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Coalition Strategy and the End of the First World War: The Supreme War Council and War Planning, 1917-1918

Meighen McCrae, Australian National University, Canberra
Format
Book
Published
Cambridge ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, [2019]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Variant Title
Supreme War Council and war planning, 1917-1918
Series
Cambridge Military Histories
ISBN
9781108475303 (hardback : alk. paper), 9781108466684 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Summary
"When the Germans requested an armistice in October 1918, it was a shock to the Allied political and military leadership. They had been expecting, and planning for, the war to continue into 1919, the year they hoped to achieve a complete military victory over the Central Powers. Meighen McCrae illuminates how, throughout this planning process, the Supreme War Council evolved to become the predominant mechanism for coalition war-making. She analyses the Council's role in the formulation of an Allied strategy for 1918-1919 across the various theatres of war and compares the perspectives of the British, French, Americans, and Italians. In doing so we learn how, in an early example of modern alliance warfare, the Supreme War Council had to coordinate national needs with coalition ones."--Provided by publisher.
Contents
  • The Supreme War Council
  • Offensive action in the Balkans?
  • Eliminate the Ottoman Empire?
  • Maintaining the Italians - the role of the Italian theatre in creating an Allied strategy
  • The role of the Franco-Belgian front in determining an Allied policy for 1919
  • Building a bridge to France: the role of resources in creating an Allied strategy for 1919
  • Conclusions.
Description
pages cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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