The Marne 1914

The Marne 1914

The Opening of World War I and the Battle That Changed the World

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It is one of the essential events of military history, a cataclysmic encounter that prevented a quick German victory in World War I and changed the course of two wars and the world. Now, for the first time in a generation, here is a bold new account of the Battle of the Marne. A landmark work by a distinguished scholar, The Marne, 1914 gives, for the first time, all sides of the story. In remarkable detail, and with exclusive information based on newly unearthed documents, Holger H. Herwig superbly re-creates the dramatic battle, revealing how the German force was foiled and years of brutal trench warfare were made inevitable.

Herwig brilliantly reinterprets Germany’s aggressive “Schlieffen Plan”–commonly considered militarism run amok–as a carefully crafted, years-in-the-making design to avoid a protracted war against superior coalitions. He also paints a new portrait of the run-up to the Marne: the Battle of the Frontiers, long thought a coherent assault but really a series of haphazard engagements that left “heaps of corpses,” France demoralized, Belgium in ruins, and Germany emboldened to take Paris.

Finally, Herwig puts in dazzling relief the Battle of the Marne itself: the French resolve to win, which included the exodus of 100,000 people from Paris (where even pigeons were placed under state control in case radio communications broke down), the crucial lack of coordination between Germany’s First and Second Armies, and the fateful “day of rest” taken by the Third Army. He provides revelatory new facts about the all-important order of retreat by Germany’s Lieutenant Colonel Richard Hentsch, previously an event hardly documented and here freshly reconstructed from diary excerpts.

Herwig also provides stunning cameos of all the important players: Germany’s Chief of General Staff Helmuth von Moltke, progressively despairing and self-pitying as his plans go awry; his rival, France’s Joseph Joffre, seemingly weak but secretly unflappable and steely; and Commander of the British Expeditionary Force John French, arrogant, combative, and mercurial.

The Marne, 1914
puts into context the battle’s rich historical significance: how it turned the war into a four-year-long fiasco that taught Europe to accept a new form of barbarism and stoked the furnace for the fires of World War II. Revelatory and riveting, this will be the new source on this seminal event.

Baker & Taylor
It is one of the essential events of military history, a cataclysmic encounter that prevented a quick German victory in World War I and changed the course of two wars. This is a bold new account of the Battle of the Marne, giving, for the first time, allsides of the story. Military historian Holger H. Herwig reinterprets Germany's aggressive Schlieffen Plan as a carefully crafted design to avoid a protracted war against superior coalitions. He also provides cameos of the important players. In remarkabledetail, and with exclusive information based on newly unearthed documents, Herwig re-creates the dramatic battle, revealing how the uncoordinated German forces were foiled and years of brutal trench warfare were made inevitable.--From publisher description.

Book News
Herwig (the Center for Military and Strategic Studies, University of Calgary, Canada) looks at the Battle of Marne, the first clash of WWI, from the perspective of the seven German armies that invaded France and Belgium, drawing on the archives of the various federal German contingents. The book offers historical background on the political situation in Germany prior to the battle, details of the battle itself, and an analysis of German battle plans, plus detailed profiles of the battle's important German, French, and British leaders. Of special interest are newly revealed details, based on diary accounts, about the order of retreat by Germany's Lt. Col. Richard Hentsch. The book includes b&w historical photos, and a brief chapter of notes on sources and archives. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Evaluates the Battle of the Marne as one of the most important land battles of the 20th century and analyzes the strategies of Germany's plan to capture France and how its failure culminated in a catastrophic trench war.
Evaluates the Battle of the Marne as what the author believes to be the most important land battle of the 20th century, in an account that analyzes the strategies of Germany's plan to capture France and how its failure culminated in a catastrophic trench war.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400066711
1400066719
Characteristics: xix, 391 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm

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ChristchurchLib May 12, 2014

"Evaluates the Battle of the Marne as what the author believes to be the most important land battle of the 20th century, in an account that analyzes the strategies of Germany's plan to capture France and how its failure culminated in a catastrophic trench war." History and Current Events May 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/07a6a31c-7455-4328-9850-87f64b0c952f?postId=4ba36ab2-e78e-4e70-abde-d37ee7b88a73

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