The Great Retreat of 1914

  • by Spencer Jones
  • Narrated by Philip Franks
  • 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

August 1914: In the sweltering heat, the fate of Europe hangs in the balance. Germany is hurling her forces into a carefully planned invasion of Belgium and France. Bound by an 1839 treaty to protect Belgium from any invader, Britain came to its defence.
With the British Expeditionary Force numbering just 120,000 men, and dwarfed by the vast manpower of Germany, Kaiser Wilhelm II remains unfazed by this ‘contemptible little army'. But the BEF was, man for man, the best trained army in Europe. It was led by tough and experienced officers who had learned their brutal trade in fierce colonial warfare. Their combat performance in 1914 would cement their place in history. Within days of the BEF’s deployment, the full weight of the German invasion crashed into the thin British line. Faced with overwhelming enemy numbers, and battling alongside unreliable French allies, the BEF was forced into The Great Retreat. The Great Retreat is the story of this desperate battle for survival. While Germany was attempting to crush France in one fell swoop, the Allies desperately sought time and space so that they could mount a counterattack to stem the tide.


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Accurately Titled

The title of this book explains accurately what it is about. The chapters are short, and they include the perspectives of British generals, soldiers and historians. Conflicting perspectives are provided, enabling the reader to make up his own mind.

The narration is quick, and the tone of the narration is that of a report.
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- Senior

A Great Advance!

This audiobook provided a great advance in my understanding of the early days of the First World War. It was incredibly well narrated by Philip Franks and the only issue I had with the audiobook in general was that it wasn't long enough!

Providing quite an unbiased view of all of the parties involved the book was extremely adept at providing an informative look at a very tumultuous time without sounding like a boring fact heavy book.

I would recommend this most highly to anyone with even a passing interest in the Great War as it will provide an intriguing and illuminating overview of the early days of one of the bloodiest conflicts in history.
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- J

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-07-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios