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The Contemptible Little Army, 1914 -1918

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By Alex Saunt   The story of the expansion and development of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) 1914-1918 and how the Contemptible Little Army became a huge, effective machine.   BEF AND THE START The possible conception: In 1904 King Edward, having decided our pretty frosty relationship with France should be improved, went to Paris with the…


The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman

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‘Never judge a book by its cover’ or so the old adage goes. However, the cover of my edition of Barbara Tuchman’s The Guns of August suggested rather the opposite might be the case. In opening her account of the outbreak of the Great War, Tuchman chooses to go back to May 1910 and the state funeral of Edward VII. Her carefully crafted opening sente…