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Fire and Movement: The British Expeditionary Force and the Campaign of 1914 Hardcover – 30 Oct 2014

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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: OUP USA; 1st Edition edition (30 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199989273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199989270
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 4.3 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fire and Movement is certainly the best and most perceptive account of the BEF in 1914 currently in print... It is impossible to offer more than a very strong recommendation for peter Hart's latest work. (David Filsell, The Bulletin of the Military Historical Society.)

s an Imperial War Museum oral historian with a string of books about the Great War covering such diverse subjects as Gallipoli, Jutland, and the air war to his name, Peter Hart is justly renowned. With his consumate melding of narrative with descriptions from contemporary diaries and letters, he has effectively taken over the mantle of Lyn MacDonald, producing works that are both accessible to the general reader and informative to the expert. This new volume, covering the Great War from its outbreak until the end of 1914 is no exception. (Western Front Association: Stand To!, Niall Ferguson)

Hart has established himself as a respected historian on the Great War... His books are never dry academic tomes. Pitched at the general reading public and Great War buffs alike, they deliver a clear, engaging and easy to read narrative, interspersed with analysis, and laced with chunks of quotes from participants that add colour and substance to the incidents he relates. (Sydney Morning Herald, Chris Roberts)

Fire and Movement is an eminently readable volume ... Hart's work has established a place as a valuable text on the subject. It will appeal to both scholars and general readers, and deserves to be read by both. (Spencer Jones, Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research)

It is [a] combination of strongly expressed opinion, nuance, rigorous argument, and research which makes this book an excellent read, as much for the beginner as for those with previous knowledge. (Bijan Omrani, Military History magazine)

Hart's ability to capture individual warriors' experiences as they vividly described them and connect those stories to the broader campaign narrative is a key strength of Fire and Movement (Brian Drohan, Army History)

About the Author

Peter Hart is Oral Historian of the Imperial War Museum in London. He is the author of The Great War: A Combat History of the First World War;Gallipoli;The Somme: The Darkest Hour on the Western Front; and 1918: A Very British Victory.



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