Isselin, Henri.


Elek, 1st Eng., translation 1965. 296 pp., photo-plates + maps. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Edges foxed o/w V.G.+. Between the 6th and 13th September 1914, a battle took place in the Marne valley which altered the character of the First World War. A war of mobility and attack, envisaged by both the German Schlieffen Plan and the French Plan XVII, turned into a static war of attrition in which the German armies were slowly ground into defeat. What was the "miracle" of the Marne ? What actually happened and why ? Who were the men upon whose actions and decisions depended the course of events ? These questions are answered in this lucid account of the causes, events, personalities and atmosphere of this decisive battle.

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