If readers are influenced by the reviews a book gets then I can see how the previous reviewer will have affected sales of this valuable book. As a serious historian specialising in this particular conflict I would recommend this book to any student but more especially to any person coming only recently discovering an interest in these matters fore the following reasons: Mons is frequently characterised as an heroic failure for the British, indeed Nigel Farndale in his novel "The Blasphemer" says as much from the sources he had used but Farr puts the record straight here. The German Army was thrashing about in the dark unaware of the true British presence until it was too late and Farr shows that it threw the enemy off track forcing errors that would bring about the failure of the Germans to exploit properly the brilliance of The Schlieffen Plan. The relevant facts are well presented and the sources used are respectable and sound.
Farr then goes on to give what is a standardized abridged report on the conduct of the bit in the middle and again, from an introductory point of view these are very good essays.
Lastly he covers the liberation of Mons. Farr's interest in this stems from his affection for General Henry Horne and the reasons are pretty clear why. Horne started his war at Mons as a Brigadier gunner and ended the war there as the only gunner general in command of an army. Horne was enormously proud of the privilege that liberating Mons was. The town had a psychophysical importance way in excess of the first battles overall importance. It was where the Germans had expected to sweep aside the British but instead they were stopped in their tracks. Farr covers the details well and I feel better informed having never looked specofically at this aspect of the war.Read more ›
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An interesting read but still leaves gaps15 Oct 2013
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Yes an interesting read but it still leaves gaps in the events of the day. I personally have met daughters & sons of soldiers who can account for their fathers telling them of the massive 'Angels of Mons' appearances. Read the following on amazon Brilliant war angel book in a time of world crisis. Countless documented 20th century true accounts of miracles, British SOLDIERS in the 1st & 2nd WORLD WARS helped by ANGELIC FORCES in response to the national days of Christian prayer. Including welsh mountain angel, India miracle, deathbed visions, White Cavalry of Bethume, from U-boat to pulpit, sinking the Bismark, voices in the night, `Mons angels', York minster fireball smited, the Israeli nation reborn by Balfour treaty, Dunkirk, whale-swallowed James Bartley survives, miracle of the fog, atomic prophecy, near death experiences, Hitler war criminals Christ covert,& so much more! Phenomenal!→ Look into the truth of Christianity for yourself, knock & the door opens!
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True Story BOOK `On the side of the Angels'(1915) By Harold Begbie of 1st World WAR `MONS ANGELS'. Harold Begbie was involved in the Oxford Group(later called Moral Re-Armament) & with the Salvation Army.His social reform concerns appear strongly in his book `The Little that is Good'(1917) writing of charitable work among the poor of London. He raised large sums of money for East End charities. Begbie documented & defended the confirmed reality of the SOLDIER witnessed apparitions - `The Angels of Mons' & attacked occult journalist Arthur Machen for claiming they began with his divisive bootleg "The Bowmen".Arthur Machen a`Golden Dawn'Occult Spiritist with Mr.A.E.Waite (Rider-Waite TAROT) & Satanist Aleister Crowley! The Evil Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn is one of the largest influences on 20th century Western Freemason `light bearer' Occultism, the secret tyranny that continues to dispel the apparitions & sets stealthily to eradicate all bible truth! Harold Begbie quote "Not to believe in the angels is to believe in a mindless,meaningless & soulless universe."
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