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1914: The Early Campaigns of the Great War by the British Commander

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  5 ratings  ·  2 reviews
The commander of the BEF's view of the Great War
This book, written by Sir John French, concerns his period of command during the first period of the Great War. Predictably, as in many commander's memoirs it displays much partiality as to his own actions and those of others. This is particularly noteworthy since the consensus view of the history of the time does not judge-
Paperback, 312 pages
Published March 4th 2009 by Leonaur Ltd (first published January 1st 1919)
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Feb 25, 2012 Chris rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in History.
This book is a fascinating read, The book follows the thoughts and notes from the Diary of the Field Marshal of England Or Viscount of Ypres.

This book is part of the Gutenberg project, the ebook is free for anyone to read and can be found at, locations on the website are inside the book that give you access to the maps of the area's mentioned in the book.

This was my first experiences with a book like this that is reading someones diary entries and it is good, you have to k
Mick Maye
Read this as an eBook. Covers Sir John French's viewpoint of the first year of the war. He appears to not want to denigrate any commander or officer and thus appears to be a fair amount of spin. With that said he also had a very small force in comparison to his allies and enemy. he glosses over the conflict he had with Kitchener and the War cabinet as well. From other sources there appeared to be considerable conflict with Joffre and to a lesser extent Foch, however from this book there were min ...more
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