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The Campaign of the Marne

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A masterly account of the First World War in the West."—John Keegan

"A distinguished piece of historical writing."—Journal of Modern History

"Admirable... clear and interesting."—Foreign Affairs

"Direct and clear... it lays bare a most complicated course of events so that even the layman can follow."New Republic

With diplomacy unraveling during the summer of 1914, Germany swe
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Paperback, 464 pages
Published April 27th 2007 by Westholme Publishing
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Chris Cangiano
Sewell Tyng's masterful treatment of the campaign of the Marne. Thoroughly research with a wonderful eye to detail, Tyng's history of the campaign though written in the 1930's still stands as one of the definitive, if not the definitive, treatment of the opening of the First World War. The failure of the failure to implement the Schlieffen Plan combined with the proactive leadership of the French commander Joffre culminating at the Marne was probably the most important active phase of the war an ...more
Jennifer
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Detailed account

I've read a number of books now on the Marne and Sewell Tyngs is by far my favorite. All of the subsequent accounts lean heavily on his. It may lack the flair of the dramatic of some of those others, but it leaves no stone unturned and it is the most balanced that I've read.
Chris
Dec 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The Campaign of the Marne by Sewell Tyng is a superb account of the opening campaign on the Western Front. This is not a book for those who prefer the soldier's view of war. It is military history pitched at the strategic and operational levels of war, with tactical actions interspersed that demonstrate the effects of the fog and friction of war. Tyng's style is concise and very readable. The chapters are short, from 4 to 12 pages, which makes it fast paced, enjoyable and easy to maintain a clea ...more
Kenneth
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sewell Tyng's The Campaign of the Marne is an excellent work on the opening battles of WWI on the Western Front. If you can only read one book on this subject, this would be the one to read.

Sewell's writing style is concise and clear. The chapters are short and well-focused. The sequence of the story paints a clear picture. The footnotes at the end of each chapter are extensive as are the appendices, which take up 25% of the Kindle Edition of the book.

If there was one knock, I'd say that the map
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Matt Bowden
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This is one of the best "campaign military histories" i have ever read.
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