Retreat and Rearguard 1914


The BEF's Actions From Mons to the Marne

By: Jerry Murland
Supplied by: Pen and Sword

Format: Hardback
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781848843912
Published: 9th November 2011
RRP / Print Price: £19.99

Current purchase price:
£15.00

Retreat and Rearguard 1914

The British action at Mons on 23 August 1914 was the catalyst for what became a full blown retreat over 200 blood drenched miles. In this fascinating book the Author examines eighteen of the ensuing desperate rearguard actions that occurred over the twelve days of this near rout. While those at Le Cateau and Nery are well chronicled, others such as cavalry engagements at Morsain and Taillefontaine, the Connaught Rangers' action at Le Grand Fayt and 13 Brigade's fight at Crepy-en-Valois are virtually unknown. We learn how, in the chaos and confusion that reigned, units of Gunners and other supporting arms found themselves in the front line.

The work of the Royal Engineers responsible for blowing bridges over rivers and canals behind the retreating troops comes in for particular attention and praise: likewise the sterling efforts of the RAMC. The fact that no less than 16 VCs were won during this historic Retreat shows that, even in these darkest hours, individuals and units performed with gallantry, resourcefulness and great forbearance. Extensive use of primary source material, including first-hand accounts, letters, diaries and official unit records, brings alive this delightful and informative account of an historic, if not victorious, chapter in our Nation's military history. It would make an excellent companion on a battlefield visit.

As featured in Nuneaton News.

 




Some books that may interest you

The Dandy Ninth
The Dandy Ninth
By: Neill Gilhooley

The Dispatches and Letters of Lord Nelson
The Dispatches and Letters of Lord Nelson
By: Horatio Nelson, Viscount Nelson
Edited by: Nicholas Harris Nicolas

Armoured Warfare in the Far East 1937 - 1945
Armoured Warfare in the Far East 1937 - 1945
By: Anthony Tucker-Jones

Bare Feet & Bandoliers
Bare Feet & Bandoliers
By: David Shireff

Gallipoli: The Ottoman Campaign
Gallipoli: The Ottoman Campaign
By: Edward Erickson

Fighter Command's Air War 1941
Fighter Command's Air War 1941
By: Norman Franks

The Phantom Major
The Phantom Major
By: Virginia Cowles

Warwick in the Great War
Warwick in the Great War
By: Graham Sutherland

Stalingrad to Kursk
Stalingrad to Kursk
By: Geoffrey Jukes



Quick Find
 
Use keywords to find the book you are looking for.
Advanced Search

Information
Contact Us

Disclosure: Military History books are affiliates of the suppliers on this website and will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.


123 Reg - Jargon-free products that make it easy for anyone to get their business online.