1st ed., 1981. Xxii + 250 pp., 37 photo-ills., 13 maps + 5 diagrams. Blue cloth; 24 x 15cm. 2 blind owner's stamps to half t-p., o/w Nr.FINE. The first campaign medal of the Great War, the 1914 Star, was struck in 1917. In October 1919, by command of the King, a bar bearing the dates '5th Aug.-22nd Nov. 1914' was awarded to all holders of the medal who had been under fire in France and Flanders between the qualifying dates. The recipients were the British Expeditionary Force, otherwise called the 'Old Contemptibles' and less than 230,000 bars were awarded. Their special medal has come to be known as the 'Mons Star' since the Germans and the heavily outnumbered British clashed near the town of Mons and endured four months of desperate fighting. This is the recipient's story which follows the drama leading up to the despatch of the British Expeditionary Force to France in August 1914 to the end of the first battle of Ypres, by which time the largest and most professionally equipped army that the British Empire ever possessed had been victorious but virtually destroyed. The author spent many years in conversation and correspondence with holders of the Mons Star and researched original French and German sources to provide this vivid account, complete with photographs, illustrations and diagrams.