The Marne, 1914: The Opening of World War I and the Battle That Changed the World
It is one of the essential events of military history, a cataclysmic encounter that prevented a quick German victory in World War I and changed the course of two wars and the world. Now, for the first time in a generation, here is a bold new account of the Battle of the Marne. A landmark work by a distinguished scholar, The Marne, 1914 gives, for the first time, all sides...more
And yes, I realize I might better have spent this time becoming a better person, doing a ...more
I wish Herwig had written his book on the Battle of the Marne the same way. He goes into excruciating detail about troop movements from the opening moves of the war all the way up to the Germans' fateful decision to withdraw and reg ...more
Holger Herwig takes some issue with those who claim that there was no such th ...more
Herwig begins by explaining that the Battle of the Marne really includes the entirety of the war up until the fighting on the Marne began in September 1914. But, when he finally gets to what everyone else in the world calls the Battle of the Marne, he also calls it "the Battle of the Marne." Whatever.
After slogging through the first 200 pages of a badly summariz ...more
A history of the opening months of World War I, this time told with much more detail about the German end of things, unlike most histories where the Germans are a faceless horde and the story centers on the French and Joffre's efforts to stop them.
The Germans of the opening months of World War I were anything but; they're still organized feudally, with the armies divided by the troops' kingdom of origin, and often lead by royalty instead of professional soldiers. Moltke is portrayed as the anti ...more
The author has certainly done his research. Herwig provides a detailed account of the events of August and September, often down to the hour. He tells a tale of dust and heat, roaring guns and nighttime bayonet charges, and the th ...more
Explains the variuos factors involved regarding decisions to act, preparation of war, the various battle plans involved, the deployment of troops and their readiness.
It is not a hard book to read but it isn't an easy read either; that is, there are lots of references to various divisions which can detract from the easy flow of reading. The maps are included but are too small to actual ...more
Just before reading it, I'd skimmed Richard Stark's crime novel, "The Score." In both cases, complex plans go awry. Though the difference in the scale of events and destruction is enormous, some of the problems are similar - unforeseeable contingencies, insufficient communication, differences and conflicts among nominal allies, wishful thinking as the enemy of clear strategy and execution - not a problem for Parker, the ...more
I found it very helpful.
The book was great in giving an insight into the disorganisation of both the Allied and the German armies. It was suprising to read about just how much confusion reigned in the German Army, and which ultimately prevented their capture of Paris in 1914.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in military history.