By James L. Stokesbury
Global struggle i used to be a bloodletting so tremendous and exceptional that for a new release it used to be identified easily because the nice struggle. Casualty lists reached unimagined proportions because the related flooring -- locations like Ypres and the Somme -- was once fought once more and back. different significant bloody battles stay brilliant in reminiscence to at the present time: Gallipoli and the conflict of Jutland are yet examples. Europe used to be at conflict with itself, and the influence on Western civilization was once profound, its repercussions felt even today.
World conflict I observed the advent of contemporary know-how into the army enviornment: The tank, plane, computing device gun, submarine, and -- such a lot deadly of all -- poison fuel, all obtained their first common use. Professor Stokesbury analyzes those technological concepts and the war's advanced army campaigns in lucid aspect. even as he discusses the nice political occasions that opened up through the warfare, equivalent to the Russian Revolution and the tip of the Hapsburg dynasty, placing the social and political part of the conflict into the context of contemporary eu history.
A brief historical past of worldwide warfare I is the 1st background of this warfare to be written in two decades. It accommodates fresh study and present wondering the battle in a hugely readable and vigorous variety.
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Our Government was intent on supplying whatever the Russians asked for, as fast as we could get it to them-and I was one of the expediters. And when I say "our Government," I mean of course Harry Hopkins, the man in charge of Lend-Lease, and his aides . We in the Army knew where the orders were coming from, and so did the Russians . The "pushbutton system" worked splendidly ; no one knew it better than Colonel Kotikov . One afternoon Colonel Kotikov called me to the door of the hangar . He pointed to a small plane which bore a red star in a white circle .
Kane, took him to task . The flier answered rudely : "I got eight Nazi planes . " As I entered the Officers' Mess, in response to Mr. Ani simov's invitation, I noticed that the Americans kept apart, on the other side of the dining-hall, where women were not allowed. The Russians, on the other hand, were sitting with their wives, and with girl translators. I looked for my host, but could not spot him . Suddenly the Russians stopped eating, thrust their hands under the tables, and sat at attention .
Seconds seemed like hours . I looked down on Edmonton and wondered in what part of the town I would land if I had to jump . 64 FROM MAJOR JORDAN'S' DIARY Colonel d'Arce announced that my report was "raising the roof," and that Colonel Gaffney had been summoned to Washington by the Chief of Staff of the Army Air Forces, Major General E . Stratemeyer . Gaffney wanted to see me when he passed through Great Falls, Colonel d'Arce continued. I was eligible for some leave, and if I liked he would get orders cut for me to go to Seattle or San Francisco .
A Short History of World War I by James L. Stokesbury