The World Crisis, 1911-1918

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Simon and Schuster, 06 հոկ, 2005 թ. - 857 էջ
As first lord of the admiralty and minister for war and air, Churchill stood resolute at the center of international affairs. In this classic account, he dramatically details how the tides of despair and triumph flowed and ebbed as the political and military leaders of the time navigated the dangerous currents of world conflict.

Churchill vividly recounts the major campaigns that shaped the war: the furious attacks of the Marne, the naval maneuvers off Jutland, Verdun's “soul-stirring frenzy,” and the surprising victory of Chemins des Dames. Here, too, he re-creates the dawn of modern warfare: the buzz of airplanes overhead, trench combat, artillery thunder, and the threat of chemical warfare. In Churchill's inimitable voice we hear how “the war to end all wars” instead gave birth to every war that would follow, including the current war in Iraq. Written with unprecedented flair and knowledge of the events, The World Crisis remains the single greatest history of World War I, essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the twentieth century.
 

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The Vials of Wrath
3
Milestones to Armageddon
14
The Crisis of Agadir
26
At the Admiralty
48
The North Sea Front
71
Ireland and the European Balance
85
The Crisis
94
The Mobilization of the Navy
111
Proposed Admiralty Order of March 23 4023
438
After the Landing
444
The Fall of the Government
456
The Darkening Scene
474
The Battle of Suvla Bay
489
The Ruin of the Balkans
507
The Abandonment of the Dardanelles
525
The Consequences of 1915
535

The Passage of the Army
123
The Escape of the GOEBEN
138
The Invasion of France
141
The Marne
152
The MarneThe Turnabout
158
The War at Sea
169
Home Waters 19091
174
Antwerp and the Channel Ports
188
Lord Fisher
211
Coronel and the Falklands
226
The Bombardment of Scarborough and Hartlepool
251
Operations of December 16 1914 26869
259
Turkey and the Balkans
273
The Deadlock in the West
291
The Origin of Tanks and Smoke
303
The Choice
317
The Action of the Dogger Bank January 24
330
Second Thoughts and Final Decision
347
The Genesis of the Military Attack
360
Fall of the Outer Forts and the Second Greek Offer
373
The New Resolve
383
The Eighteenth of March
394
Admiral de Robecks Change of Plan
405
The First Defeat of the Uboats
415
The Increasing Tension
425
The Battle of the Beaches
432
19161918
536
The Blood Test
549
Falkenhayns Choice
568
Verdun
580
Verdun February 1916
588
the Preliminaries
599
The Battle of JutlandThe First Contact
611
Enemy Battleships in Sight
617
the Encounter
619
Deployment Diagrams
624
The Battle of the Somme
652
The Roumanian Disaster
669
The Intervention of the United States
684
General Nivelles Experiment
698
At the Ministry of Munitions
720
Britain Conquers the Uboats
736
The German Concentration in the West
753
The Twentyfirst of March
763
The Climax
779
The Surprise of the Chemin des Dames
791
The Turn of the Tide
801
The Teutonic Collapse
815
Victory
823
Appendix
845
Index
849
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Winston Churchill (1874-1965) was prime minister of Great Britain from 1940-1945 and 1951-1955. A prolific writer, whose works include The Second World War and A History of the English Speaking Peoples, Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953.

Martin Gilbert was named Winston Churchill's official biographer in 1968. He is the author of seventy-five books, among them the single-volume Churchill: A Life, his twin histories The First World War and The Second World War, the comprehensive Israel: A History, and his three-volume History of the Twentieth Century. An Honorary Fellow of Merton College, Oxford, and a Distinguished Fellow of Hillsdale College, Michigan, he was knighted in 1995 "for services to British history and international relations," and in 1999 he was awarded a Doctorate of Literature by the University of Oxford for the totality of his published work.

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