Three German Invasions Of France

Author: Douglas Fermer
Publisher: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1473831458
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Tension and rivalry between France and Germany shaped the history of Western Europe in the century from 1860. Three times that hostility led to war and the invasion of France - in 1870, 1914 and 1940. The outcomes of the battles that followed reset the balance of power across the continent. Yet the German invasions tend to be viewed as separate events, in isolation, rather than as connected episodes in the confrontation between the two nations. ??Douglas Fermer's fresh account of the military campaigns and the preparations for them treats them as part of a cycle of fear, suspicion, animosity and conflicting ambitions extending across several generations. In a clear, concise account of the decisive opening phase of each campaign, he describes the critical decision-making, the manoeuvres and clashes of arms in eastern France as German forces advanced westwards. ??As the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War approaches, this is a fitting moment to reconsider these momentous events and how they fit into the broad sweep of European history.

The Fall Of Napoleon Volume 1 The Allied Invasion Of France 1813 1814

Author: Michael V. Leggiere
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521875420
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This book tells the story of the invasion of France at the twilight of Napoleon's empire. With over a million men under arms throughout central Europe, Coalition forces poured over the Rhine River to invade France between late November 1813 and early January 1814. Three principle army groups drove across the great German landmark, smashing the exhausted French forces that attempted to defend the eastern frontier. In less than a month, French forces ingloriously retreated from the Rhine to the Marne; Allied forces were within one week of reaching Paris. This book provides the first complete, English-language study of the invasion of France along a front that extended from Holland to Switzerland.

Maginot Line 1940

Author: Marc Romanych
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1782008748
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Constructed throughout the 1930s, the Maginot Line was supposed to form the ultimate defence against a German invasion of France. However, different sections of the line were built at different times and the strength of various sections varied widely. During their Blitzkrieg invasion, the Germans were able to identify these weak points and focus their attacks against them. This book uses new maps and period photographs to tell the story of the five German operations launched against the Maginot Line. While the Germans were able to smash through the lightly defended section of the line along the Meuse River, at other points the line held. Although ultimately the Maginot Line was to prove a failure, the stiff resistance put up by some of the fortresses confirms the fighting ability of the French army during the invasion.

Education And The Second World War

Author: Roy Lowe
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136590153
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This was the first book which globally surveyed the impact of the Second World War on schooling. It offers fascinating comparisons of the impact of total war, both in terms of physical disruption and its effects on the ideology of schooling. By analysing the effects on the education systems of each of the participant nations the contributors throw new light on the responses made in different parts of the globe to the challenge of world-wide conflict.

Great Expectations

Author: Charles Dickens
Publisher: Pelekanos Books
ISBN: 9604009494
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Great Expectations is set in early Victorian England, a time when great social changes were sweeping the nation. The Industrial Revolution of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries automatically led to divisions between the rich and poor. London’s population grew rapidly. More and more people moved from the country to the city in search of greater economic opportunity. With the combination of sewage, coal fires, and unwashed bodies, the odor of London was horrendous. Both the rich and the poor had to contend with the evil air around the city. Great Expectation is the story of Pip, an orphan boy adopted by a blacksmith's family. The narrator, Pip, recounts his life story from his childhood to how he matures and grows up to becoming a young man. Throughout this transformation, one thing remains unchanged. Pip falls in love with a wealthy but heartless girl named Estella. From that moment on, everything Pip does in his life is no longer for himself or anyone else but for Estella and only her. Pip even receives a fortune from a secret benefactor to pursue an education and he does this along with obtaining wealth, success and high social class in the hopes of becoming worthy in the eyes of his beloved Estella.

The Franco Prussian War

Author: Michael Howard
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 041502787X
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In 1870 Bismarck ordered the Prussian Army to invade France, inciting one of the most dramatic conflicts in European history. It transformed not only the states-system of the Continent but the whole climate of European moral and political thought. The overwhelming triumph of German military might, evoking general admiration and imitation, introduced an era of power politics, which was to reach its disastrous climax in 1914. First published in 1961 and now with a new introduction, The Franco-Prussian War is acknowledged as the definitive history of one of the most dramatic and decisive conflicts in the history of Europe.

D Day And The Liberation Of France

Author: John Davenport
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 1438131763
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Describes how the largest and most powerful armada of warships left southern England on the morning of June 6, 1944 for one mission, invade France and liberate it from the occupation by Nazi Germany. This remarkable struggle would determine the fate of Western Europe during World War II.

The Longman Companion To America Russia And The Cold War 1941 1998

Author: John W. Young
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317878868
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This reference guide throws light on almost every aspect of postwar international history from the rise of Mao's China to the Bosnian Civil War. It provides a huge wealth of information on East-West relations setting events, crises and conflicts in their full international context.

The Franco Prussian War

Author: Geoffrey Wawro
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521584364
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Outlines the causes of the Franco-Prussian war, details the battles, and discusses the effects of the war on Europe.