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Before Endeavours Fade: Guide to the Battlefields of the First World War [Paperback]

Rose E.B. Coombs
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15 Nov 1994
All the major battlegrounds of the First World War are featured, photographed and mapped, combining the research, travels and knowledge of the late Rose Coombs with updated text and new photos of some of the memorials.


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: After the Battle; 7th Revised edition edition (15 Nov 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0900913851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0900913853
  • Product Dimensions: 29.4 x 21 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Before Endeavours Fade 25 Jan 2003
Format:Paperback
Rose Coomb's book is indispensable for anyone interested in touring the French and Belgian WWI battlefields. I visited the battlefields in December of 2002, following the detailed routes from the Michelin maps provided in the book. The descriptions of the events are brief enough that you can read them while at the actual battlefield sites, and they will greatly aid in your reconstruction of your travels when you develop your photos. Make certain that you go to the battlefields to pay homage to our brave and never forgotten Commonwealth soldiers.
"Their bodies are buried in peace, but their name liveth for evermore."
Ecclesiasticus 44:14
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for visitors to War Graves 1 Mar 2001
Format:Hardcover
I found that every WW1 site I entered had this book as a "must" on their reading list. After I'd browsed through its pages I had to agree. It's meticulously researched with all the CWG cemeteries described in great detail, neatly put into map sections with all the relevant information for visitors. It's also full of snippets of info about interesting graves eg VC winners, young soldiers, first & last men to die in WW1. For anyone seriously intending to visit several war cemeteries it is an invaluable tool - and a good read to boot. Highly recommended.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An exelent guide 16 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
It is wonderfull to see that this marvelous work is being kept up to date. It provides both routes and facts about the whole of the western front from the first world war. Originally written twenty five years ago it has now become an historical document in its own right while its revision has made sure that it is relevent to the modern traveller. Unfortunately the author passed away some years ago but she is well remembered and respected and I would recomend that anyone following this guide to the town of Ieper (Ypres) should add to their itinerary a stroll along the Rose Coombes memorial walk on the Ramparts of the town (Starts at the Lille gate).
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Journey along the Western Front 1914-1918. 16 May 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
There is hardly anyone who knew the Western front as well as Rose Coombs. This updated version corrects some factual errors, but is worthy of a read since there are many photos and maps of the entire western front 1914-1918. For beginners, this is a must read in order to familiarise yourself with that conflict, "the war to end all wars", so it was said.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even more invaluable than the original edition 13 Aug 2013
By JC
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I bought the original edition of this book in 1981 and over the years I have found it an invaluable reference work. While planning a visit to the Somme / Ypres areas earlier this summer I saw that an updated edition of this book was still on sale, but wondered if it was worth getting. I am glad I decided to go ahead with my purchase. The 100 extra pages contain a wealth of additional information (such as the existence of a British trench section in Auchonviliers) and the book details many of the changes (new monuments, car parking facilities, disappearing relics) that have happened in the 30+ years since I bought the original. I was also pleased to see that the incorrect labelling of the German Front Line on the aerial photograph of Newfoundland Park has been corrected. Anyone still using an early edition of this book will not regret buying the current edition. Anyone else looking for a comprehensive, authoritative guidebook should not hesitate to buy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Before Endeavours Fade 14 Feb 2012
Format:Paperback
I bought this as an upgrade to a much older version. For those people intending to spend a lot of time exploring the battlefields and memorials of World War 1 this is a comprehensive and indispensible source of information.. There is so much to see and do and Rose Coombes has managed to collate much of what is available into excellent tours for the motorist. I wouldn't be without it. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Before Endeavours Fade - Rose E Coombs 7 Jun 2009
Format:Paperback
This book is suberb, I would class this as the best book anyone could buy when making a visit to the battlefields of WW1. It is packed with information, pictures and maps. This makes for superb reading even if you are not able to make the trip to Belgium or France. The amount of research this must have taken to write must have been vast. Another thing to point out which is worth mentioning is that the book is really tough, I've taken my copy to the western front 3 times now and it has led a hard life in my rucksack when out walking for theday and the spine has never given up any pages and is still fully intact, imagine a book that fell apart in 5 minutes, you wouldn't be able to take it anywhere. Don't think about buying this book, just buy it, you won't be disappointed !!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible 23 Nov 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
For anyone travelling to France and Belgium this is a MUST, even if you think you're not a history buff it's such a great guide book , finding all those out of the way places and telling of their history. We have had so many happy fulfilling holidays with Rose beside us.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great history book
Published 2 days ago by John Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Fantastic detail.
Published 11 days ago by June and Bill. LK
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book, very useful reference and guide to the battlefield cemeteries and memorials.
Published 15 days ago by robward
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
I knew what I was buying because I bought this book many years ago but lost it. It still lived up to my expectations many years later.
Published 15 days ago by R. Mills
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Satisfied
Published 1 month ago by Kenneth Simpson
4.0 out of 5 stars In dept study of the area
Really covers all the bases
Published 1 month ago by Terry
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book that needs an updated edition
This book is a straightforward, geographical account of the Battlefields of the Western Front.
It is interesting, well written & presented. Read more
Published 3 months ago by DJH
4.0 out of 5 stars a good background reader
Definitely worth a look if you're thinking about going to the battlefields and memorials in Belgium and France, which I hope to do in 2015. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Asa
5.0 out of 5 stars Sobering
This book is a sobering read of a time and places etched in our history. May the actions of our forebears be rememberd forever.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Before Endeavours Fade.
This is an exceptional description of what to visit, regarding the WW1battlefields. I could probably add to this when I return mid April
Published 6 months ago by Chris
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