PYRRHIC VICTORY

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Harvard University Press, 2005 - History - 578 pages
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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.
  

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This book is a must read if you're interested in the conduct of World War I, as the author investigates in great detail the process by which strategic decision occured in France, and how the French ... Read full review

Pyrrhic Victory: French Strategy and Operations in the Great War

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Contents

The Transformation of the French Army
4
The War of Movement 1914
46
Siege Warfare 19141915
105
An Offensive Strategy MayOctober 1915
153
The Search for Strategic Alternatives 19151916
203
A Strategy of Attrition 1916
250
A Strategy of Dec1s1ve Battle Early 1917
311
A Strategy of Healing and Defense Late 1917
355
Responding to a German Offensive Spring 1918
405
A Strategy of Opportunism
461
The Misery of Victory
508
Abbreviations
519
Notes
521
Essay on Sources
565
Index
572
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Page 1 - France insists upon the execution of the treaty it is not solely because it is a contract; it is because its nonexecution would very shortly place her in an impasse. The war bled us terribly. Out of our population of less than 38,000,000 there were mobilized 8,500,000; 5,300,000 of them were killed or wounded (1,500,000 killed, 800,000 mutiles, 3,000,000 wounded), not counting 500,000 men who have come back to us from German prisons in very bad physical condition. Almost 4,000,000 hectares of land...

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Brigadier General (Ret.) Robert A. Doughty served as Professor and Head of the Department of History at the United States Military Academy from 1985 to 2005.

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