large, thick octavo, (xxx), (598)pp. With a Preface by Winsron S. Churchill. With fourteen maps and two sketches by Lt. Col. Sir Morgan Crofton. Many historians, not least Winston Churchill, agree that The Great War was decided during the first month of fighting. Fortunately a young highly literate and talented British officer was superbly well placed to witness this historic period. Thanks to his fluent French Edward Louis Spears was sent in mid August 1914 to liaise between Field Marshal Sir John French and the French High Command. In the weeks that followed, events moved at lightning speed and decisions were made without consulting or informing their counterparts. It fell to Spears to update the British of their ally’s moves. Without modern communication this often involved Spears traveling on clogged roads between head quarters. As the sole British representative at, first, HQ Fifth French Army and then Tenth Army, the influence of this 28 year old author was immense and Spears on many occasions proved unworried about speaking his mind. Clearly his efforts were appreciated; he was made a Chevalier de la Legion d’honeur and awarded the Military Cross (he was wounded four times). Churchill , who became a life long friend, wrote the Foreword to the original edition of this truly extraordinary account which anyone who wishes to understand the events of 1914 must read. Neat name on front end paper, otherwise a near fine copy of this important book. original maroon cloth stamped in gilt on spine. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Liaison, 1914. A Narrative of the Great ...
Publisher: (1930) Heinemann,
Edition: First Edition..
Book Description William Heinemann Ltd., 1930. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. London, 1930. First edition, new impression, October 1930. 8vo, maroon cloth, 597 pp. A very good copy of this important and well-illustrated military memoir, well preserved overall, with some slight bowing to boards and intermittent faint foxing. With fourteen maps and two sketches. A nice copy of a book that is difficult to find in decent condition. Bookseller Inventory # 15446