Challenge of Battle

Challenge of Battle

The British Army’s Baptism of Fire in the First World War

General Military
  • Author: Adrian Gilbert
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 20 May 2015
  • Number of Pages: 356
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In this timely new book, Adrian Gilbert clears away the layers of sentiment that have obscured a true historical understanding of the 1914 campaign to provide a full, unvarnished picture of the British Expeditionary Force at war. Previous assessments of the BEF have held to an unshakeable belief in its exceptional performance during the battles of 1914. But closer examination of the historical record reveals a force possessing some key strengths yet undermined by other, significant failings. Within an authoritative and well-paced campaign narrative, Challenge of Battle re-evaluates the army's leadership, organization and tactics. It describes the problems faced by commanders, grappling with the brutal realities of 20th-century warfare, and explains how the British infantry's famed marksmanship has to be set against the inexperience and tactical shortcomings of the BEF as a whole. Making full use of diaries, letters and other contemporary accounts, Adrian Gilbert builds a compelling picture of what it was like to fight in the battles of Mons, Le Cateau, the Aisne and Ypres.

Biographical Note

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 mass-market 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.

Contents

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


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