The Marne, 1914 by Holger H. Herwig
The Opening of World War I and the Battle That Changed the World

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For the first time in a generation, here is a bold new account of the Battle of the Marne, a cataclysmic encounter that prevented a quick German victory in World War I and changed the course of two wars and the world. With exclusive information based on newly unearthed documents, Holger H. Herwig re-creates the dramatic battle and reinterprets Germany’s aggressive “Schlieffen Plan” as a carefully crafted design to avoid a protracted war against superior coalitions. He paints a fresh portrait of the run-up to the Marne and puts in dazzling relief the Battle of the Marne itself: the French resolve to win, and the crucial lack of coordination between Germany’s First and Second Armies. Herwig also provides stunning cameos of all the important players, from Germany’s Chief of General Staff Helmuth von Moltke to his rival, France’s Joseph Joffre. Revelatory and riveting, this is the source on this seminal event.
 

About Holger H. Herwig

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Holger H. Herwig holds a dual position at the University of Calgary as professor of history and as Canada Research Chair in the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies. He has published more than a dozen books, including the prize-winning The First World War: Germany and Austria-Hungary 1914-1918 and (with Richard F. Hamilton) The Origins of World War I.
 
Published November 20, 2009 by Random House. 416 pages
Genres: History, War, Travel. Non-fiction

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An exhaustively documented account of the Battle of the Marne, the outcome of which would define the course of World War I.

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The German plan for war, the famed Schlieffen Plan, called for a vast right wing of attack to wheel through Belgium and northern France, strike the French forces in the flank, and then hammer them upon the anvil of the German armies grouped in Lorraine, along the German-French border.

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Early in the war, Germany almost achieved victory. Why did it fail?

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