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Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour - Armistice Day, 1918 World War I and Its Violent Climax

Joseph E. Persico

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November 11, 1918. The final hours pulsate with tension as every man in the trenches hopes to escape the melancholy distinction of being the last to die in World War I. The Allied generals knew the fighting would end precisely at 11:00 A.M, yet in the final hours they flung men against an already beaten Germany. The result? Eleven thousand casualties suffered-more than during the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Why? Allied commanders wanted to punish the enemy to the very last moment and career officers saw a fast-fading chance for glory and promotion. Joseph E. Persico puts the reader in the trenches with the forgotten and the famous-among the latter, Corporal Adolf Hitler, Captain Harry Truman, and Colonels Douglas MacArthur and George Patton. Mainly, he follows ordinary soldiers' lives, illuminating their fate as the end approaches. Persico sets the last day of the war in historic context with a gripping reprise of all that led up to it, from the 1914 assassination of the Austrian archduke, Franz Ferdinand, which ignited the war, to the raw racism black doughboys endured except when ordered to advance and die in the war's last hour. Persico recounts the war's bloody climax in a cinematic style that evokes All Quiet on the Western Front, Grand Illusion, and Paths of Glory. The pointless fighting on the last day of the war is the perfect metaphor for the four years that preceded it, years of senseless slaughter for hollow purposes. This book is sure to become the definitive history of the end of a conflict Winston Churchill called "the hardest, cruelest, and least-rewarded of all the wars that have been fought." From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jonathan Marosz

Length:

17h 4m


Chapters

Free Sample

04:00

Introduction
Introduction

12:46


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

28:52


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

25:03


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

21:10


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

22:27


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

25:57


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

19:56


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

12:24


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

23:32


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:18


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

23:56


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

31:26


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

52:29


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

29:55


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

32:52


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

27:41


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

28:24


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

28:06


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

58:04


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

21:59


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

39:57


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

13:42


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

38:57


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

19:06


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

33:39


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

26:47


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

37:27


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

37:18


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

35:13


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

16:33


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

24:47


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

28:41


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

34:29


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

34:45


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

26:55


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

15:15


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

24:05


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

00:55