Arthur Conan Doyle, best known, of course, as author of the Sherlock Holmes stories, was also a prolific and gifted military historian and a passionate patriot. Having offered his services in vain to the Army as a doctor on the outbreak of war in 1914 Doyle turned his considerable energies to writing a multi-volume history of the war. He pulled strings to get access to the High Command in France and Flanders, but also interviewed as many other ranks as he could, along with politicians and journalists with whom he socialised. Despite obstruction from the military establishment, the result was a lively and authoritative account, far removed from the dry-as-dust narratives of many ‘official’ military histories. This first volume covers the 1914 campaign and the battles of Mons, Le Cateau, Nery, the Marne and Ypres. A facsimile reprint of the original edition, this book also contains many maps and diagrams. Not to be missed by any Great War fans who think they have read it all.