The Battle of Mons takes its place in the history of the British army beside Corunna and Dunkirk. Initially, all three were defeats, saved from disaster by the courage of the soldiers and the skill of some of the commanders, and paving the way to great feats of arms and final success. In the context of the whole of the WW1, Mons was a small scale affair; comparatively short in duration, and resulting in casualties that were light indeed by the standard of later battles. But, from the British viewpoint, its importance was crucial, partly because it was the first time for close on a hundred years that a British Army had been engaged in warfare on the continent of Europe, and partly because that army passed straight from the dejection of defeat to the exhilaration of the Battle of the Marne – one of the decisive battles of the War.
This reprint of a classic military history by one of the most outstanding historians of the last century tells the story of a retreat that ranks alongside Corunna and Dunkirk. The British Expeditionary Force -... [read full review]Soldier Magazine, April 2010
Unlike a lot of military historians who have managed to make careers out of very limited expertise, John Terraine was no one-trick-pony. As well as an authorative history of the RAF in the Second World... [read full review]Daly History Blog, July 2010
Despite its title this book isn't really about the Battle of Mons, which only occupies one of the book's ten chapters. The book actually looks at the entire first phase of fighting on the Western... [read full review]History of War Website April 2010
John Terraine's role in military history was both long and distinguished. Not least he triggered the re-evaluation of Douglas Haig and brought both perception and understanding to his writing on 20th century conflict. This edition... [read full review]Stand To - No 89
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