Mallinson, Allan: 1914 - Fight the Good Fight: Britain, the Army & the Coming of the First World War. First Edition/First Printing. *Signed*« back
This is a first edition and first printing of 1914: Fight the Good Fight by Allan Mallinson, published by Bantam Press in 2013.
The book and protected dust jacket are in Fine condition with no inscriptions and not price clipped.
Signed by the author to the title page.
One of Britain's foremost military historians has written a significant new history of the origins -- and the opening first few weeks fighting -- of what would become known as 'the war to end all wars'. Intensely researched and convincingly argued, Allan Mallinson explores and explains the grand strategic shift that occurred in the century before the war, the British Army's regeneration after its drubbings in its fight against the Boer, its almost calamitous experience of the first twenty days' fighting in Flanders, and the point at which the British Expeditionary Force -- the 'Old Contemptibles' -- took up the pick and the spade in the middle of September 1914, changing the war from one of movement into the now familiar image of the trenches and the coming of the Territorials, Kitchener's 'Pals', and ultimately the conscripts -- and of course the poets. And with them, a sense of pity and of futility.
An ex-infantry and cavalry officer, Mallinson brings his experience as a professional soldier to bear on the individuals, circumstances and events and the result is a vivid, compelling new history of the beginnings of the conflict -- and one that speculates -- tantalizingly -- on what might have been.