|About the Book|
For the war-weary Germans, the crucial moment of the long struggle had arrived. Early in 1918, after three and a half years of exhausting conflict, German military leaders seized the opportunity to crack the entrenched stalemate on the Western Front - to gain the victory which had so long eluded them. The forceful, brilliant Ludendorff was in charge now, for Kaiser Wilhelm II had become a mere figurehead and Hindenburg had given Ludendorff the go-ahead to attempt a last ditch breakthrough that would smash the persistent Allies.But America, provoked by unrestricted German submarine warfare, enraged by the dispatch known as the Zimmermann Telegram, entered the conflict. Under the able leadership of General John J. Persshing, U.S. forces soon arrived to bolster the depleted ranks of their gallant British and French comrades.Here is the incisive account of that final heartrendering year of conflict - a year that saw American troops in the fight at last, pushing through the Argonne Forest, and victorious at St. Mihiel- the collapse of Germany- the twisted legacy wrought at Versailles- and the tragic anticlimax suffered by Allied troops in Russia.