March to Armistice 1918 - Christopher HaworthLondon: William Kimber, 1968, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Maps;
From the cover: “Christopher Haworth went to the front near Ypres in 1918: an apprentice law writer of just nineteen, full of idealism and perhaps a little priggish. He became a good soldier, though not in the way of the Regular Army; he missed the slogging disillusion of First and Second Ypres, the Battles of the Aisne and Somme. He was typical of the new, amateur army which was needed to replace the flower of the Regular Army who had held the initial German advances in 1914-15. This is a personal, highly individual account of those last epic months of the Great War and from it merges some idea of that un-warlike, unexpected quality which thwarted the plans of Ludendorff and brought us final victory on the Western Front.
The new Army of ‘Pals’ as many City Regiments were named had given their lives from 1915 in various theatres of war throughout the world, contesting the Germans and their allies whenever they met. In March 1918 the Germans launched their great offensive — a desperate bid for outright victory; at first it seemed to be succeeding as the Allies retreated before it, but then it ground to a halt. Ludendorff would not admit failure; in July he tried again. And again he failed. On 8th August, ‘the Black Day of the German Army’, the British offensive started; it was not marked by any spectacular strategic gains, but it was the day on which Ludendorff recognized defeat as inevitable. Everywhere the Allies began to move forward. Very slowly at first; the offensive in the Argonne in September did not achieve the dramatic results for which they had hoped. But gradually it dawned on the troops in the line that the Germans could no longer hold them; if they captured some ground, the Germans could no longer dislodge them. And with this realization came a growing sense of elation as the knowledge of certain victory spread through the ranks.”