Mons

The Retreat to Victory

John Terraine

 
Date Published :
June 2010
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781848841703
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$25.95

Overview
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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 in the field, and paving the way to great feats of arms and final success. In the context of the whole of the First World War, Mons was a small scale affair; comparatively short in duration, involving divisions rather than armies, and resulting in casualties that were light indeed by the standard of later battles of attrition. But, especially 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 form the dejection of defeat to the exhilaration of the Battle of the Marne – one of the decisive battles of the War

About The Author
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John Terraine was born in London in 1921 and educated in Stamford School and Keble College, Oxford. He worked for nearly twenty years in the BBC as a record programs assistant, a producer of Radio Newsreel, a programme assistant in the East European Service, and program organiser of the Pacific and South African service. In 1963 he began his work on the BBC Television series 'The Great War', for which he received the Screenwriters' Guild Documentary Award. In 1969 he won the Society of Film and Television Arts Script Award for his 'The Life and Times of Lord Mountbatten', which he wrote for Themes TV. He was scriptwriter and narrator for the BBC series 'The Mighty Continent' in 1974. Mr Terraine is a highly-respected authority on the First World War and has already published nine books on the subject, including: Mons: The Retreat to Victory, Douglas Haig: The Educated Soldier, The Western Front, The Great War: An Illustrated History, The Road to Passchendaele, To Win a War, The Smoke and the Fire: Myths and Anti-Smiths of War, The Right of the Line and Business of Great Waters.

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