This book, originally published in 1981, tells the story of the regular soldiers and reservists of the British Expeditionary Force (B. E. F.) who fought in the first six months of the First World War on the Western Front. This photographic history of the B. E. F. is unique in that the photographs were taken not by official war photographers, but either by the few press photographers who were able to get near the Front or by members of the B. E. F themselves. Complementing the photographs are many first-hand accounts of their experiences by ‘Old Contemptibles’ and an authoritative text by Keith Simpson.
1. Over by Christmas 2. Rival Plans and Armies 3. The Encounter Battles 4. The Battle at Ypres 5. Aftermath. Epilogue. Note on the Illustrations. Notes. Bibliography. Index.