The Campaign of the Marne 1914

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A masterly account of the First World War in the West."—John Keegan

"A distinguished piece of historical writing."—Journal of Modern History

"Admirable... clear and interesting."—Foreign Affairs

"Direct and clear... it lays bare a most complicated course of events so that even the layman can follow."—New Republic

With diplomacy unraveling during the summer of 1914, Germany ...

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A masterly account of the First World War in the West."—John Keegan

"A distinguished piece of historical writing."—Journal of Modern History

"Admirable... clear and interesting."—Foreign Affairs

"Direct and clear... it lays bare a most complicated course of events so that even the layman can follow."—New Republic

With diplomacy unraveling during the summer of 1914, Germany swept into Belgium during the first week of August in an audacious attempt to catch France and England off guard. First contemplated after the Franco-Prussian War, the Schlieffen Plan was designed to keep Germany from fighting on two fronts. With a quick and decisive victory over France and its allies to the west, Germany could then confront Russia to the east. Despite the surprise of Germany's initial advance, the plan ultimately failed because it required much more mobile troops than were available at the time - something that would have to await the mechanized blitzkrieg of World War II—allowing France and British Expeditionary Forces to establish a tenacious defense. What followed was a stalemate along the Marne River and the beginning of four long years of destructive trench warfare that would only be lifted by a joint French, British, and American offensive across this same river plain in 1918. In The Campaign of the Marne, the entire genesis of the Schlieffen Plan, its modification, implementation, and the complex series of grueling battles that followed is laid out with the intent to make the entire episode comprehensible to the general reader. Hailed as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of the twentieth century by eminent military historian John Keegan, this is the first time the book has been available since its original publication in 1935.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594160424
  • Publisher: Westholme Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 1,542,325
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

The Schlieffen Plan     1
Plan XVII     11
Comparisons     23
The Prelude to Armageddon     39
The Contemptibles     44
Liege     50
The Offensive in Lorraine     61
The Offensive in the Ardennes     75
Belgium Invaded     93
The Battle of the Sambre     101
Mons     119
The Genesis of the Marne     129
At Coblenz     134
Le Cateau     139
The Counter-Stroke     147
Guise-St. Quentin     153
Von Kluck Changes Course     162
The Little Red Schoolhouse     166
Von Kluck Disobeys     171
Last Days of Retreat     175
Kitchener Intervenes     179
Joffre Prepares for Battle     187
The Defence of Paris     196
The Schlieffen Plan Discarded     204
The Critical Day     211
The Meeting at Melun     221
Joinder of Battle     225
The Battle of the Ourcq     231
The Battle of the Two Morins     245
The British March into the Breach     252
The Marshes of St. Gond     257
The Mission of Lieutenant-Colonel Hentsch     267
Von Bulow's Decision     273
The Climax on the Ourcq     280
Foch Stands Firm     286
The Battle around Vitry     295
The Gap of Revigny     301
The Heights of Nancy     311
Ebb-Tide     321
The Pursuit     331
The Marne in Retrospect     337
Legend and Fact     342
Joffre the Victor     347
The Schlieffen Plan of 1905 and modifications introduced between 1905 and 1914     353
Orders of Battle upon completion of concentrations and comparative tables of effectives     355
Instructions from Lord Kitchener to Sir John French, August 1914     360
Joffre's General Instructions No. 1, of August 8th, issued to the French armies at the outset of the campaign     362
The French High Command's estimate of the German Order of Battle: (1) August 16th, (2) August 23rd, (3) August 25th     364
Joffre's principal orders to the Allied left wing armies preparatory to the Battles of the Sambre and of Mons: (1) August 15th, (2) August 18th, (3) August 21st     366
Joffre's General Instructions No. 2, of August 25th, setting forth his plan of operations for the Allied armies after the Battle of the Frontiers      369
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