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From Mons To Ypres With General French; A Personal Narrative [Illustrated Edition].

Author: Frederic Abernethy Coleman
Publisher: San Francisco : Lucknow Books, 2012.
Series: SOLINET/ASERL Cooperative Microfilming Project (NEH PS-21089), SOL MN06889.06 GUA.
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When the British troops advanced into Belgium in 1914 to face the German foe, it was with a sure and steady confidence in the outcome. These same men trudged back, grumbling, along the same path toward France as the full weight of the German steamroller advanced toward the numerically small British Expeditionary Force. At Mons they turned at bay and gave the Germans a tough time, but little more than a check as two  Read more...
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Personal narratives
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Coleman, Frederic Abernethy.
From Mons To Ypres With General French; A Personal Narrative [Illustrated Edition].
San Francisco : Lucknow Books, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Frederic Abernethy Coleman
ISBN: 9781782890720 1782890726
OCLC Number: 973836336
Notes: Night marches-Keeping out of sight of enemy airmen-Effusions from a Headquarters' "Editor"--Billeting troubles and humours-Through the fertile and hospitable French provinces-In front of Montdidier-On the edge of Arras-Tales of the Arras fighting-Into the From Brigade to Division.
Description: 1 online resource (257 pages)
Contents: TABLE OF CONTENTS; DEDICATION; PREFACE.; ILLUSTRATIONS.; CHAPTER I.; Arrival in France-Le Cateau and Sir John French's Headquarters-The retreat begun-A hospital in Landrecies-The cavalry fight at Audregnies-Sordét's Cavalry-A narrow escape in Haussy-In the midst of the retiring army-Refugees-German prisoners-Le Cateau on tBack to Noyon; CHAPTER II. A proposed dash for news of Smith-Dorrien-The battle of Cambrai-Le Cateau-The retreating 2nd Corps passing through St. Quentin-The wounded-An irrepressible Irishman-Samples of "downhearted" Tommies-"Proper rear-guards"-How the British soldier saved himselTom Bridges at St. QuentinCHAPTER III.; Into the German lines and out again-Jimmy Rothschild loses his car-A hard day's work-A visit to Paris-A run towards Villers Cotteret-Vagaries of the Censor-O'Mahoney's capture and escape-The battle of Néry-The scamper from Dammartin; CHAPTER IV. An interesting day in Lagny-Back to Melun-Attached to General de Lisle and his and Cavalry Brigade-The end of the great retreat-The commencement of the Battle of the Marne-Cavalry versus cavalry-The charge of the 9th Lancers at MontcelCHAPTER V.; A beautiful morning at La Ferté Gaucher-Across the Grand Morin-Through Rebais-La Tretoire-The 4th Dragoon Guards and Black Watch at Sablonnières-With Briggs' brigade to Nogent-The winning of the Marne-The battle of Priez-A carload of wounded under shell-fOver the Vesle at Braisne; CHAPTER VI. Across the Aisne-The taking of Bourg-Under fire at close range-Nearly caught by shells-"Rivy" Grenfell's death-The struggle for the Chemin des Dames-Hard fighting-Wine from a mountain cave-A night at SoupirCHAPTER VII.; The "Cheer-Up Journal"-On the Chavonne Ridge-"Black Marias"-The wounded-Close practice-Running under howitzer shells-The cavalry in the trenches-Catching a Hun spy-The enemy bombard a British "helio"-Shells in the Chavonne Wood-Watching shrapnel from the trenches; CHAPTER VIII. Paissy-Terrific bombardment-Hours of constant shellfire-The Algerians-Tom Bridges and the 4th D.G.'s win back a lost position-A thrilling charge -The new warfare-A diary under howitzer-fire-A peculiar telescopic phenomenon-Germans in British uniforms-A pePaissy again .CHAPTER IX.; A German attack-A "nervous" prisoner-A plucky German spy in a haystack-Steele's narrow escape-A tour of the front line-Death in the billets-A visit to Rheims-A story of the Crown Prince-The Condé position-The departure from the Aisne and the start for Flanders.; CHAPTER X.
Series Title: SOLINET/ASERL Cooperative Microfilming Project (NEH PS-21089), SOL MN06889.06 GUA.
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When the British troops advanced into Belgium in 1914 to face the German foe, it was with a sure and steady confidence in the outcome. These same men trudged back, grumbling, along the same path toward France as the full weight of the German steamroller advanced toward the numerically small British Expeditionary Force. At Mons they turned at bay and gave the Germans a tough time, but little more than a check as two corps could not hold up two huge armies. As the static battlelines began to coalesce, from Switzerland to the English channel, the fierce fighting flared up for any advantageous town, and none more so than Ypres. The first battle of Ypres was a bitter, bloody affair which ended the German advance but at terrible cost to the last of the regular soldiers of the B.E.F. Along with these hardened professional soldiers went a handful of amateurs determined to help; these members of the Royal Automobile Club with their motor cars were attached to various headquarters to aid in transmission of orders. As the eyes and ears of the army, the two cavalry brigade were in need of the most help from the R.A.C. volunteers as they ranged far and wide. The author was attached to the cavalry during retreat from Mons to the first battle of Ypres; he admired and had grown fond of the men with whom he had shared much danger. His post enabled him to meet a great number of the high-ranking officers, and in his capacity as messenger would have been better informed than most. His book is excellently written and deserves reading and re-reading.

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