No Man's Land: 1918, the Last Year of the Great War - John TolandNew York: Smithmark, 1995, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
From the cover: “January 1918: in the freezing trenches of the Western Front, millions of muddy, war-weary soldiers suffered, bled, and died under the heaviest hail of explosives the fully mobilized industries of the Great Nations could deliver, while in palaces and ministries of war far behind the lines their generals planned ever more costly, ever more destructive offensives in the attempt to break a stalemate that had already lasted almost three years. No Man’s Land is the story of the climactic final year of World War I, a conflict whose battles were so colossal that a hundred thousand men might die in a single day.
As 1918 began the German General Staff was confident that their next big push would finish the Allies once and for all before American armies could enter the field and shift the balance of power. But the end of the year saw the arrogant Prussians suing for peace as the humbled Kaiser went into saberless exile in Holland and the rest of the survivors began the long process of recovering from a war that had forever ended the old order for victors and vanquished alike.
Woodrow Wilson, Lloyd George, Ludendorff, Clemenceau, Foch, Haig, Pershing, and Lenin are among the leaders portrayed here, as well as others whose destiny had not yet arrived, like Adolf Hitler and Winston Churchill. The soldiers are here, too, as this panoramic history shuttles between the front lines and the capitols of Europe. Using eyewitness accounts, memoirs, diaries, and other contemporary documents, John Toland covers this fascinating but complex subject both clearly and comprehensively, from the carnage at Cambrai and Belleau Wood to Paris and London, Berlin and Washington, where diplomats, statesmen, and, above all, soldiers quibbled, quarrelled, and compromised, negotiated the treaties, set the policies, and laid the plans that shaped the twentieth century.”