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- DescriptionThe American military was experienced in fighting guerilla war. It w had to come to terms with global responsibilities - and it was woefully unprepared for la grande guerre. Forgotten by most Americans in understanding their country's rise to military pre-eminence in the modern era is the debt owed to the tutorial of the French, whose kwledge was bought at a high price in the early days of the war, when catastrophic losses combined with the 'offence' of losing ground could lead to summary execution. The Americans went to the front line for the first time (in the Woevre region around the village of Seicheprey) with the same enthusiasm as their Allies had shown three years prior. It was in the spirit of a game, a great adventure. But the Germans saw them as vices; and they were determined to teach them this was game. They proceeded to unleash the war's most ghastly weapons - gas, flamethrowers and high explosives - and called their first major raid, with gallows humour, Einladung, an invitation. The courage and tenacity of the individual American soldier at this time showed German commanders that they w faced a fresh enemy with purpose. Those virtues, however, were t complemented by teamwork and effectiveness in US high command. The 'delicate affair' at Seicheprey, as George Marshall would later describe it, was well kwn by every American soldier who fought in 1918 but with the passage of time faded away, until w. By returning to primary sources throughout, Colonel Finnegan tells the story of the United States entry into the war and at the same time uses this as as a jumping-off point to describe how all battles developed in the war, through firepower, intelligence (or lack of it) and minute-by-minute command decisions. He provides what is probably the most complete account of how the Germans planned an operation ever published (most of the data having been destroyed in the Potsdam raid of 1945). With an extraordinary collection of contemporary maps and direct testimony from the men of the Fighting First and Yankee Divisions, A Delicate Affair is a valuable addition to the historiography of the First World War.
- Author Biography<b>Terry Finnegan</b> is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and senior civil servant whose career spans four decades of military service. His career covered analysis, production, and planning at the Department of Defense as well as assignments at USCENTCOM forward during the Gulf War, and the National Intelligence University at Washington, D.C. He is the author of Shooting the Front</i>. He lives in California.
- Author(s)Terrence J. Finnegan
- PublisherThe History Press Ltd
- Date of Publication08/12/2014
- SubjectMilitary History
- Place of PublicationStroud
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintSpellmount Publishers Ltd
- Content Note100 black & white illustrations, 32 colour plates, 48 colour illustrations
- Weight1315 g
- Width172 mm
- Height248 mm
- Spine33 mm
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