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No Mans Land: 1918, the Last Year of the Great War by John Toland

From freezing infantrymen huddled in bloodied trenches on the front lines to intricate political maneuvering and tense strategy sessions in European capitals, noted historian John Toland tells of the unforgettable final year of the First World War. As 1918 opened, the Allies and Central Powers remained locked in a desperate, bloody stalemate, despite the deaths of millions of soldiers over the previous three and a half years. The arrival of the Americans over there by the middle of the year turned the tide of war, resulting in an Allied victory in November.In these pages participants on both sides, from enlisted men to generals and prime ministers to monarchs, vividly recount the battles, sensational events, and behind-the-scenes strategies that shaped the climactic, terrifying year. Its all here—the horrific futility of going over the top into a hail of bullets in no mans land; the enigmatic death of the legendary German ace, the Red Baron; Operation Michael, a punishing German attack in the spring; the Americans long-awaited arrival in June; the murder of Russian Czar Nicholas II and his family, the growing fear of a communist menace in the east; and the armistice on November 11. The different points of view of Germans, Americans, British, French, and Russians add depth, complexity, and understanding to the tragedies and triumphs of the War to End All Wars.
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No Man's Land Shelling (1914-1918)

First World War > · Trench Warfare >; No Man's Land No Man's Land is the term used by soldiers to describe the ground between the (1) In a letter to his parents, Second Lieutenant H. E. Cooper explained what it Every man knows that he has probably seen his last sunset, for this is the most dangerous thing in war.
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The Legend of What Actually Lived in the “No Man’s Land” Between World War I’s Trenches

This was the heavily fortified ground, in some cases as narrow as feet, across which any advance had to be made. The map shows natural features such as ditches, streams, grass with grass length and trees. The wire trip and concertina wire included is strategically placed and in places five rows deep. The map provides indications of quality and height. British wire is not shown. At the Somme on 1 July , the British artillery bombardment had only cut the German wire at isolated points. The advancing infantry that managed to find these narrow gaps also found German machine guns trained upon them.

It separated the front lines of the opposing armies and was perhaps the only location where enemy troops could meet without hostility. It was in No Man's Land that the spontaneous Christmas truce of December took place and where opposing troops might unofficially agree to safely remove their wounded comrades, or even sunbathe on the first days of spring. But it could also be the most terrifying of places; one that held the greatest danger for combatants. Yeats to Michael Longley. In the Oxford English Dictionary , Nomanneslond , ca.

No Man's Land is the term used by soldiers to describe the ground between the two opposing trenches. Its width along the Western Front could vary a great deal. The average distance in most sectors was about yards metres. However, at Guillemont it was only 50 yards 46 metres whereas at Cambrai it was over yards metres. The narrowest gap was at Zonnebeke where British and German soldiers were only about seven yards apart.

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No man's land is land that is unoccupied or is under dispute between parties who leave it unoccupied due to fear or uncertainty. The term was originally used to define a contested territory or a dumping ground for refuse between fiefdoms. According to Alasdair Pinkerton, an expert in human geography at the Royal Holloway University of London, the term is first mentioned in Domesday Book in the 11th century, to describe parcels of land that were just beyond the London city walls. In World War I, no man's land often ranged from several hundred yards to in some cases less than 10 yards. The area was sometimes contaminated by chemical weapons.

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  1. Most commonly associated with the First World War the phrase "no man's land" actually dates back until at least the 14th century.

  2. The terms used most frequently at the start of the war to describe In World War I , no man's land often ranged from several hundred.

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