Forgotten Battlefronts of the First World War

Forgotten Battlefronts of the First World War

by Martin Marix Evans


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The struggle between Germany and the Allies along the Western Front is for many the most familiar element of World War I. However, many less well-known theaters of conflict, key to the overall progress and conduct of the war, hold as much relevance to both the traveler and the armchair enthusiast. In this work, the author sheds light on the fighting methods of the protagonists in less familiar settings, whether in the Italian Alps or in the cloying heat of the Greek coast. In the first weeks of fighting, stubborn Belgian resistance resulted in a desperate battle to stabilize the front and compelled the German advance to be diverted against the British at Ypres. French determination to win back Alsace-Lorraine plunged the Vosges region into fluid conflict for over a year from August 1914 before both sides realized the impossibility of a decisive success in this area. The three-year struggle between Italy and Austria across the alpine passes was to draw German, British and French forces into the region. Anglo-French assistance to the Serbs through Salonika produced a standoff between the Allies and the Central Powers which was only to be resolved in the last months of the war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780752450476
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 10/01/2009
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Martin Marix-Evans has written more than 20 books on aspects of military history, including Ypres in War and Peace and the Fall of France: Act With Daring.

Table of Contents

Introduction and Acknowledgements v

The Belgian Fronts 1

1 Invasion and Siege 3

2 Retreat to the Yser 29

3 The Coast 57

The Vosges 75

4 The Fight for the Summits 77

The Italian Fronts 109

5 Italia Irredenta 111

6 Battles of the Trentino and Isonzo 129

7 Battles of Caporetto and Piave 149

The Salonika Front 183

8 Bridgeheads in the Balkans 185

9 Balkan Victory 217

Bibliography 251

Index 253

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