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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but..., 28 Jan. 2010
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This review is from: The Marne, 1914: The Opening of World War I and the Battle That Changed the World (Hardcover)
not always engaging. The research behind The Marne is impressive. This is probably the most detailed overarching account of the first month of the Great War that exists. The title is a tad misleading, for the book covers the bitter opening battles along the entire Western Front, encompassing the actions of all four armies fighting in August and September 1914. For a largely academic volume, the author does not ignore the human (and inhuman) element - the horrors of battle and the 'German atrocities'.

At times the narrative becomes bogged down with the movements and manoeuvres of armies, however. Corps X, division Y, gaps and flanks which may be good for serious military historians but rather confuse the more general reader. That's not helped by the maps, some of which have reproduced rather poorly. Also the photographic selection is very limited: the only images from the actual campaign show destruction of the Liège forts and devastated Louvain; not one photograph of the actual Marne campaign!

With these reservations in mind, this is an impressive addition to our understanding of the first weeks of the 1914 campaign, but for human drama, Barbara Tuchmann's August 1914 still stands supreme after five decades.
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Initial post: 11 Oct 2011 16:39:17 BDT
Zephyr says:
I agree, read Tuchmann first.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2013 13:12:13 GMT
Squeeth says:
What does Herwig make of Terry Zuber's findings?
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