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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military (20 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844156710
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844156719
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 18 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 472,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By I. Swirles on 31 Mar. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a thoroughly entertaining book which covers the disciplines of history and archaeology. It starts and finishes with touching and humane stories; these being the burial of a soldier from the Great War and the painstaking effort of identifying the remains of four soldiers found during the course of an archaeological excavation. These findings are a reminder of how people today can be affected by a war that ended nearly a hundred years ago.

The book conveys the difficulty that archaeologists face when trying to piece together information from the Great War. The authors explain that the trenches often had different uses throughout their existence. Some were also heavily shelled, further complicating the archaeology of the trenches. The difficulty in piecing together the history of a trench is explained in terms that can be easily understood.

As a reader you will learn about trench construction and also gain an insight into life in the trenches. I enjoyed reading this book and I would recommend it to others.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Tony B on 6 April 2008
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In May 2006, Andrew Robertshaw and I stood in Avril William's Ocean Villas tea rooms at Auchonvilliers. Andy told me the story of a British Soldier whose remains had been discovered at serre in 2003, and that amongst his possedcions were coins from Jersey, my home. Whilist everyone might not be lucky enough to be informed and inspired by the man himself, this book will run a close second. No Man's Land groupfirst came to genral notice because of the TV programmes Finding the Fallen and Trench Detectives. This book details the groups objectives and takes the reader through the life of a soldier in the trenches on the Western Front of the Great War. the book starts with a good basic explanation of archeological techniques, the relevance of finds and how they can support the historical record of the times. The text may also change the widley held preconcived ideas of the Great War held by many. The book also deals with the moraltity of excavating those who died within (just) living memory and the problems facing those who live in an area that some se a sacred site, for others just where they live. Far from an academic tome the text is sprinkled with dry humour and sharp comments, this plus the illustrations make it a must read for anyone who visits the area. Walk softly, you not on whom you may be treading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John C Evans on 24 Feb. 2014
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Fell across an old review of this book, and borrowed it from the library. I was very impressed with it. Incidentally, it debunks some of the myths and assumptions that we almost all share about WWI. I learned a huge amount about life on the Western front - so much so that I bought a copy on Amazon to give as a gift. Highly recommended.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. C. Tipler on 3 July 2009
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Having already read `Killing Time` by Nicholas J Saunders i didn`t think you could improve on this subject. This is written in plain English and very difficult to put down it just makes you want to go out and walk the old front line. Robertshaw is an authority on military history and this is no exception as this detailed and well researched book is a must for who are interested in WW1.
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