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By Ian Senior

The German invasion of France and Belgium in August 1914 got here inside of an ace of defeating the French armies, taking pictures Paris, and finishing the 1st international conflict ahead of the fall leaves had fallen. however the German armies did not rating the knock-out blow they'd deliberate. The warfare might drag on for 4 years of exceptional slaughter.

There are many money owed of 1914 from the British viewpoint. The achievements of the British Expeditionary strength have been the stuff of legend, yet in truth there have been basically 4 divisions within the box; the French and Germans had greater than 60 each one. the true tale of the conflict can purely learn through an writer with the ability to mine the wide German and French data. Ian Senior does this with consummate ability, weaving jointly strategic research with diary entries and interview transcripts from the warriors at the flooring to create a extraordinary new heritage. additionally, all past vintage histories at the topic both concentration nearly solely at the British reports or at the moment are very out-of-date corresponding to Barbara Tuchman's weapons of August (1962) or Sewell Tyng's crusade of the Marne (1935).

Supported via up a number of cartoon maps, large archival study and poignant first-hand money owed, domestic earlier than the leaves fall is an obtainable, narrative account of the German invasion that got here inside an ace of victory, that lengthy sizzling summer.

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