In this penetrating account of the great British retreat in 1914, the work of the Royal Engineers responsible for blowing bridges over rivers and canals behind the retreating troops comes in for particular attention and praise: likewise the sterling efforts of the Royal Army Medical Corps. The fact that no fewer than 16 VCs were won during this historic Retreat shows that, even in these darkest hours, individuals and units performed with gallantry, resourcefulness and great forbearance. Extensive use of primary source material, including first-hand accounts, letters, diaries and official unit records, brings alive this informative account of an historic, if not victorious, chapter in our Nation’s military history. It will make an excellent companion on a battlefield visit.
RETREAT AND REARGUARD 1914 The BEF’s Actions From Mons To The Marne
The Battle of Mons on 23 August 1914 started a full blown retreat by the BEF over 200 blood drenched miles. In this fascinating book the Author examines eighteen of the ensuing desperate rearguard actions that occurred over the twelve days of this near rout. While those at Le Cateau and Nery are well chronicled, others such as cavalry engagements at Morsain and Taillefontaine, the Connaught Rangers’ action at Le Grand Fayet and 13 Brigade’s fight at Crepy-en-Valois are virtually unknown. We learn how, in the chaos and confusion that reigned, units of Gunners and other supporting arms found themselves in the front line