The Marne, 1914

The Marne, 1914

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

Book - 2011
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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.
Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2011, c2009
ISBN: 9780812978292
Branch Call Number: 940 .421 HER
Characteristics: xix, 391 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., maps, ports. ;,21 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

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