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The Last Battle

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Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 464
Subject: History & Classics
Illustrations: 16 page black and white photo plate section

The Last Battle

Endgame on the Western Front, 1918

Peter Hart

In time for the anniversary, a new history laying bare the last months of the Great War

9781781254820 (15 Feb 2018)

About the book

By August 1918, the outcome of the Great War was not in doubt: the Allies would win. But what was unclear was how this defeat would play out - would the Germans hold on, prolonging the fighting deep into 1919, with the loss of hundreds of thousands more young lives, or could the war be won in 1918? In The Last Battle, Peter Hart, author of Gallipoli and The Great War, and oral historian at the Imperial War Museum, brings to life the dramatic final weeks of the war, as men fought to secure victory, with survival seemingly only days, or hours away.

Drawing on the experience of both generals and ordinary soldiers, and dwelling with equal weight on strategy, tactics and individual experience, this is a powerful and detailed account of history's greatest endgame.

About the author

Peter Hart is the oral historian at the Imperial War Museum and has written several titles on the First World War. His latest books for Profile are Gallipoli, The Great War and Voices from the Front.Find him on Twitter @PeterHart1915


Praise for previous books:'Thought provoking, erudite, yet eminently readable and entertaining: Peter Hart is a historian and author at the peak of his powers

- Richard van Emden

All good history books should be an assault on myth, and in Gallipoli Peter Hart mounts a supremely effective attack

- Daily Mail

A valuable, timely and highly readable overview of the Great War on all major fronts

- Professor Peter Simkins

Praise for The Last Battle: A fantastic book...If you're going to read one book on 1918 for this centenary, there's no doubt that Peter's book is it.

- Paul Reed, World at War

A thoroughly readable, yet authoritative, account of one of the most dramatic periods of 20th Century history, one which deserves to be far better known. It deserves a place on the bookshelf of every serious student of the Great War and I cannot recommend it too strongly.

- Jack Sheldon, author of The Germany Army on the Somme 1914-1916

Additional Information

Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 464
Subject: History & Classics
Illustrations: 16 page black and white photo plate section

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