- Taschenbuch: 96 Seiten
- Verlag: Osprey Publishing (25. Mai 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1846035023
- ISBN-13: 978-1846035029
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 18,4 x 16,8 x 25 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
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The First Battle of the Marne 1914: The French 'miracle' halts the Germans (Campaign, Band 221) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 25. Mai 2010
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The First Battle of the Marne 1914 In 1914 the Germans launched an offensive that swept through Belgium and into France, threatening to crush French resistance in one fell swoop. However, through careful maneuvering and stubborn resistance, the French Army, aided by the BEF, blunted the assault, winning an important strategic victory that kept France in the war. Full description
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Deutsche Invasionstruppen standen kurz vor Paris, als französische und britische Divisionen an der Marne durch teils zufällige Bewegungen die Deutschen zum Halt und zum Rückzug zwangen.
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Für einen ersten Überblick ist das Heft wirklich gut.
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This campaign consists of three main engagements, the Battle of the Ourcq, the Saint-Gond marshes, and the Battle of the two Morins. The author, however, does not describe this campaign in a strict chronological order. First, one engagement is described in detail. Then the author goes back a few days to describe the next engagement, and then again for the third one.
The book has six 2D tactical maps. Although they provide a comprehensive view of the action, they are also full of detail. These maps depict military units down to the Division level. There are also three 3D Birds Eye View maps which cover the Battle of the Ourcq, the Struggle for Mondement, and the Turning of the German flank at Marchais-en-Brie. Like the 2D maps, they paint a solid picture but suffer from too much detail. Essentially, these maps contain a great deal of information, but are not the easiest to follow.
The book contains a wide assortment of pictures. In addition to the usual collection of portraits, it has several historically interesting photos. That said, it also has several landscape photos that do not provide any useful insight. This space might have been better used to place additional photos from the battle itself.
Bottom line: this is a pretty good overview of the entire campaign. It is an outstanding book for those readers interested in the details of the battle. The general reader may find this book a little difficult to follow. All readers, however, will gain a much better understanding of this complex series of battles that halted the German advance on Paris.
This battle is one that most people have heard of, even though they may not know specifics about the fighting, and several colorful anecdotes from the battle are well known, such as the Parisian taxis driving French soldiers from Paris directly to the front. And there have been numerous books written about the battle over the past nearly 100 years ... to borrow the phrase about Custer and the Battle of Little Big Horn, there has probably been more ink than blood has been spilled over this battle.
This subject is almost perfect for the Osprey Campaign series format, although it is more about a "battle" than a "campaign". Most writings about the battle are either deep, dense books, or short chapters as part of a larger history of the war. This book provides a tightly focused, well written account of the battle, that gives just the right level of detail for someone who wants to know what happened and why, in a shorter, readable tome. As compared to other Osprey Campaign books I've read, Mr Sumner spends less time on the build-up to the fighting and the opposing forces and more pages on the actual battle itself, which for this book, is the right decision. He breaks the battle down into several physical areas and follows each of those areas from start to finish, rather than following a more traditional, strictly chronological account of the whole battle, and this approach generally works well. The book has numerous illustrations, pictures, and maps, which were well done. The maps are particularly useful in being able to follow along with the combat.
One of the things I found most interesting in reading this book is that while Ferdinand Foch was the driving force behind the Allied victory, it was French General Franchet d'Espèrey (Desperate Frankie to the British), whose unselfish actions and timely decisions, saved the day for the Allies.
There are a couple of things I would liked to have seen in the book. First, I would have liked a little more detail about the condition (both physical and logistical) and morale of the armies before the battle, as they played an important part, in my opinion, in the battle's outcome. One of the most telling things about the battle, and as implied by the "miracle" in the title of this book, is that while both sides were suffering greatly during the war up to that point, the French were getting much the worse of the fighting, and their victory here was the first real victory to date. And second, I would have liked a few paragraphs of the possible impact of an Allied defeat at the Marne, whether the author feels it could have led to conditions for a decisive German victory in the war, or whether the German army was too worn down and too far from its logistical support to be able to adequately follow-up on a victory and deal a critical blow to the French. The author, in his conclusion, states that if the French had not won one of the sub-battles, that they would not have been able to "hold-on", but I would have liked his opinion on whether this battle was truly make-or-break for the Allies and what was at stake.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and found it both informative and entertaining. It provided a good overview and detailed description of the battle, and better helped me understand why the battle turned out the way it did. I highly recommend the book to World War I buffs, or anyone wanting to learn about this battle.
In the process, he debunks a few myths -- that the retreat order squandered a victory, when it actually saved the Germans from a potential disaster, for example -- but unfortunately supports another. His belief that a vigorous pursuit of the defeated Germans by the French cavalry could have turned a "flawed victory" into a decisive one is simply not supported by the facts. The experience of previous wars as well as the rest of World War 1 (with the notable exception of Palestine in 1918) showed that cavalry was no longer capable of effective pursuits. The reason is simple: a man on a horse is too good a target. If the cavalry was not to be slaughtered by even a single machine gun, they had to dismount well away from the enemy and advance on foot. That ended their mobility advantage; no wonder they advanced no faster than the infantry.
The truth was that both sides were too exhausted to achieve a decisive victory; but the Germans needed one to avoid a two-front war. Sumner's account makes it clear why that wasn't going to happen. So the very lack of decisiveness was a decision, of sorts.