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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military (21 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848841701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848841703
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.5 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 458,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I originally had this book years ago when I was a young teenager and read it about 4 times over a period of 20 years. Unfortunately it got lost a few years ago when I moved home.

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.
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This very readable account of the beginning of the Great War concentrates on the much smaller but effective British contribution by the contemptible little army, the Kaiser claimed never to have used this phrase but to have said insignificant little army and but for the training in marksmanship he would have been correct and the Germans got a bit of a shock some historians doubt this but I feel they overlook the German looting of Alcohol on the grand scale that caused friendly fire incidents that civilians at times paid a heavy price for and perhaps coupled to the usual courage over confidence in attack, this did not last long any more than the French continued with brave but suicidal charges against German forces, neither the French or German army had had a sobering lesson from the Boers, focus is never lost of what a viscous exhausting episode this was for everyone involved,there are many good accounts old and new of this campaign but I am pleased I read this one first as it lays out the day to day action in a way very easy to take in and the reading of other books on the events if 1914 far easier to comprehend.
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A very good book, quite informative without being over-detailed. Have just returned from a battlefield trip to Mons (First and Last Shots of World War I) and this was a good reference book to gain an overview of the Retreat from Mons without getting bogged down in technicalities. Book was new, received on time and in good condition. Very pleased.
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Readable historians are not widespread; I was reading the first chapter when I decided that John Terraine was one of the rare, readable ones. AN easily digestible read, he painted an interesting picture of how the 3 nations' armies involved arrived with outdated tactics and equipment and evolved along the way. An important period in European history< I found this an absorbing read.
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A good coverage of this battle and retreat of the BEF from August 1914. You had to be hard to follow in the footsteps of these soldiers fighting and on foot all the way to the Marne river. I have nothing but admiration for this army and the way Smith- Dorrien fought this battle. Although General French comes across as a bit of a yo-yo.
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John Terraine (1923-2001) was a historian who set out to correct various myths which had arisen about the First World War, the most persistent of which is that it was all `pointless'. We still hear this one repeated, regularly, by pacifists.

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.
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