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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (252 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Max Arthur Narrator: Richard Bebb Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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During the warm mid-summer of 1914 few people suspected that, by August, Europe would be plunged into the bloodiest conflict known to mankind. Patriotic fervour, often misplaced, swept through the participating countries, but the troops dispatched to the battle fronts soon realised that the popular view: it will all be over by Christmas, was just an optimistic dream.

In the face of the relentless German advance into Belgium, the British Expeditionary Force was engaged in the costly retreat from Mons. The German Army soon took Antwerp, and only the 'miracle of the Marne' stopped them from marching into Paris. The First Battle of Ypres prevented the Germans from reaching the coast, but both sides dug in and the wretched system of trench warfare was established.

Following the extraordinary Christmas truce, ferocious fighting restarted over the snow covered battlefields, and casualties on both sides were heavy. In the late spring of 1915 the second Battle of Ypres took place and the Germans used poison gas for the first time. The toll in killed and wounded was disastrous, the British alone losing 50,000 men; but the Allies finally managed to halt the enemy advance. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Laura | 12/10/2013

    " A great way of making sure those who offered their lives for their country are remembered. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary | 11/10/2013

    " Although important and very personal, I prefer to read a more fluid account using examples of personal accounts rather than it all being told through personal accounts. All should be read in conjunction with one another. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by James | 10/20/2013

    " Fascinating to read comments from people who were actually involved. Although the collator has placed the remarks loosely in chronological order I found it disjointed as a result. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bridge | 6/8/2013

    " It was interesting but it wasn't a marvel. "

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