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The Retreat from Mons 1914 : South (Paperback)

The Western Front by Car, by Bike and on Foot

WWI Battlefield Guidebooks Mons WWI Battlefield Guides 1914 Military

By Jon Cooksey, Jerry Murland
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Battle Lines
Pages: 152
ISBN: 9781473823365
Published: 27th October 2014



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The Retreat from Mons 1914: South is the second volume in Pen & Sword's Battle Lines series to cover the opening campaign of the Great War. It is the essential companion for every visitor who is keen to retrace the path taken by the British Expeditionary Force immediately after the outbreak of the conflict – all the important battle sites of the second stage of the retreat are featured here.
Expert guides Jon Cooksey and Jerry Murland take visitors over a series of routes that can be walked, biked or driven, explaining the fighting that occurred at each place in vivid detail. They describe what happened, where it happened and why and who was involved, and point out the sights that remain for the visitor to see.
Their highly illustrated guidebook is essential reading for visitors who wish to enhance their understanding of the fast-moving campaign that preceded the war in the trenches. It gives a fascinating insight into the experience of the troops, the terrain over which they fought and the character of the fighting itself.

I enjoyed using this guide, it has just enough of everything to make it both easy to use and informative. The stand notes are well balanced and the maps are simple and easy to read.
Overall this guide is more than adequate for its target audience - the general battlefield tourist OR the experienced Battlefield Guide who will augment the contents with additional research. A useful addition to the library.

International Guild of Battlefield Guides

This useful pocket-guide in the Battle Line series fills a gap for those looking to follow the opening campaign of the First World War and in the expert if 'virtual' hands of accomplished tour guides Cooksey and Murland.
A useful and accurate publication, as well as being an interesting read.

Britain at War

About Jon Cooksey

Jon Cooksey was a leading military historian with a special interest in the history of the world wars. He was the editor of Stand To!, the journal of the Western Front Association, and an experienced battlefield guide. His books include The Barnsley Pals, Calais, Harry’s War and, as editor, Blood and Iron.


Jon Cooksey passed away in June 2020.

About Jerry Murland

Jerry Murland followed a successful career as a teacher and since retirement he has devoted his time to researching and writing about the two world wars. His books include Retreat and Rearguard 1914, The Battle on the Aisne 1914, Aristocrats Go to War, Retreat and Rearguard: Somme 1918 and Retreat and Rearguard: Dunkirk 1940.

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