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 of Mons: Retreat to Victory, amazingly to this reviewer was first published no less than fifty years ago. Although written before access to war diaries, the author's research provided the first real, humanised, if Anglo-centric overview of the BEF's first battle and those who participated in it.
Surprisingly there has been very little subsequent deep analysis of the battle and Mons: Retreat to Victory has remained pretty much the standard work on the subject.
Stand To - No 89