Invasion 1914

The Schlieffen Plan to the Battle of the Marne

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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.

For a century, accounts of the German invasion of France and the opening year of the First World War have been dominated by histories of British troops and their experience in battle, despite the fact that the British Expeditionary Force comprised just four divisions, while the French and Germans fielded 60 each.

Published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War, Invasion 1914 examines how the German invasion of France and Belgium came agonizingly close to defeating the French armies, capturing Paris and ending the First World War before the end of the year.

Ian Senior reveals how the initial German strategy revolved around, and in part depended on, rapid victory over the French, and how the failure to achieve this resulted in the surprisingly fluid battles of the early days of the war deteriorating into the trench-based warfare which was to see the war drag on for another four years of unprecedented slaughter.

Weaving together strategic analysis, diary entries, eyewitness accounts and interview transcripts from soldiers on the ground with consummate skill, this narrative is a timely investigation into the dramatic early months of the war, as the fate of Europe hung in the balance.

Table of Contents

List of Maps

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


Product details

Published Aug 20 2014
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 456
ISBN 9781472809261
Imprint Osprey Publishing
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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