Turning Points: The Eastern Front in 1915 offers a well-researched and fascinating study of war in a distinct theater of operations and shows how it was impacted by diplomacy, coalition warfare, command, technology, and the environment in which it is conducted. In contrast to those on the Western Front, lines in the east in 1915 moved hundreds of miles. Although the work focuses more on the Central Powers, significant attention is also given to the Russians.
The book follows the course of events on the Eastern Front during the critical year of 1915, proceeding chronologically from January 1915 to the end of active operations in October, with a brief mention of some action in December. In addition to the better-known campaigns in the Carpathians and Gorlice-Tarnów, the work covers lesser-known operations including the Second Battle of the Masurian Lakes, the Austro-Hungarian “Black-Yellow” offensive into eastern Galicia, and the German move into Lithuania. Naval action on the Baltic Sea is also covered.
- Offers a detailed account of a significant and often overlooked theater of World War I
- Relies on original documentary research conducted by the author in archives in Freiburg and Munich, Germany, and in Vienna, Austria
- Analyzes the key campaigns and battles on the Eastern Front in 1915
- Builds on the author’s 2010 Praeger book Breakthrough: The Gorlice-Tarnów Campaign, 1915