A Visitor’s Guide – The First Day of the Somme: Gommecourt to Maricourt

A Visitor’s Guide – The First Day of the Somme: Gommecourt to MaricourtThe First Day of the Somme: Gommecourt to Maricourt, 1 July 1916 by Jon Cooksey, Jerry Murland
ISBN: 147382799X
Published by Pen & Sword Books on August 5, 2016
Genres: Battlefield Guide

This guidebook uses a different approach from the previous one above that covers Ypres, and it is much less effective and rather old fashioned. There are no color maps or color photos and the book is not as well organized. For example, the modern map of Serre shows twelve numbered locations, but these appear over the next 28 pages and are not easy to follow. There are many historical photos, including several of the soldiers who fought there with brief descriptions of what these men did.

Reviewed by Dana Lombardy, publisher of WWOI

Retreat and Rearguard – Somme 1918: The Fifth Army Retreat

Retreat and Rearguard – Somme 1918: The Fifth Army RetreatRetreat and Rearguard - Somme 1918: The Fifth Army Retreat by Jerry Murland
ISBN: 9781781592670
Published by Pen & Sword Books on July 9th 2014
Genres: Military
Pages: 208

Len's Summary: The March 1918 Kaiserschlacht destroys Sir Hubert Gough’s army.

The Retreat from Mons 1914: South: The Western Front by Car, by Bike and on Foot

The Retreat from Mons 1914: South: The Western Front by Car, by Bike and on FootThe Retreat from Mons 1914: South: The Western Front by Car, by Bike and on Foot by Jon Cooksey, Jerry Murland
ISBN: 9781473823365
Published by Pen & Sword Books on October 31st 2014
Genres: Belgium, Military
Pages: 288

Len's Summary: Traces the path of the BEF in the early days of war.

Battle Lines: Ypres: Nieuwpoort to Ploegsteert

Battle Lines:  Ypres: Nieuwpoort to PloegsteertBattle Lines: Ypres: Nieuwpoort to Ploegsteert by Jon Cooksey, Jerry Murland
ISBN: 9781848847934
Published by Pen & Sword Books on January 1st 2013
Genres: Military, Travel, World War I
Pages: 240

Len's Summary: First in a series of new Pen & Sword walking, cycling and motoring battlefield guides.

Retreat and Rearguard 1914: The BEF’s Actions from Mons to the Marne

Retreat and Rearguard 1914: The BEF’s Actions from Mons to the Marneby Jerry Murland
ISBN: 9781848843912
Published by Pen & Sword Books on February 2012
Genres: History, Military, World War I
Pages: 205

Len's Summary: The BEF’s fighting retreat in 1914. See Also John Terraine, Mons: The Retreat to Victory (1960).

Battle on the Aisne 1914: The BEF and the Birth of the Western Front

Battle on the Aisne 1914: The BEF and the Birth of the Western FrontBattle on the Aisne 1914: The BEF and the Birth of the Western Front by Jerry Murland
ISBN: 9781848847699
Published by Pen & Sword Books on January 19th 2013
Genres: History, Military, World War I
Pages: 247

Len's Summary: Where the front turned into a gelid stalemate. Continuation of Murland’s book Retreat and Rearguard 1914: The BEF’s Actions from Mons to the Marne (Pen & Sword, 2012).