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This review is from: Ypres: The First Battle 1914 (Paperback)
Beckett's book is the latest account of the first year of the first world war. The exploits of Britain's excellent 1914 army made up of regulars and reservists is described in the international and military context. The battles from Mons and Le Cateau to Ypres are well described with useful maps. It is an excellent account of the brilliant feat of arms during which the small British Army stopped the massive German assault through Belgium and into Flanders. In the early stages, four infantry and one cavalry divisions faced I and II German Armies. The Germans were advancing in column to outflank the French and pass around Paris to the west before circling back east to wrap up the French army. They did not succeed. One of the main reasons was the heroism and tenacity of the British Army. By the end of the year, they had ceased to exist. The German attack had been halted and the static phase of the war had begun.