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This multi-volume series in seven parts is the first English-language translation of Der Weltkrieg, the German official history of the First World War. Originally produced between 1925 and 1944 using classified archival records that were destroyed in the aftermath of the Second World War, Der Weltkrieg is the untold story of Germany’s experience on the Western front, in the words of its official historians, making it vital to the study of the war and official memory in Weimar and Nazi Germany. Although exciting new sources have recently been uncovered in former Soviet archives, this work remains the basis of future scholarship. It is essential reading for any scholar, graduate student, or enthusiast of the Great War.

This volume, the first of the series to appear in print, focuses on 1915, the first year of trench warfare. For the first time in the history of warfare, poison gas was used against French and Canadian troops at Ypres. Meanwhile, conflict raged in the German High Command over the political and military direction of the war. The year 1915 also set the stage for the bloodbath at Verdun and sealed the fate of the German Supreme Commander, Erich von Falkenhayn. This is the official version of that story.

Foreword by Hew Strachan

Co-published with the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. list of maps, sketches,and figures
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. foreword
  2. pp. xiii-xx
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  1. acknowledgements
  2. pp. xxi-xxiv
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  1. introduction
  2. pp. xxv-xxxviii
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  1. a note on the translationand sources
  2. pp. xxxix-xli
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  1. Maps
  2. pp. xlii-xliv
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  1. PART I
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. The Question of the War’s Centre of Gravity in January
  2. pp. 3-20
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  1. 2. The Western Front to the Middle of April
  2. pp. 21-80
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  1. 3. The Change in Falkenhayn’s Plans
  2. pp. 81-130
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  1. PART II
  2. pp. 131-132
  1. 4. The General Situation of the Central Powers in May
  2. pp. 133-154
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  1. 5. The Western Front from the Middle of April to the Beginning of August
  2. pp. 155-218
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  1. 6. Overview of the Multi-Front War during the Summer
  2. pp. 219-234
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  1. PART III
  2. pp. 235-236
  1. 7. Overview of the Military Situation to the Middle of September
  2. pp. 237-240
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  1. 8. The Western Front from Mid-Augustto the Beginning of theAutumn Offensive
  2. pp. 241-274
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  1. 9. The Autumn Offensive in the Artois and Champagne
  2. pp. 275-340
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  1. 10. The Western Front to the End of the Year
  2. pp. 341-366
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  1. 11. The Central Powers’ Situationat the End of 1915
  2. pp. 367-378
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  1. Appendices
  2. pp. 379-388
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 389-396
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 397-413
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781554588268
Related ISBN
9781554580514
MARC Record
OCLC
716060671
Pages
462
Launched on MUSE
2012-06-08
Language
English
Open Access
No
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