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The Fortress: The Great Siege of Przemysl

The Fortress: The Great Siege of Przemysl (EPUB ebook)

By Watson, Alexander

From the prize-winning author of Ring of Steel, a gripping history of the First World War's longest and most terrible siege In the autumn of 1914 Europe was at war. The battling powers had already suffered casualties on a scale previously unimaginable. On both the Western and Eas...tern fronts elaborate war plans lay in ruins and had been discarded in favour of desperate improvisation. In the West this resulted in the remorseless world of the trenches; in the East all eyes were focused on the old, beleaguered Austro-Hungarian fortress of Przemysl.The siege that unfolded at Przemysl was the longest of the whole war. In the defence of the fortress and the struggle to relieve it Austria-Hungary suffered some 800,000 casualties. Almost unknown in the West, this was one of the great turning points of the conflict. If the Russians had broken through they could have invaded Central Europe, but by the time the fortress fell their strength was so sapped they could go no further.Alexander Watson, prize-winning author of Ring of Steel, has written one of the great epics of the First World War. Comparable to Stalingrad in 1942-3, Przemysl shaped the course of Europe's future. Neither Russians nor Austro-Hungarians ever recovered from their disasters. Using a huge range of sources, Watson brilliantly recreates a world of long-gone empires, broken armies and a cut-off community sliding into chaos. The siege was central to the war itself, but also a chilling harbinger of what would engulf the entire region in the coming decades, as nationalism, anti-semitism and an exterminatory fury took hold.
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ISBN 9780241309070
Published 17 Oct 2019
Publisher Penguin
Available in EPUB format
Software Adobe Ebook Compatible Devices
Language en

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ISBN-13 9780241309070
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin
Released 17 Oct 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format EPUB ebook
Author(s) By Watson, Alexander
Category World History
World History: From C 1900 -
World History: First World War
European History
Military History
Civil War
Battles & Campaigns
Number of Pages 448
Dimensions Not specified
Dewey Code 940.4147
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Przemyasl Poland - History - Siege, 1914-1915
NBS Text Military History
ONIX Text General/trade