Western Front 1914-1916

Mons, La Cataeu, Loos, the Battle of the Somme (WAR DESPATCHES SERIES)

John Grehan, Martin Mace

As with previous wars, British Commanders-in-Chief of a theater of war or campaign during the Great War were obliged to report their activities and achievements to the War Office in the form of a dispatch. Those written from the Western Front provide a fascinating, detailed, and compelling overview of this part of the First World War.
Date Published :
September 2013
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
18 b/w images
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781781593219
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$39.95

Overview
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From the moment the German army moved quietly into Luxemburg on 2 August 1914, to the Armistice on 11 November 1918, the fighting on the Western Front in France and Flanders never stopped. There were quiet periods, just as there were the most intense, savage, huge-scale battles.

The war on the Western Front can be thought of as being in three phases: first, a war of movement as Germany attacked France and the Allies sought to halt it; second, the lengthy and terribly costly siege warfare as the entrenched lines proved impossible to crack (late 1914 to mid-1918); and finally a return to mobile warfare as the Allies applied lessons and technologies forged in the previous years.

As with previous wars, British Commanders-in-Chief of a theater of war or campaign were obliged to report their activities and achievements to the War Office in the form of a dispatch and those written from the Western Front provide a fascinating, detailed and compelling overview of this part of the First World War.

About The Author
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Captain Graeme Chamley Wynne was born in 1889. He was commissioned into the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in 1907. Climbing through the ranks, he was serving in the 2nd Battalion at the outbreak of war in 1914. As part of the British Expeditionary Force he was captured by the Germans at Le Cateau on 26 August 1914. Wynne was employed by the Historical Section, Committee of Imperial Defence (later the Historical Section, Cabinet Office) between 1918 and 1956. It was in this role that he completed the report published in this book on 19 May 1948.

Martin Mace has been involved in writing and publishing military history for more than twenty-five years. He began his career with local history, writing a book on the Second World War anti-invasion defences and stop lines in West Sussex. Following the success of this book, he established Historic Military Press, which has published a wide range of titles. In 2006 he began working on the idea for Britain at War Magazine, the first issue of which went on sale in May 2007. This publication has grown rapidly to become the best-selling military history periodical on the high street. Martin now devotes his time to writing and editing books.

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