Turning Points
The Eastern Front in 1915
by Richard L. DiNardo
February 2020, 258pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-4453-9
$65, £50, 57€, A90
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During World War I, the Russian defeats in 1915 on the Eastern Front resulted in Czar Nicholas II’s replacing his uncle, Grand Duke Nicholas, as commander-in-chief of the Russian field armies.

This book provides a comprehensive and illuminating study of some of the most crucial campaigns on the Eastern Front during what was perhaps the most momentous year of World War I in that battleground.

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
Richard L. DiNardo is professor for national security affairs at the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College at Quantico, VA. He has authored, coauthored, or coedited eight books on topics ranging from German military history to the American Civil War to the Royal Navy in the age of sail. These include Imperial Germany and War, 1871–1918; Invasion: The Conquest of Serbia, 1915; and Breakthrough: The Gorlice-Tarnow Campaign, 1915, which won honorable mention for the World War I Historical Association's Tomlinson Book Award. DiNardo earned his MPhil and PhD degrees in history from the City University of New York.
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