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Fire and Movement Audiobook

Fire and Movement: The British Expeditionary Force and the Campaign of 1914

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Publisher's Summary

The dramatic opening weeks of the Great War passed into legend long before the conflict ended. The British Expeditionary Force fought a mesmerizing campaign, outnumbered and outflanked but courageous and skillful, holding the line against impossible odds, sacrificing themselves to stop the last great German offensive of 1914.

A remarkable story of high hopes and crushing disappointment, the campaign contains moments of sheer horror and nerve-shattering excitement, pathos and comic relief, occasional cowardice and much selfless courage - all culminating in the climax of the First Battle of Ypres. And yet, as Peter Hart shows in this gripping and revisionary look at the war's first year, for too long the British part in the 1914 campaigns has been veiled in layers of self-congratulatory myth: a tale of poor unprepared Britain, reliant on the peerless class of her regular soldiers to bolster the rabble of the unreliable French Army and defeat the teeming hordes of German troops. But the reality of those early months is in fact far more complex - and ultimately, Hart argues, far more powerful than the standard triumphalist narrative.

Fire and Movement places the British role in 1914 into a proper historical context, incorporating the personal experiences of the men who were present on the front lines. The British regulars were indeed skillful soldiers, but as Hart reveals, they also lacked practice in many of the required disciplines of modern warfare, and the inexperience of officers led to severe mistakes. Hart also provides a more accurate portrait of the German Army they faced - not the caricature of hordes of automatons, but the reality of a well-trained and superlatively equipped force that outfought the BEF in the early battles - and allows listeners to come to a full appreciation of the role of the French Army, without whom the Marne never would have been won.

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©2015 Peter Hart (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    Eric 02-01-15
    Eric 02-01-15
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    "stop doing accents on quotes"


    that really bothers me, as it makes it harder to understand what they are saying when you lay on a thick French or German accent over important information

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Mr
    Cambridge, United Kingdom
    5/14/15
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    "Excellent account, poor delivery"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fire and Movement to be better than the print version?

    The audiobook was somewhat spoiled for me by the delivery by the narrator. This was especially bad when it came to interpreting the first hand accounts. Poor delivery of English regional accents, sometimes attributed poorly and awful interpretation of French, German accents. I imagine General Foch is turning in his grave at the dreadful Allo Allo style representation of his voice


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a different account and interpretation of the evidence of the BEF in 1914. There are no rose tinted spectacles and it is very good to have a fresh IWW of it


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performances?

    Never!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • peter
    4/23/15
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    "great history and first hand accounts."

    Brilliant written and very well read. Emotionally stirring first hand accounts from the high command and front line soldiers1914.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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