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The Catastrophe of 8 August 1918

14/Oct/2019
German History, World War I
456
Hardback
153mm x 230mm
9781922265043
$34.99

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Thilo von Bose’s 1930 book The Catastrophe of 8 August 1918 was the 36th and last volume in a series of popular semi-official German histories of the First World War. It documents in great detail the ‘black day of the German Army’ at the Battle of Amiens in August 1918, a turning point that set the Allies on the road to victory just 100 days later. With considerable moral courage, Bose describes the causes and catastrophic nature of the defeat inflicted by a combined force of Australian, Canadian, French and British troops. Alongside his powerful critique of the failure of German command, Bose tells the human story of German soldiers as individuals rather than an anonymous field-grey mass.

This new edition of his important book presents the original German text in parallel with the first ever English translation. The introduction, appendices, maps and photographs explain and illustrate the historical and military context, allowing the reader to navigate an easy path through Bose’s account. This unique combination of content makes the book a key source in introducing a new audience to scholarship on the First World War and will also assist those keen to research the German side of the conflict in more depth

David Pearson

David Pearson

David Pearson, FSA, is an archaeologist and information technology specialist at the Department of Parliamentary Services, Canberra. He has published extensively on archaeological, digital preservation and military historical issues and his main research interests concern the technological and social contexts of conflict archaeology. Catastrophe is his fourth book.

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Paul Thost

Paul Thost

Paul Thost, AFAIM, was born in Germany in 1929 and came to Australia in 1953 where he built a career in the automotive industry. Paul has written numerous articles for aviation magazines and translated many German technical documents for the Australian War Memorial over a period of 15 years. He is currently a volunteer at […]

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Tony Cowan

Tony Cowan

Tony Cowan is a retired British diplomat currently writing a book based on his PhD thesis on German operational command in the First World War. He has lectured widely and contributed book chapters on the regional identities, defensive tactics, command and battle worthiness of the German army during the war.

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