Tuesday, 12 February 2013

The First Battle of the Marne 1914

The First Battle of the Marne 1914: the French 'miracle' halts the Germans (Campaign 221) by Ian Sumner, artwork by Graham Turner (Botley, Osprey, 2010; ISBN 9781846035029)

The First Battle of the Marne, 6-10 September 1914 - the battle that saved Paris and prevented the defeat of the Entente powers in the first few weeks of the First World War. Includes orders of battle and detailed descriptions of three key actions in the battle.

'Good value Osprey book with some excellent photos and illustrations and an okay text. Maps are good too!' Bluecap on amazon.co.uk

'This is a very interesting account of the campaign and battle, the detail is good and the maps are helpful.' Gareth Simon on amazon.co.uk

'Essential to a better understanding of Western Front history.' The Midwest Book Review on amazon.com

'This 96-page book documents the origins of the campaign, followed by a brief chronology. Then the opposing commanders and the forces at their disposal are detailed ... Hobbyists will discover diorama ideas in this good book’s great mixture of period photographs and full-color illustrations. Especially notable is one of the plates by Graham Turner depicting one of the battle’s iconic moments when French reinforcements rushed to the front embarked from a column of 6,000 Parisian taxi cabs.' Toy Soldier & Model Figure (August 2011) on amazon.com

'This is one of the best battlefield tour books I have ever read. It receives an A+ in all departments - historical background, then and now photos, maps, unit organizations, etc. ' Jefferson Morgan on Amazon.co.uk

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