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Germany Ascendant

The massive offensives on the Eastern Front during 1915 are often overshadowed by the events in Western Europe, but the scale and ferocity of the clashes between Imperial Germany, Hapsburg Austria-Hungary and Tsarist Russia were greater than anything seen on the Western Front and ultimately as important to the final outcome of the war. Now, with the work of internationally renowned Eastern Front expert Prit Buttar, this story of the unknown side of World War I is finally being told. In Germany Ascendant, Buttar examines the critical events of 1915, as the German Gorlice-Tarnow Offensive triggered the collapse of Russian forces, coming tantalizingly close to knocking Russia out of the war altogether. Throughout the year, German dominance on the Eastern Front grew - but stubborn Russian resistance forced the continuation of a two-front war that would drain Germany's reserves of men and equipment. Packed with first-hand accounts and incredible new information, this is a staggeringly ambitious history of some of the most important moments of World War I.
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Introduction/ 1. The Combatants/ 2. The First Carpathian Campaign/ 3. Winter in Masuria/ 4. Springtime: Slaughter and Disappointment/ 5. Mackensen's Breakthrough/ 6. The Exploitation/ 7. Lemberg/ 8. Decisions and Departures/ 9. The Great Retreat/ 10. Volhynia: The End of the Leash/ 11. The Fall of Serbia/ 12. The Burden of War

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A detailed and absorbing narrative of the campaigns fought on the 'forgotten' Eastern Front of the Great War, vividly illustrating that these campaigns were no less costly, tragic and important than the catastrophes of the Somme, Verdun and Passchendaele.

About the Author

Prit Buttar studied medicine at Oxford and London before joining the British Army as a doctor. Since leaving the army, he has worked as a GP, first near Bristol and now in Abingdon. He is extensively involved in medical politics, both at local and national level, and served on the GPs' Committee of the British Medical Association. He appears from time to time on local and national TV and radio, speaking on a variety of medical issues. He contributes regularly to the medical press. An established expert on the Eastern Front in 20th-century military history, Buttar previously wrote the critically acclaimed Battleground Prussia: The Assault on Germany's Eastern Front 1944-45 (Osprey 2010) and Between Giants: The Battle for the Baltics in World War II (Osprey 2013). Following up the success in 2014 of the first volume, Collision of Empires: The War on the Eastern Front 1914, Germany Ascendant is the second book in a four-volume series, the definitive study of the First World War on the Eastern Front.


"This is among one of the better works on the conflict published during the centennial of one of the world's most destructive conflicts . . . Buttar does an excellent job revealing the struggles of both soldier sand civilians along with the efforts of national leaders to provide for them and continue the struggle." --Christopher Miskimon, Military Heritage Magazine

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