shellfire and weeping Somme Verdun Passchendaele You will than onceI did If you have never read about World War I and you decide to read just one book on this topic during your entire lifetime you must make this that one book It is that stunning and tells much about The War To End All Wars than anything else ever could This is such a well documented book offering not only to give an insight on what on the 11th November but also throughout the 4 gruesome years of the war If there s one thing I could reproach it it d just be Persico s overlook of other nation s role in this war He focuses mainly on Germany England France and the US We re given a brief overview of Russia Serbia Austria and Turkey s respective roles in the war India was then under the British colony which meant that 16 of the British army were Indians He fails to mention their role in the war All in all however this book is a detailed account of what happened of what was lost and what was gained in short nothing Persico does a great job in explaining the strategies and the futility of the war He brings emotions from the ast letters of soldiers to their familiesIf I had to describe WW1 in one word after reading this book futile What an eye opener Going into this book I didn t have much of an appreciation for WWI the events of the war or its legacy WWI blows my mind in scale depravity human loss and the absurdity of it all Over 10 million men lost their lives in the war Another 30 million wounded or missing This book takes scores of Die Postmoderne Konstellation personal stories from the men who lived the war in the trenches and battlefields anduts them in the larger Folk Tales From the Soviet Union perspective By the end you have theicture of a war started by a Ulysses and the Trojan War political assassination blown out ofroportion by ill conceived regional alliances Tall, Dark Rich propagated by ambition retribution and hate espoused by generals and other decision makers and finally a war ended by an armistice to stop the slaughter Inarticular this book makes the The Collector's Encyclopedia of Antique Marbles point that even though the allied generals had confirmation of theending armistice they STILL Taught to Obey pushed the war machine forward to the very last minute In other words even knowing that they had essentially won the war they nonetheless continued sending thousands of young men to their deaths on the battlefield And why Pride Tounish those Germans It was insanity It was criminal It makes for sad commentary on the human rac. 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.