By Bamber Gascoigne
This account of the 1st global battle starts with the harmful fingers race constructing among Germany and Britain within the early 1900s. Europe turns out poised for a warfare, that is ignited while the inheritor to the Austrian empire is assassinated in 1914. There persist with the 4 dreadful years of trench struggle, with squaddies present process consistent bombardment and death of their millions. the ultimate finish is ominous too. whereas an influenza pandemic provides thousands extra to the worldwide dying toll, the peace negotiators in Versailles impose on Germany a harsh treaty that may be partially blamed for a moment global battle an insignificant twenty years later.
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A Brief History of the First World War by Bamber Gascoigne