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July 10 , 2007

Ludendorff's Own Story, August 1914-November 1918 The Great War - Vol. II

from the siege of Liège to the signing of the armistice as viewed from the Grand headquarters of the German army


As the German army moved swiftly into its start positions at the beginning of the First World War, efficiently and seamlessly forming up for the hammer blow that was to fall on France it must have been with some pride that General Ludendorff would look upon the first grand strategical plan that he had a hand in. A cool, calculating planner dedicated to ensuring that chance played as little a part in war as possible General Erich Ludendorff was the product of the prestigious German Kriegsakademie. His memoirs on the First World War are an excellently detailed account of the planning and execution of the ambitious German High command and their thirst for Victory
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Although known primarily as staff officer his initial service, in the German army, during the war, was at the siege of Liège for which he was awarded the coveted Pour La Mérite by the Kaiser himself. He was rushed to the embattled Eastern Front as Chief of Staff to General von Hindenburg, and the two made an impressive team winning that battles of Tanneburg and the Masurian Lakes. Once again Ludendorff, this time was his chief Hindenburg, was drafted in as a replacement to ensure the fortunes of the German forces, this time on the Western front in 1916. He operated as the prime mover in the German empire from this point until the end of the war; masterminding the 1918 offensives as the last throw of the dice before capitulation.

This second volume covers from 1917 until the end of the War and is enriched with maps of the campaigns of the First World War.

Author — General Ludendorff, Erich Friedrich Wilhelm, 1865-1937.

Translator — Anon.

Text taken, whole and complete, from the edition published in New York and London, Harper & Brothers, 1919.

Original Page Count – 473 pages
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