Kaiserschlacht 1918: The Final German Offensive (Campaign) (英語) ペーパーバック – 1991/9/26
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Osprey's examination of the Kaiserschlacht, which was Germany's last offensive during World War I (1914-1918). The entry of the USA into World War I spelt disaster for Imperial Germany. The massive superiority in men and materials which the Americans could provide meant that if Germany had any chance of winning the war she must do so quickly. Randal Gray describes how, using special 'Stormtrooper' units and high-mobility tactics, the Germans came within a hair's breadth of winning the war, providing a blow by blow account of the daily events of the battle. Although at first glance the Kaiserschlacht was Germany's greatest success of the First World War, in fact its ultimate failure consigned Germany to inevitable defeat.
The German spring offensive of 1918, above all Ludendorff's offensive, wears many names, but none more appropriate than Kaiserschlacht ('Emperor's battle'), the name bestowed on it by General der Infanterie Erich Ludendorff in honour of his sovereign and supreme warlord Kaiser Wilhelm II. 最初のページを読む
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Jokers in the deck that could spoil the Franco-British strategic plan and assist Germany,are the questionable performance of the French troops which were exhausted being bled white for 3 years to the point of numerous mutinies in the French Army. As it appeared from the book the French seemed to be able to somewhat carry their butcher bill enough to help attrit the German Army in their sectors of the line. Still though, Britain has to be concerned about the southern portion of the line. Also the Americans had just recently entered the war and the British also were uncertain of the US's assistance, whether it would be an aid or a liability. As it was US Army involvement from my read of this book was more in a scouting and a supply role with some minor combat duties. With the British "defense in depth", which extended rearward to 15 miles, a soldier might well try to get a billet well behind the front lines without feeling he was dodging combat. After all if the German got 12 miles in the rear he could fight them there as well! (So I bet there was some scrambling for duty assignment and as always the "luck of the draw" in regard to rotation probably had a lot to do with who would live to reproduce themselves. Front line soldiers could surrender to the enemy as well easily feeling they had done their job,knowing the real storm was coming from well behind them.?) The battle seems a question of who is going to run out of large 'body bandaids" first and you would have to say from a read of the book that the Germans with no seapower,landlocked, and near exhaustion from 4 years of war, are going to be the losers even without the Americans engaging them directly in combat. I was wondering however from reading the book how much American aid in supplies etc. contributed to the German defeat. this aspect wasn't really covered. By the way von Richthofen was shot down during one of his "too many trips to the well" sorties during the Kaiserschlacht campaign.(Little bit'a trivia)
The book has five 2D battle maps. Unfortunately, the maps are cluttered and not overly helpful. For example, some maps contain small blue boxes with numbers. Sadly, there is no corresponding key to know what the boxes mean. In contrast, the 3D BEV maps are uncluttered and very helpful. The book has a wide assortment of black and white photos. In many ways, the photos are the most beneficial part of the book. They cover a wide variety of topics that range from action photos, to prisoners of war, to the aftermath of an artillery bombardment. For example, there are pictures of German cavalry in action near St. Quentin. The book has several drawings of individual soldiers, aircraft, and tanks. These color images are helpful in providing an accurate image of equipment and uniforms.
Bottom line: the book has some positive elements. The photos are a definite plus and they bring the narrative to life. The writing style, however, is weak and the reader may struggle to follow the battle or even understand whether the author is talking about a German or British unit. All in all, this is a decent read which can be used to compliment other books on this campaign.
From a modeler's point of view, you should add Osprey's THE OTTOMAN ARMY 1914-1918 for a more complete vision of the turkish army.