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From the Publisher"...a highly recommended, striking history."
- The Midwest Book Review (November 2012)
There are many accounts of 1914 from the British point of view. The achievements of the British Expeditionary Force were the stuff of legend, but in ...
There are many accounts of 1914 from the British point of view. The achievements of the British Expeditionary Force were the stuff of legend, but in reality there were only four divisions in the field; the French and Germans had more than 60 each. The real story of the battle can only be told by an author with the skill to mine the extensive German and French archives. Ian Senior does this with consummate skill, weaving together strategic analysis with diary entries and interview transcripts from the soldiers on the ground to create a remarkable new history. In addition, all previous classic histories on the subject either focus virtually exclusively on the British experiences or are now very out-of-date such as Barbara Tuchman's Guns of August (1962) or Sewell Tyng's Campaign of the Marne (1935).
Supported by up numerous sketch maps, extensive archival research and poignant first-hand accounts, Home before the leaves fall is an accessible, narrative account of the German invasion that came within an ace of victory, that long hot summer.
1 The Schlieffen-Moltke Plan 17
2 Plan XVII 43
3 Opening Moves 65
4 The Battle of Charleroi 73
5 The Retreat Begins 103
6 The Battle of Guise 130
7 The Retreat Continues 159
8 The Eve of Battle 192
9 Taken by Surprise 203
10 Bloody Days at Trocy 224
11 The Barrier of the Marshes 234
12 Struggle for the High Ground 241
13 Night Attack 256
14 Stalemate on the Ourcq 275
15 The Beginning of the End 288
16 The Last Retreat 292
17 Analysis 310
1 Composition and order of Battle of the French and German Armies and the British Expeditionary Force 342
2 Table of Equivalent Ranks 362
3 Directive of 27 August 363
4 Joffre's Order for the Battle of the Marne 366