Pyrrhic Victory: French Strategy and Operations in the Great War

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Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - History - 592 pages
As the driving force behind the Allied effort in World War I, France willingly shouldered the heaviest burden. In this masterful book, Robert Doughty explains how and why France assumed this role and offers new insights into French strategy and operational methods.
 

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This book is a must read if you're interested in the conduct of World War I, as the author investigates in great detail the process by which strategic decision occured in France, and how the French ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Transformation of the French Army
4
2 The War of Movement 1914
46
3 Siege Warfare 19141915
105
4 An Offensive StrategyMayOctober 1915
153
5 The Search for Strategic Alternatives 19151916
203
6 A Strategy of Attrition 1916
250
7 A Strategy of Decisive Battle Early 1917
311
9 Responding to a German Offensive Spring 1918
405
10 A Strategy of Opportunism
461
The Misery of Victory
508
Abbreviations
519
Notes
521
Essay on Sources
565
Index
572
Copyright

8 A Strategy of Healing and Defense Late 1917
355

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About the author (2009)

Brigadier General (Ret.) Robert A. Doughty served as Professor and Head of the Department of History at the United States Military Academy from 1985 to 2005.

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