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100 Decisive Battles - Paul K. Davis
Call Number: 904.7 D263 1999 AND Online via EBSCOhost
ISBN: 0195143663
Publication Date: 2001-06-14
Access Ebook through AKO - My Library Ebook/Audio Book sCollection on Ebscohost (Formerly Netlibrary). See pp. 350-354.

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1914 - Field-Marshal Viscount French of Ypres
Call Number: 940.421 F876
ISBN: 149956502X
Publication Date: 2014-05-16
Chapter 6: The Battle of the Marne.

1914 Campaign: August - October 1914 - Daniel David
Call Number: 940.42 David
ISBN: 0517641585
Publication Date: 1987-06-27
Part of the Great Military Campaigns of History.

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The Battle of Marne 1914: A Battlefield Guide - Andrew Uffindell
Call Number: ONLINE EBSCOhost
ISBN: 1783469072
Publication Date: 2013-09-19
The First Battle of the Marne was one of the most pivotal battles in history. Fought outside Paris in September 1914, it turned the tide of the German invasion of France, and robbed Kaiser Wilhelm II of his best chance of winning the First World War.The battle began when the French and British armies launched a massive counter-offensive, and it ended - after five, tense days of fluctuating fortunes - in a German retreat.

The Battle of the Marne - George Herbert Perris
Call Number: 940.421 P458
Publication Date: BOSTON, J. W. LUCE, 1920
The key to the meaning of the battle must be sought in the character of the forces in play, their comparative numbers, organization and training, armament and equipment and leadership and inspiration.

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Catastrophe 1914: Europe goes to War - Max Hastings
Call Number: 940.311 Hastings
ISBN: 9780307743831
Publication Date: 2014-05-13
"From the acclaimed military historian, a new history of the outbreak of World War I: from the breakdown of diplomacy to the dramatic battles that occurred before the war bogged down in the trenches. World War I immediately evokes images of the trenches: grinding, halting battles that sacrificed millions of lives for no territory or visible gain. Yet the first months of the war, from the German invasion of Belgium to the Marne to Ypres, were utterly different, full of advances and retreats, tactical maneuvering, and significant gains and losses. In Catastrophe 1914, Max Hastings re-creates this dramatic year..." Provided by publisher.

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An Encyclopedia of Battles - David Eggenberger
Call Number: 904.7 E29
ISBN: 0486249131
Publication Date: 1985-09-01
Painstakingly research, objectively written descriptions of the Persian-Greek conflicts of the fifth century B.C. Roman Empire wars, Napoleonic Wars, the American Civil, World War I and World War II.

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The Encyclopedia of World War I - Spencer C. Tucker (Editor); John D. Eisenhower (Foreword by); Priscilla Mary Roberts (Editor)
Call Number: 940.3 W919
ISBN: 1851094202
Publication Date: 2005-09-27
World War I Encyclopedia. Vol. III. Marne; Moltke, Helmuth von, Count (1848-1916).

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The First Battle of the Marne 1914: The French Miracle Halts the Germans - Ian Sumner; Graham Turner (Illustrator)
Call Number: 940.421 S956
ISBN: 9781846035029
Publication Date: 2010-05-25
The battle of the Marne was one of the decisive encounters of World War I, in which France's victory almost certainly saved her from being knocked out of the war. Following the German invasion of Belgium and northern France, the French were defeated in a series of battles along the frontiers between 14 and 25 August.

First Battle of the Marne - Robert B. Asprey
Call Number: 940.421 A843
Publication Date: 1962
Although the First Battle of the Marne was one which neither the Germans nor the French had counted on, it was the first great battle of World War I -- fought only a month after the war began by more than 2 million soldiers on a line that stretched from Paris nearly to the Swiss Alps. This book gives a memorable account of that five-day battle which was essentially a conflict of man against man, and most of the commanders were as bewildered of the orders of their superiors as they were by the actions of the enemy.

Forty Days in 1914. - Major General Sir F. Maurice
Call Number: 940.414 M454
Publication Date: 1919
See Ch. 8, The Ourcq and the Marne.

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General Joffre and His Battles 1916 - Raymond Recouly
Call Number: 940.4 R311
ISBN: 1165380757
Publication Date: 1916
Ch.1 Joffre, The Victor of the Marne.

The German Cavalry in Belgium and France 1914 - M. von Poseck, LTG and Inspector of Cavalry
Call Number: SP COLL 940.4143 Poseck
Publication Date: 1923
The material for the following description of the activity of the cavalry, in 1914 in the West, was intended for one of the monographs edited by the Great General Staff of the Field Army. This is meant as a temporary composition of the events and experiences....of the cavalry activity in the war of movement.

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The Guns of August - Barbara W. Tuchman; Nadia May
Call Number: Audio CD 940.4144 Tuchman
ISBN: 078617319X
Publication Date: 2008-11-01
In this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, historian Barbara Tuchman brings to life the people and events that led up to World War I. This was the last gasp of the Gilded Age, of kings and kaisers and czars, of pointed or plumed hats, colored uniforms, and all the pomp and romance that went along with war. How quickly it all changed and how horrible it became.

Heroes and Legends of World War I - Arch Whitehouse
Call Number: 940.3 W593 1964
Publication Date: Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday [1964]
Miracle of the Marne

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A History of War in 100 Battles - Richard Overy
Call Number: 355.0209 Overy 2014
ISBN: 9780199390717
Publication Date: 2014-11-03
"Their very names--Gettysburg, Waterloo, Stalingrad--evoke images of great triumph and equally great suffering, moments when history seemed to hang in the balance. Considered in relation to each other, such battles--and others of less immediate renown--offer insight into the changing nature of armed combat, advances in technology, shifts in strategy and thought, as well as altered geopolitical landscapes. The most significant military engagements in history define the very nature of war ... Rather than focusing on the question of victory or defeat, Overy examines what an engagement can tell us on a larger level about the history of warfare itself. New weapons and tactics can have a sudden impact on the outcome of a battle--but so too can leadership, or the effects of a clever deception, or raw courage. Overy offers a deft and visually captivating look at the engagements that have shaped the course of human history"

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Invasion 1914: The Schelieffen Plan to the Battle of the Marne - Ian Senior
Call Number: 940.4 Senior 2014
ISBN: 1472803353
Publication Date: New York, NY : Osprey Publishing, 2014. 2014-08-19
For a century, accounts of the German invasion of France and the opening year of the First World War have been dominated by histories of British troops and their experience in battle, despite the fact that the British Expeditionary Force comprised just four divisions, while the French and Germans fielded 60 each. Published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War, Invasion 1914 examines how the German invasion of France and Belgium came agonizingly close to defeating the French armies, capturing Paris and ending the First World War before the end of the year. Ian Senior reveals how the initial German strategy revolved around, and in part depended on, rapid victory over the French, and how the failure to achieve this resulted in the surprisingly fluid battles of the early days of the war deteriorating into the trench-based warfare which was to see the war drag on for another four years of unprecedented slaughter. Weaving together strategic analysis, diary entries, eyewitness accounts and interview transcripts from soldiers on the ground with consummate skill, this narrative is a timely investigation into the dramatic early months of the war, as the fate of Europe hung in the balance.

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July 1914: Countdown to War - Sean McMeekin
Call Number: ONLINE EBSCOhost
ISBN: 9780465031450
Publication Date: 2013-04-09
see relevant pages concerning General Von Moltke.

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The Marne - Georges Blond. Trans. H. Eaton Hart.
Call Number: 940.421 B654
ISBN: 185375479X
Publication Date: 2002-03-01
One of the decisive battles of the 20th century began on August 29, 1914 with the cry that echoed throughout France: “The Prussians are coming!” It ended on September 10th, that same year. Earlier, more than a million German troops—five massive armies—poured into Belgium and France. The French army began the biggest retreat in its history, and Germany seemed about to triumph. It was a costly victory: over 300,000 French soldiers died. The Marne is a classic of military history. -- from the Publisher

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The Marne 1914: the opening of World War I and the battle that changed the world - Holger H. Herwig
Call Number: 940.421 H581
ISBN: 9780812978292
Publication Date: 2011-02-08
With exclusive information based on newly unearthed documents, Holger H. Herwig re-creates the dramatic battle and reinterprets Germany’s aggressive “Schlieffen Plan” as a carefully crafted design to avoid a protracted war against superior coalitions. He paints a fresh portrait of the run-up to the Marne and puts in dazzling relief the Battle of the Marne itself: the French resolve to win, and the crucial lack of coordination between Germany’s First and Second Armies. Herwig also provides stunning cameos of all the important players, from Germany’s Chief of General Staff Helmuth von Moltke to his rival, France’s Joseph Joffre. Revelatory and riveting, this is the source on this seminal event.

The Marne Campaign - LT COL F.E. Whitton
Call Number: 940.421 W627
Publication Date: 1917, 1921
"The Battle of the Marne furnishes the military student with a signal example of the strategical counter-attack on a great scale. It provides many interesting illustrations of the local tactical counter-attack, no doubt, but Joffre's masterstroke was essentially strategical rather than tactical." -- From the Introduction, C.E.C.

The Swordbearers - Correlli Barnett
Call Number: 940.414 B261
ISBN: 0253355842
Publication Date: 1975-04-01
Published in England in late October 1963 to almost unanimous critical praise, The Swordbearers assesses the characters of four supreme commanders in World War I -- two German, one French, one English, adn their influence on epic events. COL GEN Von Moltke, the sensitive man in poor health, became a weeping wreck as the German invasion of France at the outbreak of the war was slowed to a standstill before the Battle of the Marne.

The Two Battles of the Marne - Marshal Joffre; General von Ludendorff; Marshal Foch; Crown Prince Wilhelm
Call Number: 940.414 J64
Publication Date: 1927
"The battle of the Marne was not only a giant conflict of great armies, but also a significant struggle between two methods of command."

Twenty Decisive Battles of the world - LTC Joseph B. Mitchell and Sir Edward Creasy
Call Number: 904 MIT
Publication Date: 1964
Historical battles spanning from 490 BCE to 1943 CE.
The First Battle of the Marne, A.D. 1914

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World War I - Hew Strachan (Editor)
Call Number: 940.3 W927
ISBN: 0198206143
Publication Date: 1999-02-04
See the Miracle of the Marne, p. 42 ff.

Professional Papers

  • Application in the Principles of War: The Schlieffen Plan
    Goodin, J. A. Student Report. Air Command and Staff College. APR 1984. The Schlieffen Plan was Germany's contingency plan for a two-front war with France and Russia at the outbreak of European hostilities in 1914. This project describes the war plans of Germany and the Allies and accounts the first 33 days of WWI, ending in a German retreat at the Battle of the Marne. From the opening campaign of WW I, this project draws examples for illustrating the principles of war (as defined in AFM 1-1). It also provides questions and discussion for a seminar environment.
  • Coalition Warfare: A Successful Experiment on Combined Command, 1914-1918
    Differences in language, tactics, organization, and historical patterns can obstruct the successful establishment and maintenance of a joint effort.
  • The German General Staff in World War I
    This study reviews the problems of the German General Staff during the First World War in an attempt to highlight successes and understand failures. The defeat at the Marne and the eventual failure of Michael were the result of command, control and communications problems which prevented the German General Staff from placing needed forces at a decisive point and time to obtain a strategic victory.
  • Operational Leadership: A Case of General Helmuth von Moltke (The Younger)
    The four essential traits are: boldness, perseverance, flexibility and decisiveness. Using the operational leadership of General Helmuth von Moltke (The Younger) as a case study, we can review the significance of these four traits to his operational leadership.

  • The Schlieffen Plan: A case history of the relation of military strategy to national security policy.
    Forrest S. Holmes, Jr. USAWC Research Element Essay. Army War College, 1972. " The related offensive military strategy designed to achieve by means of war the results that could not be realized by the civil authorities is then considered in the context of, first, the Schlieffen Plan proper and, second, the drastically modified strategy actually employed during the First Marne campaign
    upon the outbreak of war."
  • The Schlieffen War Plan: What Impact Did Logistics Contribute to the Plan's Failure?
    Despite operational adjustments to the original Schlieffen plan, the strategic failure of the plan was its logistical inadequacy to support the plans operational goals and tactical requirements. The logistical inadequacy prevented the German army from using speed and maneuver to achieve success, elements that the Schlieffen plan relied on heavily.
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