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Le Cateau
By Nigel Cave

Le Cateau

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Le Cateau by Nigel Cave

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Le Cateau (26-27 August 1914) was the second major action fought by the BEF in the Great War. His men exhausted after fighting at Mons and by the subsequent speedy retreat, Lieutenant-General Horace Smith-Dorrien (commanding II Corps) decided that he had to make a stand in the vicinity of Le Cateau. There his men took on elements of four German corps in an action that succeeded in giving the BEF a respite, but at considerable cost. Amongst other elements of controversy in the conduct of the battle was the handling of the Royal Artillery. The battle also undermined the already fraught relationship between Smith-Dorrien and the BEF's commander, John French. The battlefield today remains largely as it was, open countryside, and it is an ideal location to view one of the most significant British battlefields of the early days of the war. In this action no less than five Victoria Crosses were won, three of them in one howitzer battery and two by men of the 2nd King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780850528428
ISBN-10: 0850528429
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 135mm x 18mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Publish Date: 14-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Nigel Cave

Nigel Cave is Series Editor of Battleground Europe WWI series and is a distinguished author in his own right. He also conducts Battlefield Tours around many of the WWI Battlefields.

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