In Other Trenches II: Further Alternate Outcomes of the First World War
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‘In Other Trenches II’, in 15 chapters, continues Alexander Rooksmoor’s exploration on ways in which events around the First World War could have feasibly turned out very differently to the history we know. It considers a wide range of ‘what if?’ topics starting with the war being confined to the Balkans. Amongst others it looks at the German invasion of France in 1914 succeeding; the Italians fighting alongside the Germans; an early surrender of Austria-Hungary; the neutrality of the Ottoman Empire; the failure of the Bolshevik Revolution; the role of French stormtroopers; the absence of the Americans from the war and the impact of the war continuing into 1919 as many had expected.
NOTE: 'In Other Trenches II' DOES NOT contain stories. It has chapters analysing different potential outcomes in history. It is closest in style to the ‘what if?’ collections edited by Peter Tsouras, Robert Crowley, Duncan Brack, Niall Ferguson and Andrew Roberts. It is suggested that you check them out if you are uncertain whether this one is the sort of book you are looking for.
The book draws on Alexander Rooksmoor’s two decades researching, teaching and discussing real history and its possible alternatives. Mixing thoroughly researched historical details and lucid discussion of what might have been it looks at changes from the scale of a battle to an impact on the whole war and in the decades which followed. This is a book that will appeal to anyone with an interest in why such a significant part of modern history turned out the way it did. Fans of alternate history will discover a great deal ‘In Other Trenches II’ to stimulate ideas and generate discussion.
coup d’état in January 1913 in which the War Minister, Nazım Pasha (1848-1913) was assassinated and Vizier Kâmil Pasha (1833-1913) was overthrown, the empire was largely controlled by a military dictatorship of the Three Pashas. These were the Minister of the Interior Mehmed Talaat (1874–1921); the new War Minister, Ismail Enver (1881–1922) and the Navy Minister, Ahmed Djemal (1872–1922). They proved quite ineffective in conducting the Ottoman Empire’s part in the war. However, despite
proved difficult and, as it was, the German casualties of around 200,000 exceeded the French of 185,000. Thus, the battle had not succeeded on the grounds that Falkenhayn had based it and only after four months had it taken two of the fortresses around Verdun, the type of criteria on which success was more usually judged by commanders. Souville was significant in commanding the heights over Verdun. Through firing 60,000 gas shells and 300,000 high explosive shells on the fort and the advance
pushed back the Whites, the Poles, the Intervention forces and the independence forces, such as those of the Ukraine, to recapture most of the Russian Empire. Again, they may not have been entirely successful. Easily the Poles may have ended up holding what is now Belarus. Trotsky may not have been able to bring the Ukraine back into Russia. Thus, there was no guarantee that even having taken over the government, the Bolshevik regime would have been able to maintain control of the large portion
line to train the entire infantry force by the 5th Army’s commander, Crown Prince Wilhelm. Rohr’s unit was expanded and became Sturmbataillon Rohr, centred on five assault companies each of 210 men drawn from pioneer units. Howitzers were introduced and the flamethrower company was expanded to become a platoon. Rohr’s unit was used to train not only German troops, but Bulgarian, Austrian and Ottoman units as well. However, Rohr’s men preferred combat and were used extensively on the Verdun
landing of US troops. The Allies had suffered over 1 million casualties themselves and 1918 was to prove the bloodiest year of the war for the British. Whilst the Germans had suffered an immense setback, on the battlefield it did not appear that they had been defeated. The decision of the High Command to surrender came about as much as a result of the recognition of how short of food and other supplies the military and, indeed Germany as a whole, was becoming. This problem had become