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Pyrrhic victory : French strategy and operations in the Great War

Author: Robert A Doughty
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. ; London : Harvard University Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st paperback edView all editions and formats
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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. An unparalleled work in French or English literature on the war, Pyrrhic Victory is destined to become the standard account of the French army in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Military history
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert A Doughty
ISBN: 9780674027268 0674027264
OCLC Number: 187294166
Notes: Originally published: Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap, 2005.
Description: xiii, 578 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. The transformation of the French army --
2. The war of movement, 1914 --
3. Siege warfare, 1914-1915 --
4. An offensive strategy, May-October 1914-1915 --
5. The search for strategic alternatives, 1915-1916 --
6. A strategy of attrition --
7. A strategy of decisive battle, early 1917 --
8. A strategy of "healing" and defense, late 1917 --
9. Responding to a German offensive, spring 1918 --
10. A strategy of opportunism --
Conclusion : the "misery" of victory.
Other Titles: French strategy and operations in the Great War
Responsibility: Robert A. Doughty.

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