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Challenge of Battle


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List of Maps List of Images Introduction Prologue: First Blood PART ONE: ADVANCE TO BATTLE 1 Opening the War Book 2 Across the Channel 3 The March to Mons 4 The Kaiser's Army 5 Encounter at Mons PART TWO: THE GREAT RETREAT 6 Disengagement 7 Le Cateau: the Decision to Fight 8 Le Cateau: the Defeat 9 Failures of Command 10 The Retreat Continues PART THREE: FROM THE MARNE TO THE AISNE 11 Turn of the Tide 12 Battle on the Aisne: Assault 13 Battle on the Aisne: Entrenchment PART FOUR: DECISION AT YPRES 14 The Opening Moves 15 Storm over Ypres 16 Battle in the South 17 Ypres: the Test Epilogue: Death of the Old Army Appendix A: BEF Order of Battle 1914 Appendix B: British Army Organization Acknowledgements Source Notes Bibliography Index Source Notes Bibliography Index

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A magisterial account of the British Army at war in 1914, weaving together poignant first-hand accounts from soldiers on the frontline together with a detailed analysis of the strategies employed by the High Command.

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Adrian Gilbert's recent books include Voices of the French Foreign Legion (2009) and POW: Allied Prisoners in Europe, 1939-1945 (2006) - named by The Sunday Times as a top ten military book of the year. Four other titles have been 'main selections' for the Military and Aviation Book Society, and his book on sniping has sold over 100,000 paperback copies in the US. He has contributed to TV documentaries and written for a variety of publications including The Sunday Times, Guardian, Good Book Guide and Gramophone. He also runs a military history book-review site: His website can be found at


"Well-written and carefully argued, 'Challenge of Battle' clearly describes the initial battles of WWI in graphic detail and begins what promises to be a major reappraisal of the British army in 1914." --Bowling Green Daily News"Gilbert's measured, balanced analysis of the British Expeditionary Force's performance in the first months of World War I presents the Old Contemptibles as they were." --Professor Dennis Showalter, author of Patton and Rommel: Men Of War in the Twentieth Century

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