1st ed., 1986. 192 pp., several photo & other plates + 5 maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. The author examines the causes of the Great War and studies the characters of the principal Allied and German commanders, and of their armies. He demonstrates how the warfare of 1914 differed from that which followed, and analyses, from all the combatants' viewpoints, the actions from Mons to First Ypres, ending with a lucid appraisal of the short- and long-term effects of the fighting, and a comparison with the German invasion of France in 1940.