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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; 1st Edition edition (15 Sept. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855325519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855325517
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.6 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 326,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Lomas is the pen name of Deborah Lake who currently lives and works in Northumberland.

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'We're off to fight the bloody Belgians!' an enthusiastic British soldier informed an astonished listener in the first, exciting days of August 1914. Read the first page
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robin Fitton on 6 Nov. 2013
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The maps can't be read on the kindle version (on my MAc or Ipad). They are very poor scans and have been zoomed in and cut and pasted in lo-res (no zoom option). I am asking Amazon for a refund because they are basically unreadable with crucial sections of text cut off and maps at different zoom levels cut together so a road will suddenly jump a 3mm up the page into a blurry mess. Such a shame because maps are perfect material for ebooks, you could make them hi-res and allow the viewer to zoom and pan across the key details. Instead they are a slap dash mess and unreadable in the current format. A total waste of money, go get the real book until they sort the e-book out. Perhaps even a quality check before it is put on sale would be a good idea?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Goodall on 25 Aug. 2013
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this will help in filling in spaces in history of where my Grand father saw action during that comflict
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Excellent reference work . . . Very useful for Great War Centenary projects. Art work somewhat amateurish - and fairly pointless
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
the unravelling of the Von Schlieffen plan 1 Oct. 2007
By Douglas E. Libert - Published on
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Lots of pictures in this book that I'd never seen before and excellent maps throughout as well as the usual great Osprey artwork. Von Schlieffen said to "keep the right wing strong" but needs of the German army in other areas necessitated a reduction on the Belgian front.The British who were responsible for carrying the defense of Belgium were able to pick apart the German schlieffen plan at Mons and surrounding areas.The Germans absorbed high casualties using frontal assaults little removed from the Franco-Prussian war while the British retreated giving the Germans a "Pyrric victory".Lots of human interest stories of Victoria Crosses.At Mons field manuevers and infantry and cavalry assaults were used and marked a ray of hope for the German army that it could still remain quick and mobile. Things rapidly changed as the British use of artillery and machine guns indicated that the face of warfare was rapidly changing.I'm sure the Germans must have lost alot of confidence with anywhere from 12,000 to as high as 30,000 casaulties estimated.(German record keeping was not real good),and the British approximately had 8,000.The German army grossly outnumbered the BEF at Mons but due to imperfections of scouting and reconaissance information,they were unaware of it.A skeleton crew of British made splinters of Schlieffen's slamming door at Mons.Already at Mons you can see a division between France and Britain over placement of troops.The northern front(Belgium) is seen as Britains'responsibility while the French take the southern front(France itself).The area between these 2 fronts were squabbled over with each country saying the other was responsible for its defense.
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The Professional British Army "cuts its teeth" sucessfully despite heavy odds. 2 May 2010
By John "Silence is Golden" - Published on
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This is an good overview of the not only the Battle of Mons but also the Battles of Le Cateau and Villers-Cotterets and the desperate but sucessful retreat of the BEF in which they avoided annilihation by Von Kluck's army. The maps ,color plates and pictures are all very good quality. Sir Horace Smith - Dorrien the commander of the BEF's 2cd Corps emerges as an outstanding commander that most sucessfully navigated the " fog of war " in the defense postioning and fighting his Corps at Mons and Le Cateau against the far superior numbers of the German 1st Army. The German 1st and 2cd Armies had their chances to destroy the 11 Corps but the inexperience of their commanders Von Kluck and Von Bulow,initial faulty attack tactics by their infantry, exhaustion due to hard marching and stout defensive stands by a well trained British infantry firing up to 30 aimed shots per minute allowed the 2cd Corps and BEF to survive and ultimately play a critical role in winning the battle of the Marne less than a month later. It is a pity that Smith - Dorrien was hated by the incompetent BEF Commander in Chief, Sir John French because his command insight and audacity was vital in the preventing German victories AND YET it was Smith - Dorrien who was ultimately was relieved of command due to French's anger and jellously. The British made some costly mistakes - inefficent communications left battalions and companies to be surrounded by overwhelming numbers and fighting their field artillery in the open resulted in 24 field guns being lost at Le Cateau {and 36 pieces overall} due to more effective German indirect artillery fire. The German army displayed reckless courage and took heavy casualties but also showed that they could and did} adjust their tactics to use their superior #s to envelope British defensive positions. Still, the long service / professional BEF acquitted itself with a military competence that was sorely lacking in the Kitchener " new army " that fought at the Somme in 1916. The narrative is an " easy read " and even the minor actions are mentioned even if briefly . This is a lucid, informative if brief telling of a legendary battle. I give this book 4 stars and recommend it to both the casual reader and World War 1 enthusiast.
A Solid Overview of this Battle 2 Jun. 2013
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The author, David Lomas, does a fine job of providing a succinct overview of this World War I campaign which consisted of several engagements. Primarily, this book covers the Battle of Mons, the Retreat of the BEF, and the Battle of Le Cateau. The first few chapters provide the background and are both informative and short. For example, The Opposing Commanders chapter is a quick three pages. Nevertheless, they provide just the right amount of information.

This book, which is number 49 in the Osprey Campaign series, is written in the earlier format. For example, it contains a four page chapter at the end which is focused on war gamming. Another aspect of this earlier format is the extensive Order of Battle. Nine pages of the book are dedicated to the OOB for both sides. That said, this chapter is well organized and easy to read.

The book has a large number of black and white photos which give the reader a good feel for events as they happened. In addition to the usual portrait photos, the book has some very interesting historical pictures. For example, page 41 contains two candid photos of British cavalry entering Mons on the eve of the battle.

The book has five 2D tactical maps. Although they are very detailed, they also contain extraneous information. The narrative boxes are placed on the map in no particular order. The 3D Birds Eye View maps are also helpful but slightly disorganized. The narrative bullets are placed around the map in a non sequential pattern. Essentially, these maps contain useful information. The reader, however, just needs to make an extra effort to grasp the whole picture.

Bottom line: This is an excellent overview of the Mons campaign. The book is an easy read and moves quickly. It is written in the early Campaign series format and thus contains chapters like war gamming that might not be useful to those readers solely focused on the historical elements of this battle. One of the best features of this book is the large number of photos. All in all, a pretty good read.
9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
For modelers and historians 25 May 2000
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This book provides, in the usual Osprey Battles format, a nice overview of the first great battle fought by the BEF in WWI. There are plenty of black and white photos, as well as color drawings featuring uniforms, armament, and so on.
If you are a modeler, you could add Osprey's THE OLD CONTEMPTIBLES for a more complete vision of the BEF, and THE GERMAN ARMY 1914-1918 for an "other-side-of-the-trenches" view.
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