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NERY 1914


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The engagement at Nery, on the 31st August and 1st September 1914, was an ostensibly minor encounter between cavalry troops which the author of this book - a noted military historian - claims had great strategic significance for the future course of the whole Great War. As a result of the confusion caused by the speed of their advance, the German 4th Cavalry Division, acting as an advance guard to the main German First Army of General von Kluck, blundered into a vulnerable position astride the River Oise around the small village of Nery, near the Forest of Compiegne - where the Armistice would be signed in November 1918. Great gallantry was shown by both sides in the action, three Victoria Crosses being won by artillerymen who fought their guns to the end in the teeth of overwhelming odds. Nery was also the occasion when the British Expeditionary Force captured their first German guns. Becke's account of Nery is an exciting narrative of one of those often overlooked episodes which change the course of wars and the fate of nations. Reprint of the 1927 original edition.
  • AUTHOR: Becke, A F
  • FORMAT: 61pp 4 Bw 5 maps Pb
  • Code: 26261

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