The Marne, 1914: The Opening of World War I and the Battle That Changed the World

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 1, 2009 - History - 391 pages
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For the first time in a generation, here is a bold new account of the Battle of the Marne, a cataclysmic encounter that prevented a quick German victory in World War I and changed the course of two wars and the world. With exclusive information based on newly unearthed documents, Holger H. Herwig re-creates the dramatic battle and reinterprets Germany’s aggressive “Schlieffen Plan” as a carefully crafted design to avoid a protracted war against superior coalitions. He paints a fresh portrait of the run-up to the Marne and puts in dazzling relief the Battle of the Marne itself: the French resolve to win, and the crucial lack of coordination between Germany’s First and Second Armies. Herwig also provides stunning cameos of all the important players, from Germany’s Chief of General Staff Helmuth von Moltke to his rival, France’s Joseph Joffre. Revelatory and riveting, this is the source on this seminal event.
  

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A triumphant romp through the most crucial days of WW1 taking on on the boots of the German armies as it comes to within sight of Paris, and how everything broke down and how France was saved. This is ... Read full review

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I debate the stark originality that the back cover led to make of this book when I picked it up. Quite clearly Herwig has read Tuchman's The Guns of August and much of this book's pacing and even ... Read full review

Contents

Now or Never
3
Europe 1914 showing major rail lines
4
Let Slip the Dogs ofVIhr
30
Schlieffen Plan 1905 and French Plan XVII
58
Death in the Vosges
74
Liege to Lomlain
105
Liege evening of 6 August 1914
125
The Ardennes
132
The Allieel retreat 2630 August 1914
208
The Allied retreat 30 August5 September 1914
212
The Ourcq
225
The Mame
266
Battle of the Marne 9 September ll4
278
Foch and French Ninth Army in the SaintGonel Marshe
288
Epilogue
307
The front stabilizes at the Aisne River
308

Battles of Charleroi and Mons 2124 August 1914
139
Squandered Cimacterics
159
German Third Armys assault on Dinant
163
Battle of Le Cateau
178
Battle of Guise
180
To the Marne
191
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
321
ABBREVIATIONS
323
NOTES
333
GLOSSARY 371
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INDEX
374
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About the author (2009)

Holger H. Herwig holds a dual position at the University of Calgary as professor of history and as Canada Research Chair in the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies. He has published more than a dozen books, including the prize-winning The First World War: Germany and Austria-Hungary 1914-1918 and (with Richard F. Hamilton) The Origins of World War I.


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