The Mons Myth: A Reassessment of the Battle

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Conventional histories of the battles of Mons and Le Cateau describe how, although the British were massively outnumbered, precise and rapid British rifle fire mowed down rows of German troops. The staggering German casualties made these battles British victories, and set the stage for the Battle of the Marne. Neither battle has ever been described in English from the German point of view. Using German tactics manuals and regimental histories, The Mons Myth describes the battles at Mons and Le Cateau. It also subjects British tactics to a critique that goes beyond admiration for rapid rifle fire and presents new and startling perspectives of both Mons and Le Cateau, showing how the Germans employed a high degree of tactical sophistication in conducting a combined-arms battle. The odds at both battles were, in fact, even, and German casualties never reached the levels described in the standard histories. The Mons Myth is the first history of these battles to take this approach in ninety years.

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Terence Zuber was an officer in the US Army for twenty years—from 1970 to 1990. Parachute-qualified, he served with the infantry and as a staff officer, and spent eight years conducting counter-intelligence operations against the Stasi, for which he was awarded the Legion of Merit. A history graduate of the University of Minnesota, after leaving the army he went on to gain a doctorate from the the University of Würzburg, and is the author of German War Planning 1891-1914, Inventing the Schlieffen Plan, and The Battle of the Frontiers, as well as numerous articles in History Today, Intelligence & National Security, and War in History. He lives in West Virginia.

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