Forty-Seven Days: How Pershing's Warriors Came of Age to Defeat the German Army in World War I

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Mitchell Yockelson

Narrated By: Napoleon Ryan

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: June 2016

Duration: 9 hours 32 minutes

Summary:

The Battle of the Meuse-Argonne stands as the deadliest clash in American history: More than a million untested American soldiers went up against a better-trained and more experienced German army, costing more than twenty-six thousand deaths and leaving nearly a hundred thousand wounded. Yet in forty-seven days of intense combat, those Americans pushed back the enemy and forced the Germans to surrender, bringing the First World War to an end-a feat the British and the French had not achieved after more than three years of fighting.

In Forty-Seven Days, historian Mitchell Yockelson tells how General John J. 'Black Jack' Pershing's exemplary leadership led to the unlikeliest of victories. Appointed commander of the American Expeditionary Forces by President Wilson, Pershing personally took command of the U.S. First Army until supplies ran low and the fighting ground to a stalemate. Refusing to admit defeat, Pershing stepped aside and placed gutsy Lieutenant General Hunter Liggett in charge. While Pershing retained command, Liggett reorganized his new unit, resting and resupplying his men, while instilling a confidence in the doughboys that drove them out of the trenches and across no-man's-land.

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  • LaMarr A.

    Very informative...unknown history for me as I've not paid much attention to WW1. Really have better understanding of how/why WW1 came to an end. Gen Pershing was a familiar name but I had no knowledge of why. I'm very glad I read this book. The quality of the narration was strong....except the accent of the narration made it difficult to understand/comprehend when read at my normally desired 1.5x speed. Had to slow it to 1.25.

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