Home Before the Leaves Fall

A New History of the German Invasion of 1914

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The result of years of research in British, French and German archives, this is a new critical history of how close Germany came to winning the First World War in 1914.

The German invasion of France and Belgium in August 1914 came close to defeating the French armies, capturing Paris and ending the First World War before the autumn leaves had fallen. But the German armies failed to score the knock-out blow they had planned and the war would drag on for four years of unprecedented slaughter.

There are many accounts of 1914 from the British point of view, and the achievements of the British Expeditionary Force are the stuff of legend. But in reality, there were only four British divisions in the field, while the French and Germans had more than 60 each. The real story of the battle can only be told by an author with the skill to mine the extensive German and French archives.

Ian Senior does this with consummate skill, weaving together strategic analysis with diary entries and interview transcripts from the soldiers on the ground to create a remarkable new history.

Table of Contents


1 The Schlieffen-Moltke Plan
2 Plan XVII
3 Opening Moves
4 The Battle of Charleroi
5 The Retreat Begins
6 The Battle of Guise
7 The Retreat Continues
8 The Eve of Battle
9 Taken by Surprise
10 Bloody Days at Trocy
11 The Barrier of the Marshes
12 Struggle for the High Ground
13 Night Attack
14 Stalemate on the Ourcq
15 The Beginning of the End
16 The Last Retreat
17 Analysis

1 Composition and Order of Battle of the French and German Armies and the British Expeditionary Force
2 Table of Equivalent Ranks
3 Directive of 27 August
4 Joffre's Order for the Battle of the Marne


Product details

Published Jul 20 2012
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 400
ISBN 9781780968650
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 16 b/w
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Ian Senior

Ian Senior read Natural Sciences at Cambridge and…


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