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Amiens 1918

The Black Day of the German Army

Written by Alistair McCluskeyAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Alistair McCluskey
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Through the spring of 1918 of World War I (1914-1918), Germany had been on the offensive on the Western Front but had failed to break the Allies at any point. In July they had been forced back from the river Marne and were once again on the defensive. The Allies were now ready to increase the pressure. The Amiens area was selected and preparations were made in great secrecy with diversionary activity at other points on the line. 32 divisions were involved (twelve French, eight British, five Australian, four Canadian and one American) supported by over 500 tanks and overwhelming airpower. The first day saw an Allied advance of 5 miles across a 12-mile front, with over 27,000 German casualties. Progress was then less spectacular but by the time the battle ended on August 11 Germany had lost 75,000 men, and suffered a severe blow to morale. Amiens was notable for its successful application of the new combined-arms tactics, fully integrating infantry, artillery, armor and airpower at the commencement of the Allies' final, war-winning offensive.

Published on the 90th anniversary of the battle, this book sets the strategic scene and clearly describes the fighting, highlighting the significance of the newly developed methods of war and detailing the troop movements that brought about the breakthrough and rapid advance that was achieved.


"All of this is further enhanced by a superb selection of period photographs as well as the use of traditional and 3D bird's eye maps. In all, it adds another outstanding volume to the Campaign series and is a book that I am sure you will enjoy."- Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (July 2008)

"The battle of Amiens was the turning point of World War I, confirming to all that the strategic initiative had decisively returned to the Allies. Released to coincide with the 90th anniversary of the battle, this book provides a detailed analysis of the battle that heralded the beginning of the end of World War I." -Game Trade Magazine (April 2008)

  • Amiens 1918 by Alistair McCluskey
  • June 17, 2008
  • History - Military - World War I
  • Osprey Publishing
  • $19.95
  • 9781846033032

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