Collision Of Empires: The War On The Eastern Front In 1914

Hardcover | June 17, 2014

byPrit Buttar

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Imperial Germany, Hapsburg Austria-Hungary, and Tsarist Russia clashed on a scale greater than the Western Front campaign to the Marne and the Race to the Sea in 1914.

Drawing on first-hand accounts and detailed archival research, this is a dramatic retelling of the tumultuous events of the first year of World War I on the Eastern Front, with the battles of Tannenberg and the Masurian Lakes in East Prussia, followed by the Russo-Austrian clashes in Galicia and the failed German advance towards Warsaw.

With the centenary of the start of World War I in 2014, Collision of Empires is a timely re-discovery of the bitter fighting on this forgotten front. The fighting that raged from East Prussia, through occupied Poland, to Galicia and the Carpathian Mountains was every bit as bloody as comparable battles in Flanders and France, but - with the exception of Tannenberg - remains relatively unknown. As was the case in the West, generals struggled to reconcile their pre-war views on the conduct of operations and how to execute their intricate strategic plans with the reality of war. Lessons were learned slowly while the core of trained personnel, particularly officers and NCOs, in the armies of Germany, Austria-Hungary and Russia suffered catastrophic losses throughout 1914. Inadequacies in supply and support arrangements, together with a failure to plan for a long war, left all three powers struggling to keep up with events. In addition, the Central Powers had to come to terms with the dreaded reality of a war on two fronts: a war that was initially seen by all three powers as a welcome opportunity to address both internal and external issues, would ultimately bring about the downfall of them all. Prit Buttar, author of Battleground Prussia, provides a magisterial account of the chaos and destruction that reigned when three powerful empires collided.

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Imperial Germany, Hapsburg Austria-Hungary, and Tsarist Russia clashed on a scale greater than the Western Front campaign to the Marne and the Race to the Sea in 1914.Drawing on first-hand accounts and detailed archival research, this is a dramatic retelling of the tumultuous events of the first year of World War I on the Eastern Front, with the battles of Tannenberg and the Masurian Lakes in Eas...

Prit Buttar studied medicine in Oxford and London before joining the British Army as a doctor. After leaving the army, he has worked as a GP (General Practitioner), first near Bristol and now in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. He is extensively involved in medical politics, both at the local and national level, and serves on the GP's Committee of the British Medical Association. He appears from time to time on local and nati...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:488 pages, 9.56 × 6.29 × 1.72 inPublished:June 17, 2014Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations/ List of Maps/ Author's Note/ Dramatis Personae/ Introduction/ Chapter 1: The German War Machine/ Chapter 2: The Russian Steamroller/ Chapter 3: Austria-Hungary: the Other Sick Man of Europe/ Chapter 4: Over the Brink/ Chapter 5: The First Battles: Stallupönen and Gumbinnen/ Chapter 6: Crisis of Command/ Chapter 7: Tannenberg/ Chapter 8: The Illusion of Victory: Galicia, August 1914/ Chapter 9: The Battle for the Masurian Lakes/ Chapter 10: The Reality of Defeat: Galicia, September 1914/ Chapter 11: A Bloody Sideshow: The Serbian Front/ Chapter 12: Mud and Blood: Autumn in Poland/ Chapter 13: Lódz/ Chapter 14: The First Christmas/ Chapter 15: Disappointments and Illusions/ Appendix: Place Names/ Notes/ Bibliography/ Index