Road to Victory 1918
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Road to Victory 1918 reveals how, after so many years of trench warfare, the fighting on the Western Front became mobile and more fluid. It reveals how the fighting of 1918 was truly a multi-national effort, including the British, French, Australians, Canadians, New Zealanders, Americans and Belgians. This beautifully presented publication also details the role of the RAF in the air, the use of tanks on the ground and the lengths the enemy went to in an attempt to slow the Allied advance and their prolific use of booby traps. Additionally, Road to Victory explores the Battle of Saint-Mihiel, the Australians at Mont St Quentin, the events at Cheppy where the legend that was General George S Patton was born and the last battles played out on the Western Front in the final days of the First World War. Featuring: THE BEGINNING OF THE END Four years of warfare had seen an evolution in tactics and a gradual growth in the strength and capability of the Allied armies. Now everything that had been learnt on the bloody battlefields of the Western Front would be put into practice in one unremitting offensive campaign. MEN AND MATERIEL By the summer of 1918, the Allies held the advantage in almost every important aspect from manpower to machines. THE TURN OF THE TIDE After four years of virtual stagnation, with advances being measured by the yard, in 1918 the front line moved scores of miles south and westwards as the Allies found themselves fighting with their backs to the wall. RETURN TO THE SOMME It was across the battlefields of the Somme that the Allies had to advance again during the summer of 1918. THE GREATEST MILITARY ACHIEVEMENT OF THE WAR On the night of 31 August 1918, the men of the Australian Corps stormed, seized and held the key height of Mont St. Quentin. NOT A FURTHER STEP BACK The Hindenburg Line was supposed to be the most formidable field fortification ever built on the Western Front, one that would hold the enemy at bay indefinitely. THE AMERICANS GO IT ALONE On 12 September 1918, the American Expeditionary Force launched its first solo offensive of the Great War the Battle of Saint-Mihiel. THE MEUSE-ARGONNE OFFENSIVE The offensive in the Meuse-Argonne region would prove to be the largest and bloodiest American operation of the First World War. AN OPERATIONAL MASTERPIECE The hard-fought victory at the Canal du Nord remains among the most impressive engagements fought by the Canadian Corps during the First World War. A SACRIFICIAL STUNT On 29 September 1918, the 46th (North Midland) Division stormed the St Quentin Canal, resulting in the first full breach of the Hindenburg Line. THE WAR IN THE AIR By the start of the Hundred Days Offensive, the Royal Air Force ruled the skies and dominated the battlefield. THE BATTLE OF BELLICOURT TUNNEL There was one part of the St Quentin Canal where the waterway travelled underground through the Bellicourt Tunnel. It was hoped that this would provide an easy route over the canal it proved anything but. THE METAL MONSTERS By 1918, and the Hundred Days Offensive, tanks were considered an essential component of any offensive operation. THE CAPTURE OF CAMBRAI The key communications hub of Cambrai had been in German hands since the early months of the war. By the end of September, it had become an Allied target. THE UNSEEN ENEMY As the Germans retreated throughout the autumn of 1918 they left behind a battlefield littered with booby traps, mines and delayed-action devices. THE MARCH TO VICTORY It was evident to all concerned that the German Army was on the verge of collapse, yet the fighting continued. BREAKING THE ENEMY S RESISTANCE Standing in the way of the Allied advance was the old walled town of Le Quesnoy. It had to be taken the old fashioned way by scaling its walls. THE LAST SHOT Nothing could exemplify the utter futility of war than the final few moments of the First World War. For the last shot fi red by British soldiers is said to have taken place at Mons, where the first British shot had been fi red in 1914. and much more! This special magazine is also available to download click here for details.