August 1914: Surrender at St Quentin [NOOK Book]

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The great retreat of the British Expeditionary Force from Mons in August 1914 is one of the most famous in military history, and it is justly celebrated. But not all the British soldiers who were forced back by the German offensive performed well. Two colonels, Elkington and Mainwaring, tried to surrender rather than fight on, and were disgraced.

This is their story. In this compelling account John Hutton shows, in graphic detail, the full ...
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August 1914: Surrender at St Quentin

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Overview

The great retreat of the British Expeditionary Force from Mons in August 1914 is one of the most famous in military history, and it is justly celebrated. But not all the British soldiers who were forced back by the German offensive performed well. Two colonels, Elkington and Mainwaring, tried to surrender rather than fight on, and were disgraced.

This is their story. In this compelling account John Hutton shows, in graphic detail, the full confusion of the retreat, and the dire mental state to which brave men can be reduced by extreme stress, uncertainty and fatigue. But he also describes how Elkington redeemed himself. He joined the French Foreign Legion, fought gallantly, was severely wounded and was reinstated by King George V. His is one of the more remarkable stories to come out of the Great War, as is the story of the attempted surrender at St. Quentin itself.
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“…an intriguing book which illustrates, in graphic detail, the confusion of war and its effect on the mental state of the combatants.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844687763
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword
  • Publication date: 2/23/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,285,214
  • File size: 9 MB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

List of Plates 11

1 August 1914: Britain Goes to War 13

2 23-25 August: Elkington and Mainwaring Go to War 27

3 26 August: Crisis at Le Cateau 63

4 27 August: Surrender at St Quentin? 117

5 12 September: Court Martial 145

6 Elkington's Redemption, Mainwaring's Resignation 157

Appendix 1 VC Winners, 23 August-1 September 1914 181

Appendix 2 Operation Order no. 8 183

Appendix 3 4th Division Order of Battle 185

Appendix 4 Colonel Elkington's interview with the Daily Sketch, 8 September 1916 187

Appendix 5 Colonel Elkington's interview with The Times, 9 September 1916 189

Notes 193

Bibliography 199

Index 201

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