Don't get me wrong, I love an illustrated book. Osprey have been doing an excellent job in this department for years, and I was happy to see a title that covered most of the protagonists during the Great War. But what makes this title stand out from the Osprey titles, or even the beautiful Blandford colour series of the late 1970's, is the standard of illustrations. Here the publishers have employed a number of illustrators, some of whom are more skilled than others. Whereas as book illustrated, say, by Mike Chappell, would be a joy to own, here the inconsistency of the style employed by some of the illustrators lets the book down badly. For example, some of the pictures used In the British part seem to suggest that the illustrator has used a modern model, and fitted the uniforms to them using a graphics package. This means that the perspective is often wrong, the fit looks odd, and the shape of some kit looks strange. Colours also look a bit weird in places. Other artists in the book have used more traditional means of illustration, which gives a much better feel, and their work has been let down by others. Here and there the text is a bit wonky, but this can be forgiven. Future books in the series need to look carefully at the overall standard and consistency. Needless to say, maybe I was expecting too much from this book.