The Guns Of August And All Quiet On The Western Front

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The First World War took the world by storm; no person could have imagined the horrors and detriments the “Great War” would cause. Over a span of four years, millions of soldiers and civilians died. Children lost their parents, and wives, their husbands. So unprecedented was this type of vicious warfare that the countries involved were unprepared for one of the worst wars in history. Two books, The Guns of August and All Quiet on the Western Front address and highlight major themes of World War I. The books offer insight to the political and military strategies of France, England, and Germany during the first month of the war, as well as the emotions of a German soldier on the Western Front in the final days leading up to the German Armistice. Each book uniquely describes an aspect of war and creates a fresh and new experience for the reader to learn about World War I. In Barbara W. Tuchman’s book, The Guns of August, the first thirty days of war are made known to be some of the most vital times of World War I. Beginning with the funeral of Edward VII of England, the first chapter introduces the Kaiser William II of Germany. Tuchman proceeds to address the plans and outbreak of the war. The battles in the Mediterranean, Western and Eastern Fronts, and the offensive of Germany are described in great detail in the “Battle” section. Ending with the start of the First Battle of the Marne, Tuchman chronicles the defense of Paris and the sweep made by General von Kluck’s army in
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