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The Resource Fire and movement : the British Expeditionary Force and the campaign of 1914, Peter Hart

Fire and movement : the British Expeditionary Force and the campaign of 1914, Peter Hart

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Fire and movement : the British Expeditionary Force and the campaign of 1914
Title
Fire and movement
Title remainder
the British Expeditionary Force and the campaign of 1914
Statement of responsibility
Peter Hart
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The dramatic opening weeks of the Great War passed into legend long before the conflict ended. The British Expeditionary Force fought a mesmerizing campaign, outnumbered and outflanked but courageous and skillful, holding the line against impossible odds, sacrificing themselves to stop the last great German offensive of 1914. A remarkable story of high hopes and crushing disappointment culminates in the climax of the First Battle of Ypres. And yet, as Peter Hart shows in this look at the war's first year, for too long the British part in the 1914 campaigns has been veiled in layers of self-congratulatory myth: a tale of unprepared Britain, reliant on the peerless class of her regular soldiers to bolster the rabble of the unreliable French Army and defeat the teeming hordes of German troops. But the reality of those early months is in fact far more complex-and ultimately, Hart argues, far more powerful than the standard triumphalist narrative. Fire and Movement places the British role in 1914 into a proper historical context, incorporating the personal experiences of the men who were present on the front lines. The British regulars were indeed skillful soldiers, Hart writes, courageous and adaptable in the near-impossible circumstances in which they found themselves. But they also lacked practice in many of the required disciplines of modern warfare. Hart also offers a more accurate portrait of the German Army they faced--not the caricature of hordes of automatons, but the reality of a well-trained and superlatively equipped force that outfought the BEF in the early battles--and allows readers to come to a full appreciation of the role of the French Army, which has often been marginalized"--Provided by publisher
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
940.4/21
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
D546
LC item number
.H44 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Fire and movement : the British Expeditionary Force and the campaign of 1914, Peter Hart
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Small beginnings -- Ready for war? -- Lights out -- The road to Mons -- Battle of Mons -- Battle of Le Cateau -- The great retreat -- Battle of the Marne -- Battle of the Aisne -- Race to the sea -- Battle of Ypres: Contact -- Battle of Ypres: Bedlam -- Life in the trenches -- Stagnation -- Christmas truce -- Epilogue
Control code
ocn881386380
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 480 pages, 40 unnumbered pages of plates, maps
Isbn
9780199989270
Lccn
2014008945
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40024181745
System control number
  • (OCoLC)881386380
  • (Sirsi) a1867783
Label
Fire and movement : the British Expeditionary Force and the campaign of 1914, Peter Hart
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Small beginnings -- Ready for war? -- Lights out -- The road to Mons -- Battle of Mons -- Battle of Le Cateau -- The great retreat -- Battle of the Marne -- Battle of the Aisne -- Race to the sea -- Battle of Ypres: Contact -- Battle of Ypres: Bedlam -- Life in the trenches -- Stagnation -- Christmas truce -- Epilogue
Control code
ocn881386380
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 480 pages, 40 unnumbered pages of plates, maps
Isbn
9780199989270
Lccn
2014008945
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40024181745
System control number
  • (OCoLC)881386380
  • (Sirsi) a1867783

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