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Home Before the Leaves Fall: A New History of the German Invasion of 1914

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The German invasion of France and Belgium in August 1914 came within an ace of defeating the French armies, capturing Paris, and ending the First World War before the autumn leaves had fallen. But the German armies failed to score the knock-out blow they had planned. The war would drag on for four years of unprecedented slaughter.

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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published July 24th 2012 by Osprey Publishing (first published 2012)
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Steve




After reading Maurice Genevoix' Sous Verdun, Août - Octobre 1914, the first of five volumes of the literary re-working of his war journal written during the first nine months of World War I, in which the reader is given a soldier's eye view of the first months of the war and in which nobody, especially this reader, has any inkling of the big picture,(*) I decided I had to read Ian Senior's Home Before the Leaves Fall: A New History of the German Invasion of 1914 (2012) before proceeding with
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Leif Bodnarchuk
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
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I didn't finish it. I wouldn't finish it. It's just not a book you read, it's a study aid. Very thorough, but confusing due to the exhausting density. Kudos to Ian Senior for his tireless devotion to the subject matter, but it wasn't for me. The minutiae of politics and military planning don't interest me as much as commentary, summation, and narrative streams. More of an academic work, it's too dry for my taste.

Bob
Jul 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Summary: This is a new account of Germany’s invasion of France at the beginning of World War I, describing how it almost succeeded and why it ultimately ended in stalemate.

German, French and British forces all thought the conflict that became World War I would be a brief one, resulting either in victory for the Germans or a decisive repulsing of the German threat. The boys were promised they would be “home before the leaves fall.”

Ian Senior’s account of the German invasion of France through
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Jerome
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
A balanced, well-written history of the German invasion of France and Belgium, told from the German perspective. Senior tells the story of the beginning of the war, the role played by France in defeating German aspirations, the blunders of the Germans, and the ultimate defeat of the flawed Schlieffen Plan.

Senior’s coverage of the German and French commanders is mostly good although it seems a bit superficial at times. He clearly shows how Joffre managed to retain a degree of control over the
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Brendan Hodge
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Home Before the Leaves Fall is a solid contribution to the crowded field of books covering the Western Front in the fall of 1914. While many books in English focus heavily on a British/German point of view while leaving the French mostly on the sidelines (despite the fact there were about ten times as many French soldiers participating in the early battles as English), Ian Senior leans heavily towards the German/French conflict and touches only very briefly on the battles of Mons and Le Cateau. ...more
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Ian Senior has taught at Dulwich College, a boarding and day school for boys, in Dulwich in southeast London, England. He is also Associate Lecturer in the History of Art for the Open University, a public distance learning and research university, and one of the biggest universities in the UK for undergraduate education. He first became interested in the battlefields of 1914 when visiting his ...more