- Copertina flessibile: 128 pagine
- Editore: Orion (marzo 1999)
- Collana: GREAT BATTLES
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1900624230
- ISBN-13: 978-1900624237
- Peso di spedizione: 281 g
Great Battles: The Eastern Front 1914-18: Suicide Of The Empires (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – mar 1999
Descrizione del libro
The book describes in clear terms the campaigns which provoked the downfall of the three empires and left the world changed forever
Alan Clark, educated at Eton and Oxford, read for the Bar but did not practise. Tory MP for Plymouth Sutton 1972-1992; Kensington and Chelsea, 1997-99. Various junior ministerial appointments in the Margaret Thatcher and John Major governments of the 1980s. Best-known for his Diaries (three volumes) which The Times placed in the Samuel Pepys class. They were filmed by the BBC with John Hurt as Clark and Jenny Agutter as Jane Clark. Alan Clark died in 1999.
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As the author lays out the events that aided the able German forces in crippling the lumbering Russian army, a number of interesting facts are brought to light--not the least of which was that Tannenberg had been the site of German Army war games and maneuvers that each German officer knew like the back of his hand. What brought little help to the Germans was their Austrian-Hungarian ally--a nearly feudal entity that outmatched even the Russians in incompetence and pointless bureaucracy. The Austrians did excel in one department--that of the massive howitzers produced by their Skoda works--behemoths that dwarfed even the guns of Germany's preeminent arms manufacturer Krupp.
This book has a number of maps and photographs to help and engage the reader. Nevertheless, the author would have done well to include a few more well-marked maps. In particular, I would have appreciated a more detailed mapping of the forces deployed and movements executed at Tannenberg.