Mons: The Retreat to Victory Paperback – 21 Jan 2010
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They book is well written. I really like John Terraine's writing style and insights. It is well researched and brings a lot of insights into the key characters.
At the time the War was regarded by vast numbers of people in Britain as `The Great War for Civilisation', which had saved Europe from German militarism (and even barbarism). The family of every man who fell was sent a medallion, which bore the that inscription and the words `He died for Honour and for Freedom' on the other side. (I have one, because my grandfather was killed during the last German offensive of March 1918). Thereafter, the poets and revisionists got to work, culminating in the popular film `Oh What A Lovely War!' which portrayed the whole thing as a futile and bloody shambles. Tell that to the Belgians, who were occupied by the Germans for four years; and tell it to the Russians, who had to submit to a dictated peace in 1917, at Brest-Litovsk.
In a series of books, Terraine attempted to show that there was much truth in the inscription on that medal than we had come to believe. He was the mastermind behind the BBC's brilliant series `The Great War' (1964) and the author of `Douglas Haig, the Educated Soldier' (1963) which attempted to refute the idea that Haig was merely the leading `donkey', in an undistinguished cast of British generals.
`Mons' is now re-published by `Pen & Sword' and this is most welcome. It was first published in 1960.Read more ›
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I loved reading where my Grandfather was during the battle of Mons - he was in the Royal West Kent Regiment - I can only imagine what all of these brave men went through. Read morePublished on 7 July 2014 by Jennifer Thompson
This book was first published over 50 years ago, and possibly opinions have changed since that time. Read morePublished on 22 April 2014 by Strephon