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on 20 March 2014
A stylishly written and evocative book. Easily accessible for those new to the subject, but packed with enough well-researched details to keep war studies fanatics happy. Jones' writing has a remarkable efficiency, giving details at the right time to enhance the atmosphere, in much the same way that a novelist chooses details to add to a narrative. Every bit of information has a point. The description of the battle of Mons is a particular highlight for me, perfectly capturing the tension of the event. I will be looking out for future works by this author.
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on 12 April 2014
A really good read and very informative too.
Breaking the battles down into each specific one makes them easier for the reader to understand how they came about and the impact they had on the on going war. Not being a historian or expert in any of the wars, I'm merely a person with a keen interest, I was totally engrossed from start to finish. I highly recommend this book.
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on 18 March 2014
Both enjoyable and information, Spencer Jones has written a clear and engaging short read, for those new to the topic and those wishing to revisit this period. Beginning with an excellent introduction to the start of WWI and background information required, Jones sets the scene perfectly. The Great Retreat is packed with personable details about leading figures and key comments made by men who were there. The battles are clearly brought to life, highlighting quirky facts such as beer being given as a reward for good marksmanship and children racing between the English and Germans during a battle. While Jones sets forward the ways in which leading figures failed their men, the overarching theme is one of an often heroic and occasionally inspired British force who would ultimately be victorious.
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on 18 March 2014
This book is an extremely well written and highly readable account of The Great Retreat of 1914. As well as providing clear summaries of the events, it sheds some new light and opinion on the desperate battles. It also has some useful external links (at the start) and interesting images (at the close). A fantastic introduction into the topic
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on 17 March 2014
A very good read. The author has created a detailed and inciteful study of the circumstances, leaders and fighting men that shaped the BEF and explains how the small British army that arrived in France in August of 1914 was able to punch well above its weight.
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on 26 January 2017
An excellent introduction to the first fluid months of the Great War, evocative, informative and an extremely humane look at the chaos and the bravery exhibited by regiments and individuals, well written and well worth a read.
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on 9 April 2014
I felt the book had the right balance between history of events and engagements and analysis of the British Old Contemptibles. I would have liked a little more analysis about the German army.
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on 23 March 2015
A concise and snappy overview of one of the most interesting, yet overlooked, events in First World War history. Easily accessible to the general reader who is interested in the First World War - not filled with tricky terms and really enjoyable to read - but definitely an academic gem. And for the price, an absolute bargain. Here's hoping for a series of these...
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on 7 April 2014
Clear, concise but with a Soldier's eye for the details that matter. A very readable account of one of the most professional achievements in the long proud history of the British Army; unfairly but inevitably overshadowed in our collective memory by the trench carnage that followed.
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on 14 May 2014
Learned a lot that I didn't know about the BED and the first moments of WOW. Pointed out the strengths of the British army and the weaknesses. Also about the lessons learned from the boar war. Great book, easy read. Only criticism was I wanted it longer. The author has a nice writing style.
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