The German invasion of France and Belgium in August 1914 came remarkably close to 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.
There are many accounts of 1914 from the British point of view. The achievements of the British Expeditionary Force were the stuff of legend, but in reality there were only four divisions in the field; the French and Germans had more than 60 each. The real story of the battle can only be told by an author with the skill to mine the extensive German and French archives. Ian Senior does this with consummate skill in Home Before the Leaves Fall, weaving together strategic analysis with diary entries and interview transcripts from the soldiers on the ground to create a remarkable new history.
Supported by numerous sketch maps, extensive archival research and poignant firsthand accounts, Home Before the Leaves Fall is a compelling narrative account of the German invasion that came within reach of victory that long, hot summer.
Hardcover Book : 384 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Ltd. ( July 20, 2012 )
Item #: 13-614567
Product Dimensions: 6.0 x 9.2 inches
Product Weight: 25.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)