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  • Summary

  • An audio dramatisation in 6 episodes of With Our Backs To The Wall: Victory and Defeat in 1918 by David Stevenson, Professor of International History at the LSE.

    'How Germany, having seemingly come so close to victory in the Spring and Summer of 1918, was forced on to the defensive in September. By October, it had initiated negotiations for peace, signing an armistice on November 11th.'

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Episodes
  • Nov 7 2019

    Germany has defeated Russia. Now it concentrates on the Western Front. Where the Allies have "their backs to the wall".

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    16 mins
  • Nov 7 2019

    A series of German offensives is launched, pushing the Allies back, threatening Paris and the Channel ports. But Ludendorff fails to achieve a decisive breakthrough.

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    16 mins
  • Nov 7 2019

    The cracks in Ludendorff's strategy start to show. Germany's supply lines are over-streched, and its troops wilt under the pressure of Allied counter-attacks.

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    24 mins

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  • Diogo M. Liberal
  • 03-20-20

Very detailed and well enacted

Very good and detailed program. Highly recomended and well appreciated that this great show is available by audible.

Hopefuly more programs of this sort will follow be it on WWII or other conflicts.

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  • peter mcphail
  • 01-23-20

great entertainment

I enjoyed this production very much highly enlightenment and a enjoyable experience.
so much death and destruction for nothing

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  • Maggsie
  • 11-08-20

Not so well known account

Enjoyed this podcast as it told of events of which I was previously unaware, particularly the political leadership of Germany at the time and how it changed afterwards. I would have found it easier to follow and understand if the voices had reflected their nationality as, except for General Pershing's US accent, the rest was spoken using English accents only. A slight German or French accent would have helped me to follow who was speaking.

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  • Glynn
  • 07-17-20

excellent adaptation, 5star

cast and script superb, fanastic and free!!
loved every minute of the audio. well done.

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  • Steven Waite
  • 03-02-21

Riveting stuff

This gives a very good insight into the minds of the people who were behind the war machines of WW1.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-21

emersive and informative

very emersive and informative if you are interested in history and events that shaped the world

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  • James Brown
  • 11-15-20

Entertaining

I didn't realise what a chaotic year (1918) the last year of the First World War was.
This is an excellent mini series. Extremely well written and extremely well read.