Produced using unpublished letters home and contemporary accounts,
the author has written an excellent account of Lord Hugh Grosvenor
and his action at Zandvoorde. There are many rare and well-chosen
images, maps and photographs to support the text. First Class Account.
NAME: Last Stand at Zandvoorde 1914, Lord Hugh Grosvenor's Noble
AUTHOR: Mike McBride
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWI, World War 1, World War I, First World War, BEF,
rearguard, fighting retreat, German Army
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DESCRIPTION: Produced using unpublished letters home and contemporary
accounts, the author has written an excellent account of Lord Hugh
Grosvenor and his action at Zandvoorde. There are many rare and well-
chosen images, maps and photographs to support the text.
First Class Account.
Lord Hugh Grosvenor was the son of the Duke of Westminster, of a
family that traces back to 1066 and has produced many courageous
warriors. At Zandvoorde, Lord Hugh was demonstrating the finest
qualities of the soldier and the mystery is that his body, and that
of 100 soldiers were never found.
Britain had a small but very professional standing army which was
used to create the British Expeditionary Force. The BEF arrived in
France with totally inadequate numbers to face the German invasion
of Belgium. The Germans dismissed the BEF as a Contemptable Little
Army and then found to their horror just how effective it was. The
BEF fought with such ferocity that the Germans came up against
companies and smaller units but thought they had encountered the
Inevitably, the BEF was forced back but blunted the German advance
and frustrated their plans for a lighting war and rapid occupation
of France. It was also inevitable that many units of the BEF were
annihilated by vastly superior numbers.
As units fought a valiant rearguard action, they fell back in good
order and rejoined neighbouring units. As the Germans were slowed
and halted, both armies began to dig in and the trench warfare that
was to cost so many lives was begun.
This is a dramatic story and merited a dramatic account by the author,
of one of the example actions at Zandvoorde. It shows how the cavalry
tactics reached a turning point in the face of new weapons technology.
It is a very personal story of courage and self-sacrifice that is a
beacon in history.